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LA POINTE COURTE

France, 1955 (MIFF 2013, Masters and Restorations)

Director: Agnes Varda

"One of the very first manifestations of nouvelle vague ... a remarkably assured, gutsy and conceptually ostentatious piece of filmmaking." – Time Out London

In 1954, an unknown young woman named Agnès Varda released a film called La Pointe Courte, a strange, intoxicating piece of black-and-white cinema that set the template for the entire French New Wave. Unfairly overlooked in favour of luminaries like Godard and Truffaut, Varda's film – featuring a young Philippe Noiret in an early role – still stands as an audacious piece of filmmaking, a work of art that was, quite simply, like nothing that had ever come before.

In a small Mediterranean fishing village, a young man returns to the wife he left behind many months before. As they talk, the incompatibilities of their life together drift into focus, and realisation dawns that the town they share cannot contain them both.

D/S Agnes Varda WS Ciné Tamaris L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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