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Every face has a story : The death of Agnès Varda

in February she received for her life's work, a Berlinale camera and showed her autobiographical Film "Agnes par Varda". You saw it as a contagious cheerful

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Every face has a story : The death of Agnès Varda

in February she received for her life's work, a Berlinale camera and showed her autobiographical Film "Agnes par Varda". You saw it as a contagious cheerful Agnès Varda public appearances and information about their work. But companions came to the word. Because film is a collective enterprise: "Inspiration, invention, was to make you always Share".

As the 30. In may 1928 under the name of Arlette in Ixelles in the Brussels-born daughter of a Greek and a French woman already knew that she had a lot of time to life: On Friday, she succumbed to cancer at the age of 90 at home in Paris in the Rue Daguerre. But if there is a kind of artistic legacy, so it is in the movie before, in "Visages, villages". "Moments: faces of a journey", so the German title, is a kind of summary of her life. Varda to say farewell to friends and companions; only Godard can be you in front of the closed door. "You're a son of a bitch, but I love you anyway," she says in tears.

The daughter of a miner. The workforce of a salt factory. The wives of the dock workers in Le Havre. All of them are immortalized by Agnès Varda. "Every face," she said, "has a history." In perhaps the most beautiful Film, Varda embarks, together with her Co-Director, the street artist JR, on a Roadtrip, to find a half forgotten in the France profonde. The two go in JRs a mobile photo lab, the villages, talk to people on the street or on the field, your portraits, and to decorate the coarse-grained Prints of houses, walls and barns tape. The work lives of the anecdotes of the conversation partner as the dynamics between the eccentric film-makers.

Beware of sun glasses!

the 33-year-old artist outs himself as a Fan of Vardas Film "wall images", in which she shows the Graffiti of African-American and Latino young people in Los Angeles. The Kids tell their stories, the Director listens, full of condolences, as well as all of your protagonists, whether in documentary or feature films. Varda, in turn, the wall loves pictures of JR, who became famous with large-scale portraits of the inhabitants of the Paris Banlieue: they decorate there, facades and walls of a house. Ephemeral art as a homage to the heroines and heroes of everyday life.

Multiple Varda complains about JRs bad habit of never taking off your sunglasses. This has been the Tradition. In 1961, she turned with the notorious sunglass-makers Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina, the silent film Vignette "Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald". Subtitle: "Beware of glasses from the sun". Vardas Aversion is more than a fad. The look in the eyes of the people is one of the foundations of her work, she came over to the photography to the cinema.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose grave she visited with JR, was a friend and role model. "I initially thought that pictures plus words were the same the cinema," she said. "Later, I realized my mistake." Basically, this memoir has started a project ten years ago with the charming "The beaches of Agnès". At the time, Varda slipped into a role that she takes up in "moments", "the role of the little old lady, friendly, round and chatty, which is out of your life told. But actually, there are the stories of the Other, which are of interest to me.“

in 1958, three years after her directorial debut, "La Pointe Courte", learned Varda, Jacques Demy ("The umbrellas of Cherbourg"), her later husband. He leads you into the circle of Men, of the Nouvelle Vague. In contrast to Godard, Truffaut and Rivette Varda is not cinephil, she hardly goes to the cinema. Rather it draws from the life. With "Cléo – Wednesday between 5 and 7", a piece of Cinéma vérité with the participation of the recently deceased jazz pianist and composer Michel Legrand in front of and behind the camera, it is overnight known. The Film presents the singer-Cléo as you can for two hours through Paris, drifting, while waiting for the results of a cancer study.

game ball of male authority, but to believe no man

such A figure of a woman, and had not seen the French cinema still: to take a game ball of the male authorities, at the same time by any man. In Vardas luminous color film "The luck from the point of view of the man" (1965) describes Varda in a loveless marriage that ends with the suicide of the housewife. Critics accused her of a backward image of women continue, overlooked, however, with which empathy the Patriarchal structures.

According to a documentary about the Black Panther radical Vardas feminist positions, but their movies are always more than tracts. Female subjectivity celebrate it in all its facets: with Sandrine Bonnaire as a young runaway in "bird-free" (Sans toit ni loi, 1985) that follows a feeling of freedom, for which the company knows of no corresponding way of life; with Jane Birkin as a lone mother in "The time with Julien" (1987), her daughter falls in love with the 14-year-old classmate (Vargas son of Mathieu) (Birkins own daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg). Or the protest song Musical "one sings, the other not" (1977), the first movie of their production company, Ciné Tamaris, about the friendship of two women, the fight against the restrictive French abortion law.

to demand, In a way, a circle, as Agnès Varda Palace last year in Cannes, where she had received for "free as a Bird" as the first Director a Palme d'or, along with 82 women the steps to the festival Palace to go up a step to equality in the industry. In France, it was long, the ageless It Girl of the women's movement.

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"Varda par Agnès" at the Berlinale On the pavement of the beach

Christiane Peitz

is Also internationally recognized for their rank. Only in the past year, she received the Oscar for her life's work, at the same time was nominated "moments" as the best documentary. That they have not won him yet, is probably due to the policy of the Academy. The oldest Oscar winner ever of steel, with its flower-Kimono on the red carpet, all the other guests at the Show.

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