INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE FILM: Before the screening on the 13th of October Cinematheque Curator Hege Jaer will have a presentation about Agnès Varda.
The Gleaner and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse) is both a diary and an essay which is both personal and political simultaneously, while also being a deeply reflective and entertaining film influenced heavily by Vardas own humour and enthusiasm. We follow Varda on a journey around France, where she is in the company of a small DV-Camera, while they trace and document alternative culture’s. This culture is made up of Gleaners, people who fine comb the backwaters of welfare society to save what others throw away, things that can still be used. Some do this because they think it is entertaining, others because they have to, some do it in anger, while others do it out of mischief.