THIS JANUARY- We are starting at the very beginning! (A very good place to start...) Let us commence 2023 by celebrating the films that commenced the careers of some of the world's finest filmmakers of past and present. The Paradise Presents: START ME UP. Ten audacious feature directorial debuts from the 1930s to the 2000s that will kick off your year on the right note.
In the 1950s and 1960s the French New Wave saw no shortage of young talent making their first films. There at the start of it all was a young photographer named Agnès Varda she travelled to a small French fishing town to visit a friend and started shooting a short film against the landscape. This would inspire her feature debut LA POINTE COURTE- a gorgeously restrained relationship drama, and Varda would go on to become one of the most vital and creative forces in the filmmaking world until her death in 2019.
The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple (played by Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret) and a documentary-like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda's discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French New Wave.
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Monday January 23rd, 6:30 PM/6 PM Doors