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SFIFF - Agnès Varda: From Here to There at the PFA

To be on the safe side, I recommend buying your tickets online here . Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the theater.

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

Dir. Agnès Varda, France, 2011, 225 min.

Armed with her inimitable insight and ability to find beauty where one least expects it, director Agnès Varda travels to various far-flung locales in this five-part miniseries originally made for French television. Invited to various cinematheques and museums to present her work, she uses the opportunities to look up old friends, interview filmmakers who interest her, or discover new artists working in their chosen mediums. In Berlin, she searches for bears and Beuys sculptures; in Portugal, she photographs the country’s famous azulejo ceramics and gets the 102-year-old director Manoel de Oliveira to do a wonderful Chaplin imitation; and in Venice, she makes an overview of artists represented in the Biennale. But these examples only scratch the surface of the wide-ranging travels and investigations she undertakes over the course of the program. Throughout, Varda’s extraordinary empathy, curiosity, and playfulness make numerous puckish and interesting connections between her vast points of interest. After all, this is someone who is good friends with Red Shoe Diaries creator Zalman King and the intellectually rigorous filmmaker Chris Marker, both of whom are visited here. “When you look closely, things become very beautiful,” Varda exclaims in voiceover at one point, and viewers of Agnès Varda: From Here to There will be exceedingly grateful to have her as their tour guide. —Rod Armstrong

If there is interest in post-film coffee and discussion note it in the RSVP or the comment section.

If you want to get in line together when the theater opens at 1:10, meet at the patio outside the PFA at 1:00. I will be wearing a red shawl and will email my cell # the day before the meetup. The film begins at 1:30

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  • Julie

    I stayed for the whole thing and enjoyed it, but definitely found myself less engaged as time went on.

    May 5, 2014

  • judith

    The individual episodes have charm and interest, but it didn't work to see many in a row. Like overdoing it at a museum. One (of only 3 meetup folks) left after 2, and I left after 3.

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Judith and Julie, it was great to meet you. Julie, thanks so much for working to put this together. In the end, the video was not to my taste, but the planning of this event was flawless.

    May 4, 2014

  • Julie

    There are lots of cafes nearby which would be perfect for a post-film gathering. I'll plan on joining you and whoever else is interested.

    April 28, 2014

  • judith

    will there be a post-film gathering somewhere nearby to discuss?

    April 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A happy coincidence - I was planning to attend anyway & already have tickets. Looking forward to meeting other attendees!

    April 28, 2014

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