fraenkel film festival

The Gleaners and I

Selected by Sophie Calle

Agnès Varda’s extraordinary late-career renaissance began with this wonderfully idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary in which the French cinema icon, inspired by a Jean-Francois Millet painting, explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for what society throws away. Embracing the intimacy and freedom of digital filmmaking, Varda posits herself as a kind of gleaner of images and ideas, one whose generous, expansive vision makes room for ruminations on everything from aging to the birth of cinema to the beauty of heart-shaped potatoes. By turns playful, philosophical, and subtly political, The Gleaners and I is a warmly human reflection on the contradictions of our consumerist world from an artist who, like her subjects, finds unexpected richness where few think to look.

Part of the Fraenkel Film Festival

Runtime
1h 22m
Year
2000
Director
Agnès Varda
Format
DCP
Country
France
Language
French with English Subtitles
First Showing
July 16, 2024

Showtimes

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 6:30 PM
Location Big Roxie

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