ACMI presents Joyous Curiosity: The Cinema of Agnès Varda

By May 22, 2014 Events

The remarkable and endlessly intriguing cinema of French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda is set to take over the screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) from Thursday 19 June to Sunday 13 July, 2014.

For over half a century Agnès Varda’s presence in the art cinema landscape has remained vital; producing films that abound with curiosity and verve. Often referred to as the ‘Godmother of the New Wave’, her debut 1954 feature La Pointe Courte preceded the likes of Godard and Truffaut, and she is the sole female presence in a movement that redefined cinema.

Her roots as a photographer, coupled with her deep love of literature, philosophy and fine art would suggest that her cinema is lofty and cerebral. And while there are countless examples of deep thought and social politics within her oeuvre, this is by no means an impenetrable universe. Her artistic endeavours, which span documentary, fiction and gallery installations, pay witness to times of great social revolution, all the while brimming with humanity, wonder and artistic experimentation.

The season will encompass half a century of the director’s work, showcasing newly restored and rarely seen documentaries, fiction, shorts and television.

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Cost: Full $16, Concession $12.50, ACMI Members $11; Six Session Pass $78 Full / $66 Concession / $60 ACMI Member; Three Session Pass $42 Full / $36 Concession / $30 ACMI Member.