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French Cultural Institute

08.03. - 21:00,
Euro Cinema

19.03. - 21:00,
Cinema House

Director:  Agnes Varda
Cinematography:  Alain Sakot, Helene Louvart, Arlene Nelson and Varda
Screenplay:  Agnes Varda
Producer:  Agnes Varda
Music:  Joanna Bruzdowicz, Stephane Vilar and Paule Cornet
Editor(s):  Agnes Varda , Jean-Baptiste Morain, Baptiste Filloux
Production:  Cine-Tamaris/ARTE France Cinema
International distribution:  Roissy Films
DOCUMENTAY PROGRAMME - OUT OF COMPETITION
45 Azaryan
Apocalypse on wheels
Bridge over the Wall
Closed by Prescription
Cuba is Music
Ivan Kirkov or To Survive in a Memory
Jazzta - Prasta or Which Are the Bulgarian Notes
Lost Paradise
Noble Commitments
Sevt The Immortal
The Beaches of Agnes
The Day After Peace
The Wind of Shuvgey
The Beaches of Agnes
Les Plages dAgnes
The Beaches of Agnes
France , 2008, 115 min, color
Awards:  Toronto 2008 - "Masters"

If you open people, youll find landscapes. If you open me, youll find beaches.

Agnes Varda

When one thinks of the major figures of postwar cinema, the name of Agnes Varda immediately springs to mind. Her body of work is defined by a wealth of innovation and imagination. Her new film, a moving contemplation of her life an career, is a reminder that there are few artists capable of such eloquence in cinema.
Varda takes beaches as her point of departure. Though she was not born near the ocean, she would travel to the seaside every Easter and summer during her childhood, and her memories of these trips act as a springboard for the films meditation on her early life. She recalls her wartime exile to the coastal village of Sete as a period of endless fun and life jackets. While a young adult, Varda began her career as a photographer before raising a family with her husband, Jacques Demy (best known for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) and eventually turning to filmmaking. Returning to Sete over a decade after the end of the war, she used to locate and its fisherman as the backdrop for her remarkable first feature film, La Pointe courte.

Varda weaves photographs, vintage footage, scenes from her films and present-day sequences into a memorable voyage through her life. It is a singular trip played out against the exciting context of the postwar explosion of cultural expression in France. Idiosyncratic, engaging and deeply moving, Les Plages dAgnes is the autobiography of a magnificent artist and a woman of vital curiosity.

Piers Handling

Agnes Varda
French director, born in 1928 in Brussels, Belgium. She is a renowned figure in modern film history. Her first feature, La Pointe Courte, was one of the key precursor films of the French New Wave. Throughout her career, she has alternated short and feature films, fiction and documentary. Among the best known films of Agnes are Cleo de 5 a 7, Le Bonheur, LUne chante, lautre pas, Sans toit ni loi, Jacquot de Nantes.
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