Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.
CAST & CREW
Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget
Director of Photography
Claire Duguet, François Décréau, Julia Fabry
Boris Chapelle, Alain Savary, David Chaulier
Nicolás Longinotti, Alexandra Pocquet
Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès.
Ciné Tamaris Arte France
Born in Brussels, Agnes Varda spent her childhood in Belgium with her four brothers and sisters. During the war, in 1940, moved the family to the south of France. She spent her adolescence in Sète and later Paris where she took her baccalaureate, afterwards studying at the Louvre and then photography at night school in Vaugirard. Varda became photographer for Jean Vilar, founder of the Avignon Festival in 1948, and later for the People’s National Theatre (TNP) (the film star Gerard Philipe shined there among others). She held her first solo exhibition in her home in 1954, followed by several reportage missions in China and Cuba. Over the course of her travels and via the people she met, she produced several portraits of both ordinary and famous people of her time. Without any training, Agnès Varda moved to the medium of cinema. She created her own small company Cine-Tamaris to produce and direct her first feature length film, La Pointe Courte, which earnt her the title of ‘The Grandmother of the New Wave’. She received Honorary Palm d'Or (2015) and Honorary Oscar (2017).
La Pointe Courte (1955), L’opéra-mouffe/Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958, short), O saisons, ô châteaux (1958, doc.), La cocotte d'azur (1958, doc.), Along the Coast (1958, doc.), The Fiancés of the Bridge Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (1961, short), Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), Salut les Cubains (1964, doc.), Le Bonheur (1965), The Creatures (1966), Elsa la rose (1966, doc.), Far from Vietnam (segment, 1967, doc.), Uncle Yanco (1967, short, doc.), Black Panthers (1968, doc.), Lions Love (1969), Nausicaa (1970, TV), Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe (1975, doc.), Daguerréotypes (1976, doc.), The Pleasure of Love in Iran (1976, doc.), One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977), Mur murs (1981, doc.), Documenteur (1981), Une minute pour une image (1983, TV series, doc.), Ulysse (1983, short, doc.), The So-called Caryatids (1984 doc), 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir (1984, short), Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond (1985), The Story of an Old Lady (1985, short), You've Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know (1986, short), Le petit amour/Kung-fu Master! (1988), Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988), Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993, doc.), One Hundred and One Nights de of Simon Cinéma (1995), The World of Jacques Demy (1995, doc.), The Gleaners & I (2000, doc.), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002, doc.), Homage to Zgougou the Cat (2002, doc.), Le lion volatil (2003, short), Ydessa, the Bears and etc. (2004, doc.), Cinévardaphoto (2004, doc.), Viennale Walzer (2004, short), Les dites cariatides bis (2005, doc.), Cléo from 5 to 7: Remembrances and Anecdotes (2005, short), Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier (2006, doc.), Vive les courts metrages: Agnès Varda présente les siens en DVD (2007, doc.), The Beaches of Agnès (2008, doc.), Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011, TV mini-series), Un salut à Henri Langlois (2014, short), Les 3 boutons (2015, short), Faces Places (2017, doc.), Varda by Agnès (2019, TV doc.).