It’s very rare that a filmmaker is able to leave fans with a real gift after their death. However, in the case of legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda, even though her death was sudden and unexpected, the director’s final work, the documentary “Varda by Agnès” serves as a touching end and tribute to one of the best creators the industry has ever witnessed.
And in honor of “Varda by Agnès” arriving in theaters later this week, we’re thrilled to offer our readers an exclusive clip from the film. “Varda by Agnès” isn’t your typical biographical documentary, particularly because it’s also a film from a director that never did things by the book. The doc is, at once, playful and profound, as well as utterly emotional and deeply personal. “Varda by Agnès” allows for Varda herself to tell the story of her career and reflect on issues that have been near and dear to her heart, such as feminism and, of course, filmmaking.
We were lucky enough to catch the film when it screened at this year’s New York Film Festival. In our review, we called ‘Varda’ “a touching and memorable reflection on the life and art from a true legend of cinema, one whose ideas are as relevant as ever.”
“Varda by Agnès” arrives in theaters on November 22.
Here’s the synopsis:
This final film from Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Suffused with the people, places, and things she loved-Jacques Demy, cats, colors, beaches, heart-shaped potatoes-this wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents.