Well, last weekend didn’t quite signal the coming onslaught of autumn/winter as we imagined… but I’ve been assured by the weather app on my phone that this weekend will be the one. So, what better time than now to get lost in the world of one of the most consistently creative filmmakers in cinema history, still going strong in this, her 90 th year? Bring on Gleaning Truths: The Films of Agnès Varda.
Agnès Varda’s debut – La Pointe Courte - was a forerunner of the French New Wave, the movement embraced by French directors and film critics, like François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol. The lasting impact of La Pointe Courte, particularly Varda’s liberated, expressive style of filmmaking, can be seen today in the work of current independent filmmakers, like Sean Baker picking up an iPhone and exploding onto the festival circuit with Tangerine.
Varda’s body of work continues to be bold and bright. She often steps in front of the camera, reflecting on herself as much as she does the world around her. Her films are uniquely personal and her soul shines brightly through each. A self-dubbed ‘joyful feminist’, Varda’s work mixes her politics with all of the fun and laughter of life. In the year of her Honorary Oscar, we are celebrating and shining light on one of cinema history’s most influential female filmmakers: a trailblazer of French cinema and a truly delightful character.
‘Gleaning Truths’ starts Sunday 9 th September at 15:30 with the Varda classic, Cleo from 5 to 7, and will be introduced by the wonderful Tara Judah, Cinema Producer at the Watershed in Bristol. There’s a different film every week, including Vagabond and Le Bonheur, as well as Varda’s latest documentary, Faces Places, and is a great opportunity to get to know more about this fascinating filmmaker.
Also ones-to-watch over the next week: from the exceptionally talented Desiree Akhavan comes the much-anticipated The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Set in the early 90s over a summer in America, high schooler Cameron Post is unwillingly sent to a Christian conversion camp for young people “suffering” from ‘same-sex attraction’. There’s also Chloé Zhao’s The Rider - one of the most beautiful films you’ll see this year - about a cowboy struggling to adapt to life after a brain injury.
We have a special preview screening on Tuesday 11 th September, where we will be joined by lead actor, Brady Jandreau, whose own experiences inspired the film. Expect to hear more from us about this incredible film and many others over the next few months that champion the powerful and diverse work being made by women behind and in front of the camera.