LACMA and Sky Hopinka present his first full-length feature film MALNI, TOWARDS THEOCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE. This “poetic exploration in his signature style… follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier’s perambulations through their worlds—sometimes overlapping, sometimes not—as they wonder and wander through the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.”
Hopinka will participate in a post-screening Q & A.
A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Agnès Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women’s liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection places Varda’s filmography in the context of her parallel work as a photographer and multimedia artist—all of it a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being. — The Criterion Collection
The new box set THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA features digital restorations of thirty-nine films as well as the television productions Agnès de ci de là Varda, Nausicaa (1970), Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier, and Varda’s segments from Une minute pour une image.
Also included: rare archival footage, tributes and interviews, segments from unfinished works, and a 200-page book with contributions by Amy Taubin, Michael Koresky, GinetteVincendeau, So Mayer, Alexandra Hidalgo, and Rebecca Bengal, as well as a selection of Varda’s photography and images of her installation art.
The feature films are divided into fifteen programs:
Agnès Forever — Varda by Agnès (2019), Les 3 boutons (2015).
Early Varda — La Pointe Courte (1955), Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958), Du côté de la côte(1958).
Around Paris — Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1962), L’opéra-mouffe (1958), Les dites cariatides (1984), T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986).
Rue Daguerre — Daguerréotypes (1975), Le lion volatil (2003).
Married Life — Le bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Elsa la Rose (1966).
In California — Uncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), MurMurs (1981), Documenteur (1981).
Her Body, Herself — One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisird’amour en Iran(1977).
No Shelter — Vagabond (1985), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (à saisir) (1985).
Jane B. — Jane B. par Agnès V.(1988), Kung-Fu Master!(1988).
Jacques Demy — Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), The World of Jacques Demy (1995).
Simon Cinéma — One Hundred and One Nights (1995).
La glaneuse — The Gleaners and I(2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002).
Visual Artist — Visages Villages, codirected with JR (2017), Salut les cubains (1964), Ulysse (1982), Ydessa, les ours et etc. . . . (2004).
This weekend, Joan Los Angeles presents an online conversation with CIRCUS OF BOOKS director Rachel Mason and producers Cynthia Childs, Kathryn Robson, and Rhianon Jones, moderated by Evan Moffitt.
For over thirty-five years, the gay porn shop Circus of Books served as an epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason—a straight couple with three children. The documentary CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason.
UNDER GLASS—a group show of new work at Half Gallery to be viewed from the street—is closing this weekend.
Participating artists include Ginny Casey, Ethan Cook, Daniel Heidkamp, Andrea JoyceHeimer, EwaJuszkiewicz, Michael Kagan, Tanya Merrill, Anna Park, Richard Prince, UmarRashid, Rene Ricard, Tom Sachs, Peter Schyuff, Pauline Shaw, and Chloe Wise.