Over six decades, Agnès Varda has established herself at the vanguard of world cinema. The 89-year old doyenne of the French new wave was recently nominated for Best Documentary Feature for her film Faces Places, making her the oldest Oscar nominee in history and one who has truly paved the way for directors, female or otherwise. To mark the presentation a new commissioned video installation at Liverpool Biennial 2018, BFI Southbank is putting on a two-month retrospective of her work genre-defying work including screenings of her best-loved films (Cléo from 5 to 7, Mur Murs and The Gleaners & I) and the re-release of Vagabond, Varda’s powerful and heartbreaking account of a defiant and free-spirited woman, playing on an extended run from Friday 29 June. If you’re already a fan of this queen (and her epic pudding-bowl haircut), this will be a gift from above. If you’re not, tickets for under a tenner at one of London’s best cinemas should be tempting enough. Prepare to fall in love with the coolest nonagenarian in film.
By Megan Carnegie