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Agnès Varda

There are arguably five or so peak weeks or periods during awards season.  We’re in the middle of one right now.  Even while diminished with a lack of world premieres AFI Fest has still been popping with galas for “Mudbound” and &#822…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the recipients of honorary Oscars at the 2017 Governors Awards this afternoon and the selections covered a wide spectrum of the industry. This year’s honorees included filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, actor Donald Sutherland and cinematographer Owen Roizman. In a statement, new Academy president John Bailey remarked, “This year’s Governors Awards reflect the breadth of international, independent and mainstream filmmaking, and are tributes to four great artists whose work embodies the diversity of our shared humanity.” Burnett is a pioneer in African American film having written and directed the classics “Killer of Sheep” and “To Sleep With Anger” the latter of which might feature the best work of Danny Glover’s career. Continue reading Donald Sutherland, Charles Burnett, Agnes Varda Are Your 2017 Governors Awards Honorees at The Playlist.

Without Agnès Varda and the other filmmakers of the French New Wave — particularly the Left Bank auteurs — the essay film wouldn’t exist in its current shape and form. Perhaps best known for her classics of that period, the octogenarian director has displayed a renewed creative spirit — and found new audiences — with her personal essay films of the current century, “The Gleaners and I” and “The Beaches of Agnès.” Certainly, Varda hasn’t settled into the “late period” mode that typically seizes the elder statesmen and stateswomen of cinema. Continue reading Agnes Varda’s Whimsical ‘Faces, Places’ Is Endlessly Charming [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.