Short film program 1 collects two films made up of and about photos.
France, Cuba / 1963
30 min. / 35 mm / Original version with English subtitles
The Cuba crisis had just been resolved when Agnès Varda travelled to Cuba with her Leica. Back in Paris, she edited together and animated the 1500 black-and-white photos she took there to create an exuberant travelogue with music and a commentary by Michel Piccoli and herself. This lively photo montage, a nimble bow to and expression of solidarity for the revolution with cigars, beards, candy floss, Fidel and his speeches, musicians, militiamen, women and socialism, ends with a cha-cha-cha that also gets the photos dancing.
France / 1982
22 min. / 35 mm / Original version with English subtitles
A 1954 photograph by Agnès Varda shows a dead goat, a child and a naked man seen from behind. 28 years later, she returns to the photo, studies it in detail, sets out in search of the two people that it shows, and reflects in the process about memory, the nature of photography, and the passing of time.