POV "The Beaches of Agnes"

POV "The Beaches of Agnes"

Wed, 10/12/2011 - 7:00pm

Pictured: Chris Marker as Guillaume-en-Egypte (the cat) and Agnes Varda

Credit: Courtesy of The Cinema Guild

Award-winning French filmmaker Agnès Varda employs the magic of cinema to juxtapose the real and the imagined.

POV "The Beaches of Agnes" airs Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

In this delightful memoir, award-winning French filmmaker Agnès Varda (Vagabond , Cléo From 5 to 7 ) employs all the magic of cinema to juxtapose the real and the imagined, the past and the present, pain and joy. For the 81-year-old artist, memories live through her films. In “The Beaches of Agnès,” she uses film clips, old photos and gorgeous re-enactments to revisit her Belgian youth, her association with the French New Wave, marriage to director Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ) and the making of her movies. The viewer doesn’t need to know anything about Varda to enjoy this enchanting glimpse into the treasure chest of her memories.

The award-winning POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America’s best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers.