Director: Agnès Varda
Cast includes: Various
Dear Future Film Festival - includes Q&A with Rebecca E Marshall and Clare Whistler
82 Mins / 2000 / France / Subtitles

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The Electric Palace's Dear Future Film Festival curators, Clare Whistler and Rebecca E Marshall, have chosen this film to open the festival because of the wonderfully warm and witty way that Agnès Varda gathers together objects, ideas, images and people in her film. She draws a sense of care and beauty to what is usually overlooked, and gives attention to the macro and microcosms of the everyday.

In doing so, Varda gains the ability to address such huge issues as waste and worth within some extraordinary scenes. Just come and see this touching and inspiring film, you'll be so pleased you did!

Varda weaves threads of thought upon themes of time, mortality and identity, intertwining image and voice to reveal herself firstly as a gleaner and a filmmaker, and also as a woman and wife.

To make the film, she spent a year criss-crossing the French countryside with a hand-held digital video camera and a small production crew. They searched for people who scavenge in potato fields, apple orchards and vineyards, as well as in urban markets and roadside rubbish heaps. Some are motivated by desperate need, others by disgust at the wastefulness all around them and others by an almost mystical desire to make works of art out of things - castoff dolls, old refrigerators, windscreen wipers - that have been thrown away without a second thought.

Varda is a constant, funny presence in the film, providing piquant voice-over narration and allowing herself visual and verbal digressions on the state of her aging hands (she was 71 at the time of filming), the water damage on her ceiling and her portable camera's dancing lens cap.

"In its frames, we see [Varda's] empathy, skill, curiosity, wit, poetry and passion for life: everything she has gleaned from a lifetime of love and movies." - Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. Find out more about F-Rating.

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