Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 30m
+ Intro: 5 minutes
+ Post film Discussion: 30 minutes
A Cinematic Odyssey – Postcards from Europe
Follow this strand for a monthly selection of carefully curated French and Italian films.
With intro and post-film discussion from Dr Paul Sutton
As the critically acclaimed auteur Agnès Varda turns 90, we celebrate her remarkable career with a pair of spectacular screenings. In September we bring Varda’s pioneering Cléo from 5 to 7 from 1962.
Associated with the so-called ‘Young Turks’ of the French New Wave – Truffaut, Godard and Chabrol – Varda was in fact a pioneer of this important moment in French cinema history. Her first feature, La Pointe Courte (1954), written, produced and shot by Varda, introduced the freewheeling visual style and the playful narrative structure that was to become a signature of the movement.
Cleo From 5 to 7 is rightly seen as a key film of the French New Wave but it is at the same time a quintessentially Varda film, both highly personal but also politically powerful, a feminist city film that captures the spirit of 1960s France.
Charting two hours in the life of its heroine, Cleo (Corrine Marchand), as she awaits medical test results, the film allows for a reflection on life, death and a whole host of things in between.
Next month we will screen Varda’s latest feature, the wonderfully warm and affecting Faces Places, on Monday 22nd October – On sale dates TBA). This Cannes winning and Oscar-nominated documentary sees Varda forge an unlikely partnership with enigmatic photographer JR, as they embark on a road trip unlike any other.
Both of Varda’s films will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the Downstairs seating area.