“The gentle alienation of Documenteur seems almost utopian”
From 1967-69 Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy lived in Los Angles. During this time Varda made her groundbreaking feature, Lions Love (...and Lies), and the shorts, Black Panthers and Uncle Yanco. During a brief separation from her husband in the 1980’s, Varda returned to LA and made Mur Murs and Documenteur, two intersecting films that examine the city from an outsider's perspective and the life of an outsider in the city respectively.
Documenteur tells the story of a young single mother Émilie (played by Agnès Varda's editor, Sabine Mamou) and her son Martin (played by Varda’s own, Mathieu Demy). Émilie works as a secretary for a film star but struggles to make ends meet as a newly single woman in a foreign city. Life in their rented apartment brings challenges alongside moments of joy.
A deeply autobiographic tale, Varda infuses Documenteur with the authenticity of a woman who has known heartbreak but has not fallen prey to its self-pity. Émilie is down but far from broken and watching her interpret the city offers a refreshing but rare screen heroine.
Please note: this screening will take place at The Capitol while ACMI at Fed Square is closed for redevelopment.