Film Highlight: Women with Vision 2009

From The Beaches of Agnès
courtesy of the Walker Art Center

The Walker begins its 16th annual series celebrating female filmmakers from around the world. The screenings this year include new works from Nepal, Korea, Holland, Bosnia, and Israel, plus two films from Minnesota directors. One of the highlights this weekend is The Beaches of Agnès (Saturday at 7:30 p.m.). France's Agnès Varda returns to the festival with a lyrical, restlessly inventive personal documentary in which the octogenarian revisits hallmark locations from her life and career, including the small fishing village where she directed her first feature, La Pointe-Courte, in 1954. It's there, in perhaps the film's loveliest sequence, that Varda tracks down the two young boys—now old men—seen pushing a handcart in one sequence from the earlier film and has them re-enact that scene, while a projector on the handcart broadcasts those half-century-old images onto a makeshift screen. Other films this weekend are Treeless Mountain (Friday at 7:30 p.m.), a touching story from South Korea's So Yong Kim about the resilience of a six-year-old girl and her younger sister whose mother abandons them with a cold and uncaring aunt, and a short-film showcase celebrating International Women's Day (Sunday at 1 p.m.). For the series' full schedule, visit

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