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Agnes Varda, who is serving as guest artistic director of AFI Fest 2013, has selected four films to screen during the festival, which runs from Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood.
They are Robert Bresson‘s Pickpocket, John Cassavetes‘ A Woman Under the Influence, Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s The Marriage of Maria Braun and Martin Scorsese‘s After Hours. In addition, the festival will screen a selection of Varda’s films, including restored versions of Cleo From 5 to 7 and Documenteur.
The festival also is paying tribute to Varda by including photos from Cleo, her influential 1962 film starring Corrinne Marchand, in its marketing and promotional materials.
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“It’s always good to be chosen, but it’s funny to be chosen to choose, therefore I immediately accepted the invitation from AFI Fest to propose some films for their program,” Varda said. “They suggested that I pick some films that have influenced me. Alas, I can’t. When I wrote and shot my first film in 1954, La Point Courte, I had hardly seen 10 films. My culture was books, painting and theatre. Alain Resnais, who edited my film, was the one who told me about cinema and suggested that I go to the Cinematheque, which I had not approached before. If I had seen the masterpieces that I discovered later I certainly would not have dared to create a film at 26. My ignorance gave me freedom and audacity. For AFI Fest I chose four films that have been important in my life.”
AFI Fest also will screen a restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg), directed by Varda’s late husband, Jacques Demy.
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