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  • Director Agnès Varda sits in a director's chair on the beach, looking out at painted stand-outs of seagulls in the sand.
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VARDA BY AGNÈS

MUST END THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

DIRECTED BY AGNÈS VARDA

12:15   2:35   4:55   7:20   9:40

This final film from the beloved Oscar®-winning Agnès Varda (1928 – 2019) is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Suffused with the people, places, and things she loved—Jacques Demy, cats, colors, beaches, heart-shaped potatoes—this wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents.

Presented with support from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund.

FRANCE    2019    120 MINS.    IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    JANUS FILMS

Reviews

“Critic’s Pick. A perfect introduction and a lovely valediction… A blend of personal essay and greatest-hits album… of a six-decade career of remarkable creativity… [Varda] is a playful, charming, quizzical presence… she helps you think about art, which in turn helps you think about everything else.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A grand, warmhearted testament to her lifetime of creative connections, her art of self-transformation, and her relentless transformation of the art of cinema itself.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Is there anything in life more pleasurable than watching energetic nonagenarian Agnès Varda continue to churn out excellent movies? This year, with VARDA BY AGNÈS… in delving into her unparalleled oeuvre and inspirations, she delivers a breathtaking self-portrait of an artist at the height of her powers.”
– Travis Jeppesen, Artforum

“Both an excellent primer for newcomers, and a wonderful parting gift for longtime fans. The perfect way for the legendary auteur to have the last word.”
– David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“Two hours of magic.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)