The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Cléo From 5 to 7

The Frida Cinema celebrates the extraordinary career of Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist Agnès Varda (1928-2019) with special screenings of her 1962 classic,  Cléo From 5 to 7.

Capturing the transcendent beauty that can be found in the most trivial of things, Cléo From 5 to 7 takes place over the course of one night, from 5pm to 7pm.  A young, carefree, and somewhat spoiled semi-famous singer named Cléo (Corrrine Marchand) wanders through Paris, anxious about impending test results that may confirm her fears of a cancer diagnosis.  Through the course of her journey, Cléo finds herself turning to both friends and strangers for emotional support and perspective, engaging in conversations that alternate from the mundane to the profound in her search to clear her mind and once again find comfort in her own skin as the inevitable truth looms ahead of her.

The career of artistic director Agnès Varda spanned a lifetime. Beginning in the 1950s, her emotionally and visually moving films are considered to both pre-date and pair with the French New Wave, and her style of marrying music to imagery while exploring existential themes left a lasting impression on art-house audiences the world over.  We are pleased to present Agnès Varda moving and highly influential film Cléo From 5 to 7 in tribute and celebration of this artist, a masterpiece which is arguably her most celebrated work of art.

“Filming the sights (and sounds) of Paris with voracious visual delight, Varda embraces the turbulent distractions of public life, even as she filters them through Cleo’s shattered consciousness.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who’s all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth.” – Ed Halter, Village Voice

“…stands apart from the French New Wave in that it is very much the story of a woman, not about a woman.” – Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm