(Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints – JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. w/ KUNG-FU MASTER

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Varda’s freewheeling documentary, never before released in the United States, is a deeply idiosyncratic portrait of the famed French actress, singer and cultural muse Jane Birkin. The film—ostensibly spanning the decade from age 30 to 40 and produced on the occasion of Birkin’s 40th birthday—delves us directly into Birkin’s thoughts, hopes, and fears through series of staged miniatures drawn from the history of Western art, in which Varda reconfigures famous Janes through time in Birkin’s likeness. Strewn throughout are intimate moments with Birkin and her family, showing us the private, quiet side of the star. And, as only Varda can conjure, with JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. it’s possible to speak of a detailed, rigorous mise-en-scène, rare indeed for a so-called documentary. (97 min)

2k digital restoration from the original 35mm negative completed at Eclair Labs, supervised by Agnés Varda, with support from the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animee (CNC), Paris.

 

SCREENS WITH

KUNG-FU MASTER
(AKA LE PETIT AMOUR)
FRANCE 1988
DIRECTOR: AGNÈS VARDA
Varda’s son Mathieu Demy stars alongside Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in this tender look inside a mother-daughter-boy love triangle of sorts. Lucy (Gainsbourg) and Julien (Demy), 14-year-old schoolmates, have a kind of on-again, off-again relationship—tentative, at times cruel, at times sweet; in short, a teenage romance. But when Julien takes a liking to Lucy’s mother Mary-Jane (Birkin) and the 40-something mother of two tentatively reciprocates, the three are thrown into turmoil. Beautifully understated, and featuring gorgeous visuals and searing performances from the three leads, KUNG-FU MASTER is an underappreciated work in Varda’s substantial filmography. (80 mins.)

 

2k digital restoration from the original 35mm negative completed at Eclair Labs, supervised by Agnés Varda, with support from the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animee (CNC), Paris.

 

 

JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. and KUNG-FU MASTER screen Friday, September 25 at 7pm, Saturday, September 26 at 7pm, and Monday, September 28 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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