Lions Love (...and Lies)

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, USA
113 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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In this quintessential ’60s, uber-cool and trippy 'film within a film', Hair creators Gerome Ragni and James Rado and Warhol superstar Viva are actors waiting for their big break.

In the Hollywood Hills, Varda's 'Lions' (Ragni, Rado and Viva) spend their days lounging by the pool, lazing in their giant bed and contemplating how to achieve spiritual enlightenment. When a frenetic New Yorker arrives, played by director Shirley Clarke (Portrait of Jason), their carefree existence starts to warp. Employing non-traditional actors and various film styles and approaches to performance, Agnès Varda dubbed Lions Love (...and Lies) a "film collage". Set against a backdrop of the Warhol assassination attempt and the Bobby Kennedy shooting, Varda's far-out tale gives way to a deeper statement on Hollywood and the American Dream.

See all 10 titles in this year's Varda retrospective with a Viva Varda package.
Join Viva Varda Curator, Kristy Matheson for An Audience Guide to Varda
Also screening at the festival is Varda’s last work Varda by Agnès

More than a time capsule of events and moods – it's a living aesthetic model for revolutionary times.
The New Yorker
'Lions Love' is that rarest of retroactive landmarks, a film which both reflects its cultural moment and anticipates its cinematic offspring.
Jordan Cronk, Slant Magazine


Fri 14 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
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Viva Varda, French Films
Unclassified 18+
France, USA
In English
Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda, Max L. Raab
Viva, James Rado, Gerome Ragni
Agnès Varda
Steve Larner
Robert Dalva
Women Directors, Retrospective
Company Credits
World Sales: MK2 Films
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