“An exemplary feminist work, one in which two female artists, self-aware but hardly self-conscious, create beauty by exchanging notes”
When Varda and Birkin met their lives were in a similar orbit, as artists and mothers of teenage children. Jane expressed some trepidation about her upcoming 40th birthday Agnès responded by proposing to film her portrait as gift for the milestone year.
Uninterested in crafting the usual bio-pic full of famous faces and historical pictures, Varda lensed Jane through various roles from Jane d'Arc to Calamity Jane. By exploring her life through a sideways glance, Varda also illuminated herself. But perhaps most pertinently, Jane B. Par Agnès V. investigates the universal questions raised whenever we discuss the notion of femininity.
From wrapping Birkin's house in a giant bow to dressing her as a silent film comedian who gets into a pie fight, the resulting film is unlike any other biography - unpredictable, insightful and deeply personal. Featuring Janes’ daughters Charlotte and Lou, this film made of various fictions and seasons is best described as a charming film/game from one of cinemas most curious and playful directors.
Please note: this screening will take place at The Capitol while ACMI at Fed Square is closed for redevelopment.