The Many Faces of Agnès Varda
Join us for a special afternoon of richly illustrated talks and discussions about this innovative filmmaker.
This event will finish at 16:00 (rather than 15:00 as previously advertised). This is to enable adequate time for discussion, and to build in breaks.
This afternoon of richly illustrated talks and discussions will provide an introduction to the work of Agnès Varda, tracing her journey from her (pre-French New Wave) debut to her most recent collaboration, Faces Places. Our invited speakers, including Kiva Reardon (Founding Editor of cléo), will look at Varda’s background in photography, discuss her unique approach to filmmaking, and delve deeper into some of the themes emerging from her work.
We will kick off the day by looking at Varda’s three distinctive periods in her career, with presentations from Professor Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College London), writer Delphine Benezet (author, The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism) and Professor Sue Harris (Queen Mary University of London).
Over six decades Varda has explored many themes and topics in her work, and the second part of the day will focus on a few of them. Film writer Pamela Hutchinson, writer and programmer Kiva Reardon (cléo journal, TIFF), and academic Isabelle McNeill (University of Cambridge) will investigate such themes in Varda’s work as feminism, memory and places, respectively.
The day will conclude with a roundtable discussion about Varda’s innovative visual style. Academics Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College London) and Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary University of London) as well as film writer Isabel Stevens (Sight & Sound) will join the panel, chaired by Kiva Reardon.
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