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Oedipus at the Arcade: Varda’s Empathetic Exploration of Taboo
Invariably, most conversations concerning Agnes Varda, the sole female auteur amongst the prized clutch of men whose names project like immortal pillars from the fog of the Nouvelle Vague, reference her two most renowned titles, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) and Vagabond (1985). But in-between and after these two iconic moments from her filmography lies a sea of titles waiting to be re-discovered (a recent disc-set from Criterion’s Eclipse series several weeks ago was a first step in exploring her more obscure works).
Boutique distributor Cinelicious Pics continues in this vein with two digital restorations of Varda’s from 1988, both inextricably linked via star Jane Birkin (after a theatrical bow in New York, both titles will move on to Los Angeles). The more textually subversive of these is Kung Fu Master!, a sympathetic tale of doomed love between a 40-year-old »
- Nicholas Bell
Director Agnès Varda, who in September became the first female director to take Cannes' honorary Palme d'Or, debuted a new short film titled "Les 3 Boutons" in Venice. She won the Golden Lion back in 1985 for "Vagabond." Varda, who won the Golden Lion in 1985 for "Vagabond," directed the film as one in a series of shorts created by Miu Miu, centered on women artists celebrating femininity in the 21st century. The short is screening in the Venice Days sidebar, but here it is in full. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Agnès Varda just dropped her new short film, “Les 3 Boutons,” and it looks absolutely magical. Inspired, imaginative, and lyrical, the film follows “an adolescent who lives and works on a farm and tends goats asks herself the typical questions of her age and shares them with us. From the countryside to town, she pursues a waking dream but loses three buttons during her journey.” By all appearances a modern fairy tale, the short is set in a halcyon idyll and instantly defines itself with an endearing trifecta of magic, innocence, and whimsy. Read More: 20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors It’s no surprise that a short from such a legendary and important filmmaker arrives with a ton of promise. Varda (“Cléo from 5 to 7,” “Vagabond”), who started out as a photographer and photojournalist, was an integral player in the development of French New Wave. In particular, she was one of »
- Zach Hollwedel
Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The French filmmaker will the first female director to be given the honour. Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002, Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been granted this distinction.
“And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs,” she said of following in their footsteps with her well-known sense of humour.
The award is given by the festival’s board of directors to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have never won Cannes’ top prize - the Palme d’or.
Varda, 86, is a photographer, writer, actress, director and visual artist.
She studied photography and learned the ropes at the Avignon Festival, where she was »
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Part of a wave of welcome recognition, influential filmmaker Agnes Varda will receive an honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s 68th Cannes Festival. She follows in the footsteps of just Woody Allen (2002), Clint Eastwood (2009) and Bernardo Bertolucci (2011).
The award goes to renowned directors whose works have achieved global impact but who have never won the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or, the festival explained, announcing the honor Saturday. Varda will receive the plaudit at the Cannes Festival’s closing ceremony on May 24.
The honorary Palme d’Or follows a tribute at 2014’s Locarno Festival and a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy, presented last December at the 27th European Film Awards.
It marks recognition for a figure whose career is often associated with the French Nouvelle Vague but begun a half-decade before with 1954’s “La Pointe Courte,” her first feature film, which starred Philippe Noiret and was edited by Alain Resnais. »
- John Hopewell
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the preliminary lineup for the second edition of Art of the Real, a festival dedicated exclusively to documentary filmmaking. This year's program will most notably include a special retrospective on the films of legendary French New Wave director Agnès Varda, who is scheduled to be in attendance at several screenings. Notable titles slated to screen from Varda's oeuvre include include "La Pointe Courte," "Vagabond" and "The Gleaners and I." Besides the Varda retrospective, Art of the Real revealed its slate of opening night films, which include two shorts that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Art of the Real Documentary-As-Art Festival will take place in New York from April 10-26. Read More: Is the Definition of 'Documentary' Too Narrow? This New Series Has the Answer »
- Ana Souza
6 items from 2015
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