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Agnès Varda’s New Film Is a Masterclass With the Film Legend Called ‘Let’s Talk About Cinema’

Although "Faces Places" was rumored to be her last film, the French New Wave icon cannot retire without sharing her vast wealth of knowledge with the rest of us.

Agnes VardaVisages, Villages Photocall - 70th Cannes Film Festival, France - 19 May 2017French director Agnes Varda poses during the photocall for 'Visages, Villages' (Faces Places)' at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 19 May 2017. The movie is presented in the section Special Screenings of the festival which runs from 17 to 28 May.

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After earning an Oscar nomination for “Faces Places,” Agnès Varda isn’t through making movies just yet. Despite persistent rumors that “Faces Places” would be her final film, it turns out the 89-year-old cinema icon has more to say. Varda will co-direct a TV documentary with Didier Rouget, who lensed her critically acclaimed 2000 documentary “The Gleaners and I.” The next project, titled “Let’s Talk About Cinema,” will be a masterclass in the art of filmmaking from Varda herself.

“It’s really about transmission and education,” Rosalie Varda recently told Film Comment. The filmmaker’s daughter and a producer on the film, Rosalie produced “Faces Places” and worked previously as a costume designer. “She’s going to take extracts from her films and talk about them herself, explaining how she arrives to each scene, and how, in each film, she tries to find a new way of narration between fiction and documentary.”

“Let’s Talk About Cinema” will also feature guests and past collaborators, which Rosalie promised would be a “big surprise.” Varda has delivered countless masterclasses and lectures in filmmaking over the years, which inspired the idea for this latest project. In an interview with Vulture published in January, she said “Let’s Talk About Cinema” was a way for her to be able to turn down lecturing gigs. “I’m trying to film the lectures so that we’ll be able to send the film and no longer go,” she said. “What I’m doing now is a way to escape lectures. It’s like archiving myself.”

“Let’s Talk About Cinema” will begin production soon, and is eyeing a September release. Or, according to Rosalie: “Whenever she is happy with it.”

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