In two huge rooms, discover hundreds of old photographs: children in their Sunday best, families gathered, groups of friends, athletes or colleagues, etc., and discover that in each picture we also see a teddy bear…
How and why did Ydessa, a Canadian woman born of German Jewish parents, collect these photographs along with a few reassuring bears typical of the era? A closer look reveals a certain amount of anxiety. In fact, the filmed visit of this collection, exhibited in Munich, is full of surprises.
Agnès Varda has been called the “Grandmother of the New Wave,” a well-meaning if curious tribute for a woman who directed her first feature film at the age of 26. Born in Brussels, Varda studied literature and psychology at the Sorbonne, and art history at the École du Louvre. She’d originally wanted to be a museum curator, but a night-school course in photography changed her mind. Rapidly establishing herself as a top-rank still photographer, Varda became the official cameraperson for the Theatre Festival of Avignon and the Theatre National Populaire, and then pursued a career as a photojournalist.
Encouraged by filmmaker Alain Resnais, Varda made her movie directorial bow in 1955 with La Pointe Courte. She based the film on a William Faulkner short story, to which she was attracted because of its parallel plotlines (a recurring device in her later films). That same year, she accompanied another future New Wave director, Chris Marker, to China as visual advisor for his Dimanche… read more
if memory is a good thing in itself, then why are we here, in the east, with every day and every conversation, taught to forget and to forgive? for the sake of good manners, of good faith, of integration, of civilisation. isn't memory a good thing for ALL?