On Tuesday, April 3 University of Toronto Professor Kay Armatage will present Agnès Varda's Jane B. par Agnès V.
Varda referred to this polychromatic portrait of iconic actress, singer, model, and Serge Gainsbourg muse Jane Birkin as "an imaginary biopic," a barrelling succession of fantastical scenarios and roles that sprang from the minds and musings of both the director and her subject.
On the cusp of 40, Birkin speaks on such topics as aging, identity, and the slippage between public and private life in her status as a celebrity, while Varda's theatrical antics (from slapstick gags to Renaissance-style tableaux vivants) animate the star's conversational ephemera.
The result is a lively, playful exploration of the magical inner lives of both women, which makes bedfellows of fact and fantasy as it ruminates on the nature of performance with a candour of spirit (if not situation) that transfixes and enchants.
See our retrospective Radical Empathy: The Films of Agnès Varda this March: tiff.net/varda