Film Society of Lincoln Center to Premiere AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE, 5/31
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the New York premiere of Agnès Varda: From Here to There, the highly anticipated follow-up to Agnès Varda's The Beaches of Agnès, on Saturday May 31 at 6PM in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The five-part documentary series will then be made available beginning June 1 on SundanceNOW Doc Club, a subscription streaming service. This exclusive free event further cements the Film Society of Lincoln Center's dedication to offering free programs to the film community in a variety of forms, including talks and screenings. For more information on other events throughout the summer, visit http://www.filmlinc.com/free.
"Agnès Varda has long been one of the great trailblazers of French cinema," said Dennis Lim, the Film Society's Director of Programming. "Her five-part series From Here to There is wide-ranging in every sense. It's one of her most ambitious works, as well as one of her most entertaining, filled with casual insights and moments of offhand beauty, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to present it here on a big screen."
Varda's series, which originally aired on French television, chronicles the indefatigable filmmaker's travels around the world, as she meets friends, artists, and filmmakers, providing an expansive view of the global contemporary art scene. Whether in Los Angeles or St. Petersburg, Lisbon or Mexico, Varda finds herself in good company, whether attending a moving celebration of Jacques Demy, conversing with Aleksandr Sokurov, visiting Chris Marker at his home, or dancing with Manoel de Oliveira. Varda films everywhere, never letting her camera leave her side, and then assembles these images and impressions in her own original way. Steeped in the nature of both television's playfulness and cinema's fantasy, each encounter is infused with the director's characteristic insight, inquisitiveness, and wonder. Comprised of five episodes, each approximately 45 minutes, Agnès Varda: From Here to There is a joyous celebration of life, art, and humankind.
Free tickets for the Amphitheater screening will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the screening. Limit one complimentary ticket per person, subject to availability.
Five episodes/approx. 45 minutes each
A visit to Chris Marker's apartment, a conversation about art and media-and a journey into Second Life. A train to Nantes for a celebration of Jacques Demy and his landmark film Lola starring Anouk Aimée on the 20th anniversary of his death. Then, a meeting with the head of the city's Art Museum. Later, a trip to Portugal, where Manoel de Oliveira turns the camera on Varda and invites her for a dance.
A visit with artist Miquel Barceló, who shows Varda the unique tools he's developed for his paintings. A trip to Brussels for the inauguration of the Magritte Museum. A talk with friend and designer Hans-Ulrich Obrist, creator of Varda's famous potato costume, which she wore for the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Trips to Cologne, St. Petersburg, where Varda talks with the famously guarded Aleksandr Sokurov, and then Art Basel. Lunch with sculptor Christian Boltanski and artist Annette Messager. A chat with Beaches of Agnès cinematographer Hélène Louvart, who's also collaborated with Wim Wenders, Claire Denis, and Christophe Honoré.
On Sète, in the Mediterranean, Varda talks with an old friend artist Pierre Soulages on his terrace overlooking the sea. A visit to two brothers she met years ago while working on her famous "Cabin on the Beach" installation. Then, the Lyon Biennale, and conversations with participating artists.
Varda visits the Maillol Museum in Paris on the occasion of a Vanitas exhibit. Then Mexico for a conversation with filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux), who shares his interests and ideas about film. Finally, Los Angeles and a memorial to Jim Morrison.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year's most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, LatinBeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society's state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.
The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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