GLEANING TRUTHS: AGNÈS VARDA
8 brand-new digital restorations of Agnès Varda’s best-known films are touring venues across the UK and streaming on Curzon Home Cinema to celebrate the release of her Oscar-nominated documentary 'Faces Places' - now showing in cinemas and on demand. If you’ve attended one of our Reclaim The Frame preview screenings of 'Faces Places', don’t forget to use your exclusive voucher code with this collection!
Agnès Varda was making new wave films before the French New Wave existed. This curated retrospective shows why Varda - now in her 90th year and showing no signs of slowing down - is a vital presence on the landscape of cinema. Her first feature was 'La Pointe Courte' (1955), a drama set in a fishing town that appeared four years before the debut of Truffaut and Godard. 'Cléo from 5 to 7' (1961) captured the carefree atmosphere of early 1960s Paris through its real-time portrait of a pop singer awaiting important news, while the rapturously colourful 'Le Bonheur' (1965) exposes hypocrisy and the fairness of gender relations in family life. If 'Vagabond' (1985) presented a raw account of life for one rootless woman and 'Jacquot de Nantes' (1991) presents a lyrical portrait of Varda's late husband Jacques Demy's early life, her more recent films engage in her own style of personal documentary. Taken together, 'The Gleaners and I' (2000) and 'The Beaches of Agnès' (2008) are joyous celebrations of the world around us and the people that inhabit it.