The Beaches of Agnès (image 1)

Playful and lucid, the film gives the heartening impression of endless hunger for people, experiences and images, of the cameras privileged ability to capture lived life

Fernando F. Croce, Slant

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

The Beaches of Agnès 2008

Les Plages d'Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda

Humorous and illuminating autobiography from Agnès Varda, the lone female among French New Wave directors. “Inspiring… this film should be given to all young hopeful filmmakers.” — Sight & Sound

France In English and French with English subtitles
110 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Producer, Screenplay

Photography

Alain Sakot
,
Hélène Louvart
,
Julia Fabry
,
Jean-Baptiste Morin
,
Agnès Varda

Editors

Agnès Varda
,
Jean-Baptiste Morin
,
Baptiste Filloux

Music

Joanna Bruzdowicz
,
Stéphane Vilar
,
Paule Cornet

With

Agnès Varda
,
Mathieu Demy
,
Rosalie Varda

Festivals

Venice, Toronto, London, Amsterdam Documentary 2008

Elsewhere

Agnès Varda was the lone female amongst the New Wave directors who shook up French cinema and helped set the agenda for the cultural revolution of the 60s. At almost 80 she has created a playfully idiosyncratic memoir of her sentimental education and life as an artist. Responding eagerly to the possibilities offered by digital technology, she sets up tableaux that recall her earlier work and places herself within her old photographs and extracts from her films (Vagabond, The Gleaners and I and many more). She revisits old haunts to reminisce fondly with collaborators she's not seen for decades. She discusses the years spent with her husband/soulmate, the late Jacques Demy, her feminism, her romantic adventures and the rewards of independence. It's an illuminating account of a wonderfully full life and the best possible proof of her perpetual, instinctive reinvention of herself as an artist. — BG

“She is such an inspiring and creative presence - this film should be given to all young hopeful film-makers.” — Lizzie Francke, Sight & Sound