December 3, 2023


Showing: Wednesday, March 11 – 8:00 PM
Year: 2019
Country: France

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For the health and safety of our audience, tonight’s screening of VARDA BY AGNES is being canceled. Hopefully we will be able to schedule it again soon.


The final film by the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of her own career. Impish and wise, she guides a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Known as the mother of the French New Wave, she was one of the most significant directors of her time. 2019, France, 115 minutes, documentary

POST-FILM DISCUSSION with Rockland County filmmakers Susanna Styron (Out of My Head) and Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog).

“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.” Critic’s Pick. — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“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

“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

“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)