The Gleaners and I (Varda, 2000): ICA Cinema, 6.30pm
This film is screening as part of the Agnes Varda season at the ICA cinema. Details here.
Chicago Reader review:
A superb documentary by Agnes Varda, the sole woman member
of the French New Wave, who not only wrote and directed but also shot
the film with a digital camera. The film begins by musing on people who
pick up what's left on the ground after mechanical harvesting and moves
on to interviews with other types of gleaners: artists who use found
objects, a Michelin two-star chef who forages for herbs, and folks who
troll for discarded food in supermarket Dumpsters, pick up edible
detritus after market stalls have been struck, or furnish their homes
with sidewalk discards. Varda seamlessly weaves in poetic interludes on
famous images of gleaners by French artists, a magical sequence in which
she stumbles upon a junk-shop work that combines two of her favorite
harvest paintings, and her own feelings about aging, travel, and the
cinema. Not to be missed. In French with subtitles.
Here is an extract.