Seminar on Agnès Varda: The cinema as a testimony of the real and the expression of the imagination

Days: June 17, 18 and 19, 2020
Space: Auditori
• Payment activity with prior registration

Es Baluard Museum reschedules the seminar on the figure of the Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda, precursor of the Nouvelle Vague and feminist cinema, which will be taught by the specialist in her work, Imma Merino. The duration is three days and includes a theoretical part accompanied by a viewing of three films. Merino is also the author of the essay “Agnès Varda: espigadora de realidades y de ensueños”, which will be presented on Thursday, March 19.

Since 1954 Agnès Varda has made her first film, La Pointe Courte, where documentary images of life in a fishing district of Sète coexist with the fiction of a crisis couple, she has made films with a spirit of freedom that led her to transcend generic conventions and constantly invent their forms.

For more than six decades, Varda created images with a desire to witness the real and at the same time express his imaginary, a tension that makes his films move between documentary and fiction, naturalness and artifice, life and representation. In fact, despite the diversity of his filmography, with such fundamental works as Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961), Sans Toit ni Loi (1984) and Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000),  can be perceived constants that take on various forms and modulations as an expression of subjectivity, always open to otherness, manifested explicitly through the narrative voice of Varda and, especially in old age, its presence in the pictures. Sixty years after the onset of the Nouvelle vague spirit, Agnès Varda emerges more and more strongly.


June 17th

  • 6:00 pm. Talk: “A cinema between reality and imagery with a woman’s look”
  • 8:00 pm. Screening: Cléo de 5 a 7 (90 minutes)

June 18th

June 20th

  • 6:00 pm. Talk: “From photographer to visual artist”
  • 8:00 pm. Screening: Jacquot de Nantes (118 minutes)


  • General price: 45 €. Registration can be formalized until March 10 by clicking here
  • 10% discount for Members of Es Baluard
  • Free for students
  • The presentation of the book and the screenings of the films are free and open to the public with prior registration. The registration will be made in strict order of reception.
  • The capacity is limited in prevention of COVID-19: 50 people.

Imma Merino Serrat (1962, Castellfollit de la Roca)

Graduated in Philosophy from the UB and a PhD in Communication from the UPF with the thesis “Subjectivity and self-representation in the cinema of Agnès Varda”. She is Professor of History of Cinema and Analysis of the Media at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Girona. For thirty years she has been writing about cinema and cultural issues in the newspaper El Punt (now El Punt/Avui).

She also regularly contributes to the cultural magazine L’Avenç. She has published the essay “Agnès Varda: a spigot of realities and dreams” and has published, together with Ariadna Lorenzo, the book “Carol: the subversive beauty of desire”.

Cultural Training
17th June 2020 → 19th June 2020