By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2013 at 1:10PM
The Cinema Guild has snapped up stateside VOD rights to Agnes Varda's new five-part documentary "From Here to There," which chronicles the French auteur's world travels as she surveys the global contemporary art scene, meeting with filmmakers and artists from an array of backgrounds. It will be released across multiple digital platforms later this year.
Each of the five episodes is 45 minutes in length, totaling 225 minutes of glorious Varda documentary-making. The insatiable and indefatigable filmmaker and new Academy member, now 85, hits locales as diverse as Los Angeles and St. Petersburg, Lisbon and Mexico. She talks with Russian director Alexander Sokurov ("Russian Ark"), eats with sculptor Christian Boltanski and partner artist Annette Messager, and dances with Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira ("Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl," "The Strange Case of Angelica").
Last but certainly not least, she visits and films friend and fellow New Wave filmmaker Chris Marker ("La Jetee") at his home shortly before he died in 2012.
Varda's documentaries, which include "The Gleaners and I" and "The Beaches of Agnes," often combine her own visual experiments with an essay-like account of the world, human nature and the passage of time. She is also the helmer of such brilliant narrative entries as 1985's "Vagabond" and 1962's "Cleo from 5 to 7."
Count us excited for this one.