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KFS July feature is 'The Gleaners and I'

July 2, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Kalamazoo Film Society will present "The Gleaners and I" at the Little Theatre, Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Directed by Agnes Varda (Vagabond), this feature won the Best Documentary Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.

"The Gleaners and I" follows "gleaners," or those who gather spoils left after a harvest and those who scavenge the trash. This film was deemed, "Eccentric and charming," by the Boston Globe, and A.O. Scott of the New York Times gave the following praise, "Ms. Varda's gleaners retain a resilient, generous humanity that is clearly brought to the surface by her own tough, open spirit."

This French language film with English subtitles was shot with a digital camera, and we see Varda's delight at this new technology firsthand. Varda is well-known for her thought-provoking, films which convey her curiosity for humanity. Varda, now 72, shot her first film at 26, and she inspired a new generation of French filmmakers who cite her as the "grandmother of French New Wave cinema."

The Little Theatre is on the corner of Oakland and Oliver on Western Michigan University's East Campus. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and free parking is available in Lot 11. For more information, call the movie line at (616) 387-8221 or visit the Kalamazoo Film Society's web site at www.kalfilmsociety.net.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 616 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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