Agnès Varda just dropped her new short film, “Les 3 Boutons,” and it looks absolutely magical. Inspired, imaginative, and lyrical, the film follows “an adolescent who lives and works on a farm and tends goats asks herself the typical questions of her age and shares them with us. From the countryside to town, she pursues a waking dream but loses three buttons during her journey.” By all appearances a modern fairy tale, the short is set in a halcyon idyll and instantly defines itself with an endearing trifecta of magic, innocence, and whimsy.
It’s no surprise that a short from such a legendary and important filmmaker arrives with a ton of promise. Varda (“Cléo from 5 to 7,” “Vagabond”), who started out as a photographer and photojournalist, was an integral player in the development of French New Wave. In particular, she was one of the first to adopt location shooting and employ non-professional actors, practices that were extremely uncommon in French cinema in the early 1950s. On May 24th of this year, just six days shy of her 87th birthday, Varda became the first woman in history awarded an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Released by fashion house Miu Miu, and screening in the Venice Days portion of the Venice Film Festival, if you’re not in Italy, you can still watch the whole short below.