Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Cinévardaphoto 2004

Directed by Agnès Varda

Three very different short films about still photography by the French New Wave’s 76-year-old doyenne. “Agnes Varda's photography is pure joy… For photo buffs and Varda fans, it's a can't-miss.” —

France In English, French and German with English subtitles
96 minutes Colour and B&W



Markus Seitz
John Holosko
Claire Duguet
Rick Kearney
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Agnès Varda


Ydessa Hendeles
Dorothy Hendeles
Tomi Ungerer


Locarno, Toronto, London 2004; Rotterdam, San Francisco 2005


These three short films by the French New Wave’s 76-year-old doyenne Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I) have been programmed together by the filmmaker herself. Each explores the subject of still photography and all resonate together in fascinating ways. The recent Ydessa, the Bears and Etc… explores a provocatively massive exhibition created by Ydessa Hendeles, a wealthy Toronto gallery owner/curator, consisting of thousands of photos taken during the first half of the 20th-century: group portraits, many of them families, and every single one of them containing at least one teddy bear. Ulysse, made in 1982, revisits the participants in an enigmatic tableau Varda composed and shot in 1954 on a rock-strewn beach with a naked man, a young boy and a dead goat. In Salut les Cubains, completed in 1963, Varda animated the 1,800 black-and-white photos she took in Cuba into a giddy celebration of the heyday of Castro’s revolution.

“Three strange, mesmerizing short films… For photo buffs and Varda fans, it’s a can’t-miss.” — Andrew O’Hehir,