November 29, 2019
Rosalie Varda, producer of Varda By Agnés, shares secrets from her mother’s storied career.
“I did things that weren’t done,” says the late Agnés Varda, speaking to an audience of film students in Agnés By Varda. This is Varda in a nutshell: no-nonsense, inimitable, and chock-full of filmmaking advice. The French New Wave auteur, who died at the age of 90 this year, spent the last five years of her life imparting wisdom on a new generation of filmmakers in masterclasses around the world.
Agnés By Varda, her final film, was inspired by these classes—or, as Varda preferred to call them, “filmmaking chats.” Varda’s daughter and long-time producer, Rosalie, thought that the world deserved to benefit from her mother’s insights on creativity and cinema. Varda By Agnés is the director’s final bow, and it’s one of the most enjoyable films of her prolific career.
“Agnés had been through all the technology since 1949. After she bought her first digital camera, everything changed.”