Jane B. Par Agnès V.

Directed by Agnès Varda
1987
France
97 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Varda’s portrait of Jane Birkin offers a playful and kaleidoscopic view of the pop icon, presented in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

When Varda met Birkin their lives were in a similar orbit, as artists and mothers of teenage children. Birkin expressed trepidation about her upcoming 40th birthday and Varda responded by proposing to film her portrait as a gift to commemorate the milestone year. Uninterested in crafting the usual bio-pic full of famous faces and historical pictures, Varda opted to view Birkin through her various roles, from Jeanne d'Arc to Calamity Jane. By exploring Birkin's life through a sideways glance at her filmography, Varda also illuminates her own life. The resulting film is unlike any other biography – unpredictable, insightful and deeply personal; a charming exploration of femininity and identity from one of cinema's most curious and playful directors.

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Also screening at the festival is Varda’s last work Varda by Agnès

A wildly imaginative aesthetic sense that could only belong to Varda.
Dazed
An exemplary feminist work, one in which two female artists, self-aware but hardly self-conscious, create beauty by exchanging notes.
Glenn Kenny, New York Times

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Sun 16 June
12:30pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Viva Varda
Year
1987
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Agnès Varda
Cast
Jane Birkin, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Philippe Léotard
Screenwriter
Agnès Varda
Cinematographer
Nurith Aviv, Pierre-Laurent Chenieux
Editor
Marie-Jo Audiard, Agnès Varda
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Biography, Cinephile, Retrospective
Company Credits
World Sales: MK2 Films
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