Starting this Sunday, March 8, the Harvard Film Archive will devote a week of programming to the groundbreaking work of Agnès Varda with the series Ciné-Varda. The “grandmother of the New Wave” will appear in person at a handful of the screenings, which include twelve Varda classics, ranging from the early triumphs La Pointe Courte and Cléo from 5 to 7 to later favorites such as Vagabond and The Gleaners and I (plus a rare showing of the late-sixties, Hollywood-set Lions Love). Additionally, there will be a special screening of Varda’s delightful new film, the autobiographical documentary The Beaches of Agnès. (For those in New York City, Varda’s latest will be screening this Saturday, March 7, and Monday, March 9, as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series.)
And a reading tip: to mark the Ciné-Varda festival, Boston Globe critic Wesley Morris has written a terrific tribute to the French filmmaker, in which he looks back at a career of filming and, of course, gleaning.