Agnès Varda Shorts
DIRECTOR: AGNèS VARDA
Du Côté de la Côte (1958 / 25 min / 35mm)
L’opera Mouffe (1962 / 16 min / 35mm)
Uncle Yanco (1967 / 19 min / 35mm)
Les Dites cariatides (1984 / 13 min / 35mm)
In addition to straddling both documentary and fiction, Varda has long been a master of both long and short form, the latter fact testified to in this program. The early Du Côté de la Côte offers a slyly subversive Côte d’Azur travelogue; Les Dites cariatides explores the caryatid statuary of Paris to the accompaniment of Baudelaire and Offenbach; Uncle Yanco finds Varda in California, tracking down a relative she’s never met in Sausalito; and L’opera Mouffe gives impressions of a working-class Paris neighborhood from the perspective of a pregnant woman.
Since 2009, the Academy has conducted a red carpet event for its Governors Awards, presented to individuals in recognition of prestigious lifetime achievements in cinema. This year, four Academy Honorary Awards were presented to recognize four extraordinary bodies of work, those of directors Charles Burnett and Agnès Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman, and actor Donald Sutherland.