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The Gleaners and I

Agnès Varda

Varda's groundbreaking and hugely successful documentary explores the idea of ‘gleaning', from the ancient practice enshrined in paintings such as Jean- François Millet's The Gleaners, to the victims of late capitalism who scavenge in supermarket bins both to survive and to denounce consumerist excess.

Mixing documentary reportage and interviews with art and photography, Varda's investigation ranges widely across France, offering a poignant yet uplifting discourse on her relationship to others, her practice as a filmmaker and her own ageing.

Agnès Varda

Over six decades, Agnès Varda has established herself at the vanguard of world cinema. With her training in art history and her experience as a photographer, Varda continues to push the boundaries of what cinema as an art form can achieve, creating her own singular style by blending reality with poetic imagery, and fiction with documentary. As her latest film, the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places, finally graces our screens, we are delighted to celebrate her long career with this showcase of Varda classics.