TWO FILMS OF PARIS BY AGNES VARDA
LES DITES CARIATIDES & CLÉO DE 5 À 7
PROGRAMMED BY LYDIA DE MATOS & ANDRE O’GARRO
THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present two film screenings led by our 2022 VOLUNTEER COHORT.
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022: TWO FILMS OF PARIS BY AGNES VARDA
6:00PM – OPEN for drinks and hot dogs
7:30PM – INTRO BY FILM SCHOLAR, Neil Archer
7:45PM – LES DITES CARIATIDES by Agnès Varda (12 minutes)
8:00PM – CLÉO DE 5 À 7 by Agnès Varda (90 minutes)
10:30PM – Film concludes/ chat at bar (30 mins)
11:00PM – CLOSE
On Saturday 12th November Paris comes to Thamesmead as Thamesmead Texas presents two films by the iconic Agnès Varda, LES DITES CARIATIDES (1984, runtime: 12 mins) and CLÉO DE 5 À 7 (1962, runtime 90 mins). Preceded by a short video introduction by film scholar Neil Archer, through these films you’ll have a chance to see the city of Paris as documented by one of its most beloved filmmakers. Both films are wonderfully inventive, visually charming, and full to the brim with warmth, wit, and humanity. We’ll be serving hot spiced wine all night, and playing some Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, and Charles Aznavour to top it all off!
AGNES VARDA (French, b.1928) is a photographer and filmmaker. The only female director to emerge out of French New Wave cinema, Varda is considered a founder of the movement and was an early pioneer of using non-actors and location shooting. She is known for her political and feminist films such as Cléo from 5 to 7, Le Bonheur, Vagabond, and La Pointe Courte, which was her self-funded debut in 1954 at the age of 26.
NEIL ARCHER has an MA in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds, and a PhD in French cinema at the University of Cambridge. He is Senior Lecturer within the School of Humanities at Keele University, Staffordshire. “I have published widely on late twentieth- and twenty-first-century film aesthetics and the history of film industries, with a particular focus on popular British and other European cinemas, Hollywood cinema, mobility in cinema, and the relationship between globalization and film. My work has appeared in journals such as JCMS: Journal for Cinema and Media Studies, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Mobilities”.
Lydia de Matos is a 21-year-old student of language and cultural theory at University College London. Her research and artistic practice is interested in cinema’s relationship to time, memory, and constructed space, and expressions of stillness in the moving image. She believes in community-led, thoughtfully programmed cinema, and her favourite film is Miguel Gomes’ Tabu.
Andre O’Garro is an aspiring documentary filmmaker/producer who recently finished studying Film and Media at Keele University. His interest in the medium blossomed at age 20 when he made ‘Out of The Cage’ a documentary about Lynne Bailey and her creative life post-retirement. He wanted to join the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema to meet other aspiring creatives and learn more about cinema programming.
Supported by Bow Arts Trust