Agnès Varda does not want to be blinded by the spotlight. The filmmaker said Wednesday, during the Berlin film festival where she presented her new documentary film, Varda by Agnè s , she “slowed down” and “preparing to say goodbye.”
“I should stop talking to me, and now, I must prepare myself to say goodbye, to from said,” Agnès Varda, during a press conference. “It is just to slow to find the peace you need”, she added, when questioned as to whether it was saying farewell with this movie.
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In this documentary in two parts in the form of a lesson of cinema, which will be released on 18 march on the tv channel Arte in France, the director of Cleo from 5 to 7 , looks back on her career of over 60 years of age. She talks about her inspirations and her work, in the Twentieth century in the first pane. In the second, from 2000 onwards, it evokes a period more oriented towards the documentary film and the visual arts.
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“I have done a lot of conferences everywhere, in universities, film schools, all sorts of places, festivals, even small cine-clubs. And I said to myself that I should now make a movie that is like a conference”, she explained. This film is “a way to say goodbye, because I don’t want to talk about my films,” said the filmmaker, stating that “now she would no longer accept to make the conference” or “give interviews in head-to-head”.
Agnès Varda, a woman pioneer, has told its beginning in 1954, through the story of his first fiction feature film, The Peak short . “There were very few women directors, she recalled. But when I made this film, what interested me, this was not to say “I’m a woman filmmaker,” it was to make a film radical”.
And to continue: “today, it is very important that women become not only directors, but also heads operators, mixeuses, engineers of the sound, monteuses…”
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The director, that conducted with the actress Cate Blanchett the women’s march for equality at the last Festival de Cannes, is estimated, however, “half-satisfied” with this operation, she found “a bit too posh’. “It was the beautiful women on beautiful staircases with beautiful dresses. And it is less effective sometimes than a walk in the street or a meeting,” she lamented.