Femme Film Fridays: Jane B. for Agnès V.
Texas Spirit Theater | PG-13 | 97 min. | Biography, Fantasy
June 8, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Jane B. for Agnès V.
Abandoning the traditional bio-pic format and favoring instead a mix of fantasy sequences, acclaimed director Agnes Varda, paints a portrait of a woman, Jane Birkin in Jane B. for Agnès V. Birkin is the famed singer (“Je t’aime … Moi non plus”), actress (Blow Up), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. The theme of identity flows throughout as we see the impact aging has on a persona that was once encased in the favor of youth.
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"Jane B. par Agnès V. was a game that explored how we could be represented, and a touching way of presenting Jane Birkin with truth and imagination.” - Agnès Varda
For its first-ever U.S. theatrical release the film has been newly-restored (new 2K restoration) from the original 35mm camera negative, overseen by director Varda herself.
Agnès Varda is a prolific filmmaker and visual artist born in Brussels in 1928. With her four brothers and sisters, she spent her childhood in Belgium. In 1940, WWII pushed the family to Sète in the South of France, where she would return to produce and direct her first feature film. Varda studied art history in Paris at the École du Louvre and photography at the École des Beaux-Arts. She became the official photographer of Jean Vilar and the Théâtre National Populaire. While in Paris, she met her future husband Jacques Demy, a French filmmaker who passed away in 1990.
After founding Ciné-Tamaris, she produced and directed her first feature, La Pointe Courte (1954), which anticipated the stylistic tendencies of the French New Wave, earning her the title “Grandmother of the New Wave.” It starred Philippe Noiret and Silvia Monfort, both of whom would become critically-acclaimed French actors. 1954 was also the year of her first dedicated photography exhibition. Her best known works are: Cleo From 5 to 7, Le Bonheur, Sans Toit ni Loi, Jacquot de Nantes and The Gleaners and I, and Vagabond.
In 2002, Varda was the recipient of the prestigious French Academy prize, Prix René Clair, for her cinematographic work and, in 2009, she was given the highest French decoration: the National Order of the Legion of Honor. In 2008, Varda released her poetic autobiography, The Beaches of Agnes, to much acclaim. The film went on to win the César for Best Documentary in 2009. In December of 2011, her documentary series Agnes From Here to There aired as a five part series on ARTE France. Here, Varda liberally chronicled her travels and encounters with artists, both celebrated and undiscovered, engaging in conversations surrounding contemporary art.
In 2013, she was president of the jury Caméra d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Also in 2013, her work was exhibited in “Agnès Varda in Californialand” at The Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art with the installation My Shack of Cinema, made with 35mm film strips of the film Lions Love (...and Lies), accompanying a cinema retrospective. Sections excerpted from The European Graduate School.
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