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Agnès Varda

A conversation with Agnès Varda about cinécriture and film as a political and feminist statement

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Artistic legacies

Organizing Institutions

Slought, Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University

Organizers

Nora M. Alter, Timothy Corrigan, Nicola Gentili, Aaron Levy, Jean-Michel Rabaté

Opens to public

03/13/2013

Time

6-7:30pm

Address

Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania
210 S. 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Economy

100% Formal - 0% Informal

Slought is pleased to announce a conversation with Agnès Varda and Molly Nesbit on March 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm. The event, which is jointly organized by the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Slought Foundation, will take place in Meyerson Hall at the University of Pennsylvania (210 S. 34th St).

A selection of films by Varda, including Cleo de 5 a 7 (1962), Les graneurs et la glaneuse (2000), and Les plages de'Agnes (2008) - will be screened at Slought and at International House through March 2013. Varda will also be presenting as part of Things That Quicken the Heart?, a Chris Marker Symposium, on March 15, 2013.

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Agnès Varda is one of the leading filmmakers of our time. Her self-funded debut, the 1956 fiction-documentary hybrid La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film. In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture, and it can be seen in audacious fictions like Le bonheur and Vagabond as well as revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Molly Nesbit is Chair and Professor in the Department of Art at Vassar College as well as a contributing editor of Artforum. Since 2002, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has tri-curated Utopia Station, an ongoing book, exhibition, seminar, website and street project.

Acknowledgements

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of University of Pennsylvania's Cinema Studies Program, Department of Fine Arts, Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Art, Slought Foundation, and Temple University's Department of Film and Media Arts. Additional support has been provided by University of Pennsylvania's Department of French Studies, Department of English, Penn Humanities Forum, and School of Arts and Sciences. We also acknowledge the collaboration of the International House of Philadelphia and Scribe Video Center.

Associated Screenings

February 25, 6pm
at Slought

Agnès Varda, Cleo de 5 a 7
(France, 1962, DVD, 90mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Sans toit ni loi
(France, 1985, DVD, 105mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Les graneurs et la glaneuse
(France, 2000, DVD, 82mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)

February 27, 6pm
at Slought

Agnès Varda, Documenteur
(USA, 1980/1, DVD, 64mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, L'essai: 7 p., cuis., s. de b.
(France, 1984, DVD, 27mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)

March 11, 7pm
at International House, Ibrahim Theater

Agnès Varda, Daguerreotypes
(France, 1975, digital, 80mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Cinevardaphoto
(France, 1962-­2004, 92mins. digital, mins. b/w & color, French w/ English subtitles)

March 14, 7pm
at International House, Ibrahim Theater

Agnès Varda, The Beaches of Agnes
(France, 2008, 100mins. digital, mins. b/w & color, French w/ English subtitles)