In November, 2018 and in March 2019 two great filmmakers passed away from our midst. One is Bernardo Bertolucci and the other is Agnes Varda.
Bertolucci passed away at 77 and has been acclaimed for two of his most important films – Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor. The former was embroiled in controversy for its explicit content and also a nomination of Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards, while the latter film won 9 oscars. One of the last films that he made and which made ripples equally was “The Dreamers” which dealt with the coming of age and exploring the sexuality of three teenagers, two of whom are siblings. The film starred the now famous Hollywood actress Eva Green along with Micheal Pitt and Louis Garrel. The Dreamers will be showcased in the 50th IFFI as a mark of tribute and respect to the great Italian filmmaker.
Agnes Varda was widely known as the “grandmother of French New Wave” an epithet which stuck to her till her last day and last film which will be screened at IFFI, 2019 as a tribute to her. The film “Varda” by Agnes is her last triumph as the “Queen of French Cinema” and a pioneering beacon which shaped the filmic careers of other Nouvelle Vague stalwarts like Godard, Renais, Truffaut etc. It is a documentary about Agnes herself by Varda chronicling her journey and what she calls “cine-writing”. It is the ultimate meta swan song of a lady who for the most part in the glory of Nouvelle Vague was underrated but was a force to be reckoned with amongst cineastes and filmmakers alike.
Be a part of the legacy and IFFI 2019’s French connect by witnessing these films by the 2 outstanding filmmakers.
- The Dreamers