Join us as we pay tribute to the soul of French New Wave, the immortal Agnès Varda, with a screening of her breakthrough film, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962).
"In France, the afternoon hours from five to seven are known as the hours when lovers meet. On this afternoon, nothing could be further from Cléo's mind than sex. She is counting out the minutes until she learns the results from tests she believes will tell her she is dying from cancer....The role is more difficult than it might appear, and Corinne Marchand better in it than she may have been credited for....It is tricky enough to play a sprite who skips lightly through life, but how in doing that do you communicate your awareness of mortality?
....Unlike most of the New Wave directors, Varda was trained not as a filmmaker or as a critic, but as a serious photographer. Try freezing any frame of the scenes in her apartment and you will find perfect composition--perfect, but not calling attention to itself. In moving pictures, she has an ability to capture the essence of her characters not only through plot and dialogue, but even more in their placement in space and light." — Roger Ebert