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The first lady is coming: A retrospective of Agnès Varda

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A new project entitled The Greats of World Documentary Film is launched with a unique retrospective of 17 documentary films including the successful documentaries The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners and I by the French director Agnès Varda. “The fact that Varda is one of the gems of world cinema whose works must be made accessible to viewers across the globe was never doubted at DAFilms even for a second,” says Diana Tabakov, acquisitions manager at DAFilms.


Agnès Varda created a stir by participating in the creation of the script for the erotic film Last Tango in Paris. Her creative film Cléo from 5 to 7 is considered one of the gems of the French New Wave. Some French critics perceived Varda as a director who parodies the New Wave. With a smile she responded that this statement is not precise because at that time she was still only in her thirties. Varda herself is against categorising. In her films, she focuses on topics such as sex, ageing, death and breaking social taboos.

For FREE STREAM from February 4 to February 17.


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Films for the event

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QUELQUES VEUVES DE NOIRMOUTIER

QUELQUES VEUVES DE NOIRMOUTIER (Orig.) / 2006 / France / 70 min

The film is about the widows on the island Noirmoutier...

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YDESSA, THE BEARS AND ETC.

YDESSA, LES OURS et ETC... (Orig.) / 2004 / France / 44 min

In two huge rooms, discover hundreds of old photographs: children in their Sunday best, families gathered, groups of friends, athletes or colleagues, etc., and discover that in each picture we also see a teddy bear…

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WOMEN REPLY: OUR BODIES, OUR SEX

RÉPONSE DE FEMMES (Orig.) / 1975 / France / 8 min

To the question “What is a woman?” posed by a television station, a few women filmmakers have responded, including Agnès Varda...

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BLACK PANTHERS

BLACK PANTHERS (Orig.) / 1968 / France / 30 min

This film was shot during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California around the meetings organized by the Black Panthers Party to free Huey Netwon, one of their leaders, and to turn his trial into a political debate...

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SALUT LES CUBAINS

SALUT LES CUBAINS (Orig.) / 1963 / France / 30 min

Four years after Fidel Castro came to power, Agnès Varda brought back from Cuba 1,800 photos and used them to make an educational and amusing documentary...

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UNCLE YANCO

UNCLE YANCO (Orig.) / 1967 / France / 22 min

This is a portrait of the painter Jean Varda, my uncle...

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ELSA LA ROSE

ELSA LA ROSE (Orig.) / 1965 / France / 20 min

Images and poems of the celebrated couple Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet...

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Diary of a Pregnant Woman

L’OPÉRA-MOUFFE (Orig.) / 1958 / France / 17 min

The diary of a pregnant woman in a neighborhood called la Mouffe (on rue Mouffetard in Paris). The market, the bums, the drunks…

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THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS

LES PLAGES D’AGNES (Orig.) / 2008 / France / 110 min

Returning to the beaches which have been parts of her life, Agnès Varda invents a kind of self-portrait-documentary...

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Two years later

DEUX ANS APRÈS (Orig.) / 2001 / France / 64 min

In 2000, Agnès Varda made her much-praised documentary LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE / THE GLEANERS AND I, filming gleaners who live on discarded or left food...

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The Gleaners and I

LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE (Orig.) / 1999 / France / 82 min

An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda...

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L’UNIVERS DE JACQUES DEMY

L’UNIVERS DE JACQUES DEMY (Orig.) / 1993 / France / 90 min

After doing a fiction film about Jacques’ childhood (Jacquot de Nantes), my idea was to make a documentary—a relatively objective one—about Jacques Demy, as an adult and a filmmaker...

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DOCUMENTEUR

DOCUMENTEUR (Orig.) / 1981 / France / 63 min

In Los Angeles, Emilie wanders in the shadows of her emotions. She is obsessed with words, she works in front of the ocean...

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MUR MURS

MUR MURS (Orig.) / 1981 / France / 80 min

Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures...

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DAGUERRÉOTYPES

DAGUERRÉOTYPES (Orig.) / 1975 / France / 75 min

Daguerréotypes is not a film about the Rue Daguerre (a picturesque street in the fourteenth district of Paris where I live), it is a film about one block of that street (between the number 70 and the number 90)...

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LA POINTE COURTE

LA POINTE COURTE (Orig.) / 1954 / France / 80 min

There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple...

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THE SO-CALLED CARYATIDS

LES DITES CARIATIDES (Orig.) / 1984 / France / 13 min

Women statues, human columns, the Caryatids of Paris...

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