“The debut of one of the nation’s great unsung directors, and the inadvertent inauguration of the French New Wave”
A work of stark contrasts and filmic complexity, Agnès Varda's debut was inspired by the style of William Faulkner's novel ‘The Wild Palms’ which charts two different stories, devoting an alternate chapter to each.
Established theatre actors Philippe Noiret and Silvia Monfort play an intellectual Parisian couple who travel to the husband's village to decide the fate of their relationship. In the alternate story, the villagers of Sète enact scenarios drawn from their reality.
As a child Varda lived in Sète. This intimate connection to place translates in her nuanced and compassionate portrait of the village, where life is deeply rooted in the elements, labour and community. In contrast, her formal schooling in philosophy and art can be seen in the corresponding plot line.
Credited by film historian Georges Sadoul as "genuinely the first film of the nouvelle vague", La Pointe Courte is even more exhilarating when one considers that Varda had no formal training and watched virtually no other films before embarking on this feature.
Please note: this screening will take place at The Capitol while ACMI at Fed Square is closed for redevelopment.