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Varda in California

June 1, 2017

From Wednesday, May 31 to Tuesday, June 13, BAMcinématek presentsVarda in California, a six-film series commemorating Agnes Varda’s brief relocations in the late-1960s,and 80s to California. Long noted as a distinctive female voice in the French New Wave, as well asrenowned photographer and artist, Varda has often derived inspiration from her surroundings. Soaking inthe people, landscapes, and politics of Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area, Varda created films thatreflect life in America as only an outsider (she) could see it. Eschewing the ever-present specter of
Hollywood, Varda instead became fascinated by the political and social movements roiling the state’s
sunny demeanor.
Varda in California Schedule
Wed, May 31
4:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco7pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers9:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)
Thu, Jun 1
4:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)7pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco9:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers
Fri, Jun 2
2pm: Model Shop4:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco7pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers9:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)
Sat, Jun 3
2pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco4:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers7pm: Model Shop9:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)
Sun, Jun 4
2pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers4:30pm: Model Shop
7pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)9:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco
Mon, Jun 5 
4:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers7pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)9:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco
Tue, Jun 6
4:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers
Wed, Jun 7
4:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco7pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers9:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)
Thu, Jun 8
4:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers7pm: Model Shop9:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco
Fri, Jun 9
4:30pm: Model Shop7pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)9:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers 
Sat, Jun 10
7pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers 9:30pm: Model Shop
Sun, Jun 11
2pm: Model Shop4:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers7pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco9:30pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)
Mon, Jun 12
8pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers
Tue, Jun 13
4:30pm: Documenteur + Uncle Yanco7pm: Lions Love (…and Lies)9:30pm: Mur Murs + Black Panthers
Film Descriptions
*All films play multiple times throughout the series.*All films directed by Agnès Varda unless otherwise noted.
BLACK PANTHERS (1968) An unapologetically radical dispatch from the front lines of the Black Powermovement: Varda profiles members of the Black Panther Party as they fight for the freedom of imprisoned
activist Huey P. Newton. DCP. 30min.
DOCUMENTEUR (1981) With Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Tom Taplin. This moving work ofautobiographical fiction follows a young French woman in Los Angeles as she copes with a recentbreakup and wanders the city in search of a home for her and her son. Aptly subtitled “An EmotionPicture,” the mysterious, serenely melancholic Documenteur captures Varda’s ambivalent feelings about
America. DCP65min
.LIONS LOVE (. . . AND LIES) (1969) With Viva, James Rado, Gerome Ragni. This irresistibly kooky timecapsule takes a bevy of 60s counterculture luminariesWarhol superstar Viva, the creators of Hair, andfilmmaker Shirley Clarkeand throws them together in a luxe Hollywood home. Madness ensues, as they
make prank calls, “try out” parenting with a bunch of borrowed children, and revel in the joys of free love.It’s a wildly funny perspective on the hippy-dippy oddity of LA as seen by Varda. DCP. 90min.
MODEL SHOP (1969) Dir. Jacques Demy. With Anouk Aimée, Gary Lockwood, Alexandra Hay. JacquesDemy, along with his wife Varda, ventured to Hollywood for the one and only time in his career to makethis tender, quintessentially LA movie about the brief but momentous encounter between a failed architect(Lockwood) and a French erotica model (Aimée). It’s a gorgeous, pastel love letter to the “real” LA—itssprawling freeways, parking lots, and seedy marginsfar removed from the Dream Factory fantasy. DCP.97min.
MUR MURS (1980) Varda takes her camera through the streets of late-70s Los Angeles to document thevibrant murals that cover the walls of the city and the artists who made them. Mur Murs is both anessential record of LA’s street art and a lively celebration of the city’s diversity. DCP80min.
UNCLE YANCO (1967) Varda’s first American filmin which she journeys to meet a long lost bohemianrelative living in Sausalitois a freewheeling family affair that grooves on the good vibes of sun-kissed60s California. DCP18min


June 1, 2017
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