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January 31, 2020 – February 29, 2020

In early 2019, global cinema lost a major voice with the passing of the French/Belgian filmmaker, photographer, and artist Agnès Varda at age ninety. Her exceptional body of work spans nearly seven decades and a mind-boggling array of styles, movements, and friends. Varda tackled many of the critical issues of her day, with particular focus on women’s issues and how they relate to society at large.

Starting her filmmaking career somewhat abruptly and almost whimsically in 1955, with her debut La Pointe Courte, Varda lit the spark for the boys’-club of the French New Wave—a movement with which she was often confusingly associated, most often with “West Bank” filmmakers like Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, and the love of her life, Jacques Demy. Despite this loose association (usually made by others), over the course of the next sixty-plus years, Varda forged a uniquely spirited filmmaking path all her own, with masterpieces like Cléo From 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Gleaners and I, and Daguerréotypes living comfortably alongside idiosyncratic documentaries, freewheeling short films, photography, and installation work. In the late 1970s, she founded her own production studio, Ciné-Tamaris, whose cat-centric logo is familiar to fans worldwide.

Varda’s key filmmaking philosophy, cinécriture (or, “film writing”), courses strongly through her work. Simply, the idea is that each part of filmmaking is a choice or decision, and that each choice must be undertaken deliberately and with intention. Through this mode of working, Varda tends to every idea and, via her art, allows us to see the world in a completely new—and usually more playful—light. She was always generous with her life’s experience and acquired knowledge about art-making and the world, but this tendency grew in her later years, which saw Varda giving charming talks about film and life all over the world, up until the very end.

The Northwest Film Center is pleased to present this near-complete retrospective of Varda’s incredible films throughout February 2020.

Agnès Varda Shorts Program One

Directed by Agnès Varda

A trio of shorts from Varda’s early career saw her expanding her cinematic palette after La Pointe Courte, her 1955

Agnès Varda Shorts Program Three

Directed by Agnès Varda

Six shorts from the mid-70s up through the early aughts, capturing Varda at her unpredictable and charming best. This program

Agnès Varda Shorts Program Two

Directed by Agnès Varda

Four early-mid-career Varda shorts—two exploring varieties of love and two from her late-60s trip to California—craft unforgettable portraits of very

Agnès Varda: From Here to There

Directed by Agnès Varda

This five-episode television commission is one of Agnès Varda’s most charming and underseen works. Shot through with her unique brand


Directed by Agnès Varda

A meditation on the medium of photography and the power of a still image to poignantly capture a moment in

Cléo from 5 to 7

Directed by Agnès Varda

Varda’s breakthrough film—a landmark of feminist cinema and one of the only Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) films to deal entirely


Directed by Agnès Varda

When stuck at home following the birth of her son Mathieu, Varda endeavored to create a film only within the


Directed by Agnès Varda

This small-scale fiction about a divorced mother and her child (played by Agnès Varda’s own son) leading a quiet existence

Faces Places

Directed by Agnès Varda, JR

Much as she did with her much-loved classic The Gleaners and I (2000), this whimsical yet profound road trip through

Jacquot de Nantes

Directed by Agnès Varda

An almost unbearably moving tribute to and portrait of Varda’s beloved husband Jacques Demy, made while he was dying from

Jane B. Par Agnès V.

Directed by Agnès Varda

Varda’s freewheeling documentary, never before released in the United States, is a deeply idiosyncratic portrait of the famed French actress,

Kung-Fu Master

Directed by Agnès Varda

Varda’s son Mathieu Demy stars alongside Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in this tender look inside a mother-daughter-boy love triangle

La Pointe Courte

Directed by Agnès Varda

The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against

Le Bonheur

Directed by Agnès Varda

Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse (Claire Drouot), young husband and father François (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly

Lion’s Love (…and Lies)

Directed by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda brings New York counterculture to Los Angeles. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman

Mur Murs

Directed by Agnès Varda

One of Varda’s most charming films in a career built on such work, Mur Murs is one of a handful

One Hundred and One Nights

Directed by Agnès Varda

A celebration of cinema at one hundred years of age, this broad and whimsical comedy stars screen legend Michel Piccoli

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Directed by Agnès Varda

Varda’s mid-career film, dripping in garish ’70s color schemes, is a paean to female friendship and solidarity. The friendship of

The Beaches of Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda

One of Varda’s most beautiful tributes to life as we know it, The Beaches of Agnès is a cine-memoir which

The Gleaners & I

Directed by Agnès Varda

One of Varda’s most unforgettable films about people on the margins of society (a specialty), The Gleaners & I follows

The Gleaners & I: Two Years Later

Directed by Agnès Varda

A companion piece to Varda’s 2000 video work The Gleaners & I, one of her most beloved films and a

The World of Jacques Demy

Directed by Agnès Varda

Not satisfied after making one of cinema’s most lovely tributes to a lover/husband/artist of all time (1991’s Jacquot de Nantes),

The Young Girls Turn 25

Directed by Agnès Varda

Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort is one of French cinema’s true gems, a candy-colored musical extravaganza that, once


Directed by Agnès Varda

In Varda’s own words a poetic soliloquy for an unknown woman, this 1985 masterpiece follows Mona (an unforgettable Sandrine Bonnaire),

Varda by Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s