The Gleaners and I
At the turn of the century, Varda moved into digital filmmaking. The lightweight equipment offered new freedoms and, inspired by Jean-François Millet's painting The Gleaners, she traversed France in search of modern-day gleaners. Gleaning is a long-standing form of 'rural welfare', whereby commoners were allowed to collect left-over crops after the harvest. Today, gleaners can be found dumpster diving and salvaging televisions, fridges and furniture. From jolly groups of oyster hunters to those living on the edge of society, Varda offers an engaging audience with those who are often invisible. Selected for the Official Competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Varda’s multi-award-winning film endures for its warmth, humour and playful curiosity.