AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

    Price: $450.00

    Code: 2469
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Agnes Varda
    2012, 225 minutes (5 episodes, 45 minutes each, on 2 DVDs)
    Purchase: $450


    The much-anticipated follow up to Agnes Varda's masterful The Beaches of Agnes, From Here to There is a five part documentary series that chronicles the indefatigable filmmaker's travels around the world, meeting friends, artists and filmmakers for an expansive view of the global contemporary art scene.

    Whether in Los Angeles or St. Petersburg, Lisbon or Mexico, Varda finds herself talking with Alexander Sokurov, sharing a meal with sculptor Christian Boltanski and his partner artist Annette Messager, visiting with Chris Marker at his home, or dancing with Manoel de Oliveira. Each encounter is infused with the director's characteristic insight, inquisitiveness and wonder.

    Comprised of five episodes, each approximately 45 minutes, Agnes Varda: From Here To There is a joyous celebration of life, art and people.

    Episode Highlights

    Episode 1: A visit to Chris Marker's apartment, a conversation about art and media - and a journey into Second Life. A train to Nantes for a celebration of Jacques Demy, on the 20th anniversary of his death, and his landmark film Lola with Anouk Aimee. Then, a meeting with the head of the city's Art Museum. Later, a trip to Portugal, where Manoel de Oliveira turns the camera on Varda and invites her for a dance.

    Episode 2: A visit with artist Miguel Barcelo who shows Varda the unique tools he's developed for his paintings. A trip to Brussels for the inauguration of the Magritte Museum. A talk with friend and designer Hans Ulrich Obrist, creator of Varda's famous potato costume which she wore for the Venice Biennale in 2003.

    Episode 3: Trips to Cologne, then Saint Petersburg, where Varda talks with the famously-guarded Alexander Sokurov, and Art Basel. Lunch with sculptor Christian Boltanski and artist Annette Messager. A chat with Helene Louvart, cinematographer on Beaches of Agnes, and also for Wim Wenders, Claire Denis and Christophe Honore.

    Episode 4: On Sète, in the Mediterranean, Varda talks with an old friend, artist Pierre Soulages, on his terrace overlooking the sea. A visit to Angela and Daniel, two brothers she met years ago while working on her famous Cabin on the Beach installation. Then, the Lyon Biennale, and conversations with participating artists.

    Episode 5: Varda vists the Maillol Museum in Paris on the occasion of a Vanitas exhibit. Then Mexico, for a conversation with filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (Japon, Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux), who shares his interests and ideas on film. Finally, Los Angeles and a memorial to Jim Morrison.

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    Festivals & Awards

    *Special Presentation, Locarno International Film Festival
    *Special Presentation, Montreal Documentary Film Festival



    Reviews

    "A charmingly serendipitous film diary." - J. Hoberman, The New York Times

    "A love letter to human interaction...For Varda art and life are one in the same, and part of the joy of watching the infinitely enjoyable fragments of From Here to There ultimately is the way the two converge in surprisingly moving ways." - Blouin Artinfo

    "The ongoing conversation through all five films that make up From Here to There is Varda’s lifelong preoccupation with the concept of cinema versus photography... From Here to There highlights the unique ability of captured images to condense meaning, experience, and humanity in a way that enriches our experience of art and the everyday." - Tiny Mix Tapes

    "Marvelously fluid...From Here to There is an unabashed self-portrait in which the auteur is luminously reflected in the friendships she’s gathered over the course of her life... Watching this fond, vibrant documentary, one can easily imagine Varda continuing her search, camera in hand, into the great beyond—after all, heaven for her has always been other people." - Film Comment

    "Varda raises the form to a higher level as a video journal told by a compassionate, wise, and fun narrator." - Doc Soup, POV

    "Highly Recommended.A fascinating series not only because of the access she has to other artists but also because of her genuine curiosity about them and her clearly apparent and infectious joy in discovering new works of art. Part travelogue, part treatise on art and part Varda biography, Agnes Varda: From Here to There is an essential documentary for any art or film collection. Broken up as it is into five 45 minute parts, the film can easily be adapted for classroom use." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    "Recommended for students of art and cinema history." —Library Journal

    1/2 "Full of memorable moments, this documentary series is highly recommended." -Video Librarian

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