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Jacquot de Nantes
Original title:
Jacquot de Nantes
Slovenian title:
Jacquot iz Nantesa
Section:
RETRO: AGNES VARDA
Country, year:
France, 1991
Length:
118
Directed by:
Agnes Varda
Screenplay:
Agnes Varda, Jacques Demy
Cinematography:
Patick Blossier, Agnes Godard, Georges Strouvé
Music:
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Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
French
Voting code:
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Cast:
Philippe Maron (Jacquot 1), Edouard Joubeaud (Jacquot 2), Laurent Monnier (Jacquot 3), Brigitte de Villepoix (mama), Daniel Dublet (Yvon 1), Clémant Delaroche (Yvon 2)
Awards:
Cannes 1991, Toronto 1991, New York 1991

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Description:
Agnes Varda started making her cinematic homage to husband Jacques Demy in 1990, when he was dying of AIDS-related complications. She crafted a biographic retelling of anecdotes from Demy's childhood, interspersed with excerpts from his films and adoring close-ups of real-life Demy himself.
Future director Jacques Demy is growing up surrounded by his loving family in Nantes in late 1930s. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. Regardless of the social circumstances, even during Nazi occupation, young Jacques aka Jacquot is fascinated by every kind of show: theatre, cinema, puppets. He buys a camera to shoot his first amateur film. His father wants him to become a mechanic, but Jacquot only wants to study film in Paris.

"We were together thirty-two years; we were married twenty-eight and fighting and loving. … It's a fiction film, but largely it is dealing directly with Jacques' memories that he allowed me to use and I wrote the dialogue, I wrote the scenes. Maybe I pushed or was beyond what he would have done himself, but he gave me the right to make a fiction, but I know I tried as much as I could to make it his - I was digging in my own memory as if I were him. So, I made a very bizarre 'mediumnity' approach to what I had in mind even though he was alive when I did it, he was coming to the shooting, he did see most of it." (Agnes Varda)