Photographer, filmmaker, cinewriter, and documentarian Agnès Varda marks her 80th birthday with this intimate, autobiographical film in which she returns to important locations from her career. A celebration of a rich life, the documentary also features photographs and clips from films she made with her late husband, Jacques Demy. It’s a fascinating reminiscence by Varda (who appeared at the Walker in 2001 for a Regis Dialogue and Retrospective), “a lyrical, restlessly inventive memory film” (LA Weekly). 2008, 35mm, in French with English subtitles, 110 minutes.
is a celebrated figure in modern film history, often cited as the only woman director of the French New Wave. Working mainly in France, she has made features, documentaries, and shorts as well as a musical. A brief list includes La Pointe courte (1954), Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1962), Happiness (Le Bonheur) (1965), One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (l’Une chante, l’autre pas) (1977), Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) (1985), Jacquot (Jacquot de Nantes) (1991), and The Gleaners and I (Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse) (2000).