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AFI FEST 2013 Announces Four Iconic Film Selections by Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 19, 2013 at 2:59PM

The American Film Institute has announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda to screen at AFI FEST 2013, including films by Bresson, Fassbinder, Cassavetes and Scorsese.
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Agnes Varda
Agnes Varda

The American Film Institute has announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnes Varda to screen at AFI FEST 2013.

Legendary French auteur Varda has chosen iconic films that have inspired her throughout her six-decade-long career. An utterly lovely list of international and American classics, the films are Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket" (1959), John Cassavetes' "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974), Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1979) and Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" (1985). Trailers below.

"For AFI FEST, I chose four films that have been important in my life," Varda said. For the subjects, the style that I call cinewriting, the radical choices and specific sensibilities, among some other films, I chose 'The Marriage of Maria Braun,' one pearl of Fassbinder films, 'Pickpocket' by Bresson for its singular way of interpreting the art of stealing... From Scorsese, 'After Hours,' a strange ephemeral nightmare beautifully treated, and from Cassavetes one of my favorite among all: 'A Woman Under the Influence,' a delicate and complex portrait of a woman as well as of the people around her."

In additional, the festival will screen a selection of Varda's own films, including restored versions of "Cleo From 5 to 7" (1962) and "Documenteur" (1981).

AFI FEST 2013 opens in Hollywood with "Saving Mr. Banks" on November 7, and closes with "Inside Llewyn Davis" on November 14.

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