This Friday, our career-spanning Agnès Varda retrospective kicks off here at Film at Lincoln Center and continues through January 6 with Rosalie Varda in person. To celebrate the series, we’re sharing a conversation with the French New Wave pioneer from our archives. In 2015, she joined us for our annual Art of the Real festival and participated in a special Q&A with programmer Rachael Rakes.
They discussed her enormously influential feature debut La Pointe Courte, directed when she was just 25 years old, and which many critics and scholars now consider as the first proper entry in what would become the Nouvelle Vague. Besides sharing fascinating anecdotes from the making of the film, Varda also told stories of her interactions with other icons of French cinema like Alain Resnais, Francois Truffaut, and André Bazin.