FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber/ 323.461. 2020, ext. 115

amcin@msn.com

FRENCH NEW WAVE PIONEER AGNÉS VARDA TO PRESENT SNEAK PREVIEW OF HER LATEST FILM, "THE GLEANERS & I"

Tuesday, March 13

HOLLYWOOD –. French New Wave pioneer, Agnés Varda will appear in person on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at the American Cinematheque to present a special sneak preview of her newest film, THE GLEANERS & I (LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE). (2001, Zeitgeist, 82 min.). Director Agnés Varda (CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, ONE SINGS THE OTHER DOESN’T, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NIGHTS) returns with arguably her strongest work since VAGABOND, a marvelous "wandering road documentary" that focuses on the centuries-old tradition of "gleaning" in France - literally picking up the cast-offs of others. Varda follows rural scavengers who gather left-over vegetables after the harvest, and urban scavengers who collect discarded food and appliances from the streets of Paris - interwoven with these are Varda's own intimate thoughts on aging, humorous interviews with judges and attorneys who debate Monty Python-style the legality of gleaning while standing in potato fields, and a host of other spontaneous musings on French art and culture. Through it all, Varda's patient sense of social obligation shines through, as she asks again and again, "How can one live on the leftovers of others?" "I managed to approach [the gleaners], to bring them out of their anonymity. I discovered their generosity. There are many ways of being poor, having common sense, anger or humor." - Agnés Varda. Winner, Best Documentary - Chicago Film Festival, and People's Choice Award - Montreal Festival of New Cinema and an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2000. In French with English subtitles. Filmmaker Allison Anders (GAS, FOOD, LODGING, THINGS BEHIND THE SUN) may moderate (schedule permitting) the discussion following with director Agnés Varda. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

 

Following its US release in New York and Philadelphia, THE GLEANERS & I opens theatrically in L.A. on April 6th at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills. This film is NOT available for review in connection with this screening. For press screening (March 30th at 10:00 AM) and press kit information please contact Jordan Moore at the Laemmle Theatres (jordan@laemmle.com). For interview information or to speak to someone in French, please contact Gwen Deglise at (gwendeglise@hotmail.com). Agnés Varda will be in LA March 11-15.

 

PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE LAEMMLE THEATRES UPON REQUEST

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you. VARDA’S PREVIOUS WORK IS AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) WITH SUBTITLES AT THE VIDEO STORES MENTIONED BELOW. THANK YOU.

Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone.

Jerry’s Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)

Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)

Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)

Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508)

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

 

Please note that our ticket prices increased as of Feb. 15, 2001. New Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with

valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

 

American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA 90028

(tel) 323.466-FILM u (fax) 323.461.9737 On the web: http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

 

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