This five-episode television commission is one of Agnès Varda’s most charming and underseen works. Shot through with her unique brand of cinematic creation, the film questions everything and is fascinated by that which most people would miss. In episode one, she’s in Berlin and Nantes, visiting Chris Marker and Manoel de Olivera. In episode two, it’s Brazil, Brussels, and Stockholm, where she encounters filmmakers, artists, and curators like Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Miquel Barceló. In episode three, Varda spirits away to Basel, Cologne, St. Petersburg, and back to Paris, working on her own projects and visiting with filmmaker Alexander Sokurov and artists Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager. In episode four, we join her in traveling to Lyon and the south of France for escapades at the Lyon Biennale, with fishermen on the coast, and others. Finally, in episode five, Varda returns to California after many years, with a side trip to Mexico City, and finally returning to Europe via Frankfurt. In Los Angeles, murals are the focus (like in her 1981 masterpiece Mur Murs), and she sees what Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas is up to.
There will be a 15-minute intermission between episodes three and four.