Agnès Varda (2015)

Novelist and Guest Director Ali Smith oversaw the selection of the 2015 programme.

This included key works and a Screen Talk from the legendary French film-maker Agnès Varda, who also presented an exhibition at the University of Brighton Gallery. British directors Carol Morley, Joanna Hogg and Clio Barnard all attended the festival to present their films and share and discuss their influences with the audience.  


LA POINTE COURTE (PG) Dir: Agnès Varda. France 1955. 86 mins.
Sun 3 May / Duke’s at Komedia 

To complement a short selection of films including her rarely seen debut La Pointe Courte, which earned her the title ‘grandmother of the French New Wave’, in this special Brighton Festival event, Agnès Varda presented an illustrated lecture exploring her screen career illustrated with extracts from her films.
Sun 3 May / Duke of York’s Picturehouse

AGNÈS VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE (Agnès de ci de là Varda) 2 PARTS
Dir. Agnès Varda. France 2011. 135 mins.
Monday 4 May / Duke’s at Komedia

 VAGABOND (Sans toit ni loi) + introduction by Carol Morley (15)
Dir: Agnes Varda. France 1985. 105 mins.
Sunday 10 May / Duke’s at Komedia

DREAMS OF A LIFE + Q&A with Carol Morley (12a) Dir: Carol Morley. UK 2011. 90 mins.
Monday 11 May / Duke’s at Komedia 

ARCHIPELAGO + Q&A with Joanna Hogg (15) Dir: Joanna Hogg. UK 2011. 115 mins.
Sunday 17 May / Duke’s at Komedia 

I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING! + introduction by Joanna Hogg (PG)
Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. UK 1945. 92 mins.
Sunday 17 May / Duke’s at Komedia 

THE ARBOR + Q&A with Clio Barnard (15) Dir: Clio Barnard. UK 2011. 94 mins.
Monday 18 May / Duke’s at Komedia


Agnès Varda’s installation Beaches, Beaches ran at the University of Brighton Gallery throughout May. Comprised of images and videos related to French beaches, the installation referenced, in Varda’s words: “memories of an old photograph, a puzzled image of a young man on the beach, colourful plastic objects such as flip flops and rubber rings and all through the lovely sound of the sea border.”