Made in collaboration with Varda’s husband Jacques Demy [director of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort] in the last year of his life, Jacquot de Nantes was the first of the director’s cinematic tributes to her longtime partner... With great affection and detail, Varda crafts a docudrama retelling of Demy’s childhood, focusing on his successive creative interests (from puppet shows totheatre to, finally, cinema) and pointing out episodes that would serve as sources of inspiration for his future films; interspersed throughout these biographical recreations is the present-day Demy himself,whether providing narration for onscreen events or simply being filmed by Varda in adoring close-up. With Varda putting her inimitable cinematic personality (her focus on the everyday, her energy and easy
charm) selflessly in the service of her partner, Jacquot is a film of an artist and her muse.
Official Competition (Out of Competition) - Cannes IFF 1991
Official Competition - Lisbon French FF 2009
Official Competition - Edinburgh IFF 2019
Laurent Monnier, Philippe Maron, Édouard Joubeaud