The Gleaners and I, the multiple-award winning film by the renowned French documentary film maker Agnes Varda will be shown at 18:00 tomorrow May 4th at the Big Hall of Hanoi Goethe Institute, No. 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
The film is an intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country’s poor. It tracks a series of gleaners who do nothing but sort out eatables from huge piles of junk. The documentary is essentially a road trip to various places in France and Varda’s quest to reveal the uncut France, a France you have all been longing to see but never have a chance to do so.
The Gleaners and I is particularly praised for the courageous and determined approach undertaken by Agnes Varda, the leading figure of French documentary tradition. It’s also notable for its use of a hand-held camera and for its unusual camera angles and techniques. The film goes on to earn numerous international awards, including best documentary prizes from prestigious festivals such as European Film Awards and Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
Agnes Varda, born 1928, is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her movies, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style.