The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda to screen at AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.
As an additional tribute to Varda, photos from her influential French New Wave film CLEO FROM 5 to 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) are featured in this year’s festival marketing and programming materials.
Varda has selected films that have inspired her throughout her six-decade career:
PICKPOCKET (DIR Robert Bresson, 1959)
A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DIR John Cassavetes, 1974)
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (DIR Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1979)
AFTER HOURS (DIR Martin Scorsese, 1985)
In addition, the festival will be screening a selection of Varda’s films, including restored versions of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) and DOCUMENTEUR (1979).
"For AFI FEST," Varda says, "I chose four films that have been important in my life. For the subjects, the style that I call cinewriting, the radical choices and specific sensibilities, among some other films, I chose THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, one pearl of Fassbinder films, PICKPOCKET by Bresson for it’s singular way for interpreting the art of stealing. As an homage to two American directors, I chose Scorcese and Cassavetes. From the first one AFTER HOURS, strange ephemeral nightmare beautifully treated, and from Cassavetes one of my favorite among all: WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, delicate and complex portrait of a woman as well as of the people around her. Actually to choose is always painful."
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