Agnès Varda in California

Directed by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda in California
Directed by Agnès Varda I 1967-81

The legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda, whose remarkable career began in the 1950s and has continued into the twenty-first century, produced some of her most provocative works in the United States. After temporarily relocating to California in the late sixties with her husband, Jacques Demy, Varda, inspired by the politics, youth culture, and sunshine of the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, created three works that use documentary and fiction in various ways. She returned a decade later, and made two other fascinating portraits of outsiderness.

Uncle Yanco
Agnès Varda I 1967

In her effervescent first California film, Agnès Varda delves into her own family history.

Black Panthers
Agnès Varda I 1968

Agnès Varda turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton

Lions Love (. . . and Lies)
Agnès Varda I 1969

Agnès Varda goes to Los Angeles, taking New York counterculture with her. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman and two men delight in one another’s bodies while musing on love, stardom, and politics.

Mur murs
Agnès Varda I 1980

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city.

Agnès Varda I 1981

Documenteur is a small-scale fiction about a divorced mother and her child (played by Agnès Varda’s own son) leading a quiet existence on L.A.’s margins.

Available on digital August 11, 2015

US Distributor: Criterion

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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