Due to the current restrictions, visits to the 2nd Garage Triennial are based on fixed-time tickets. Please purchase tickets online, where you will find information about free time slots.

27 September 2020


A body of a woman who has frozen to death is found in a ditch at a vineyard. Talking to those who saw the unlucky wanderer last, the unseen interviewer (Agnès Varda) reconstructs the final days of her life. Believed to be Varda’s key achievement, this poetic picture was awarded a Golden Lion at the 1985 Venice Film Festival. Sandrine Bonnaire won the 1986 Best Actress César for the role of the defiant Mona. The film will be screened from a 35mm film.

Inspired by the narrative structure of Citizen Kane—the grand portrait of a rich and enigmatic media mogul—Varda has shot a down-to-earth picture about a wanderer who is just as mysterious as Kane. Varda had been mixing documentary footage into her features since La Pointe Courte; in Vagabond, she intersperses the story with pseudo-documentary interviews with people who had seen Mona last. Filmed with non-professional actors and Varda’s humor and insight, the kaleidoscope of interviews creates a vibrant and complex portrait of French society.

Running away from a boring office job and refusing to settle down, on her journey, Mona meets people of all trades and classes: a bourgeois family and their hapless maid, a gang of burglars, drug dealers, a prostitute, a worker from Tunisia, a shepherd with a Master’s degree in philosophy, and a university professor. The feelings she evokes in them are just as varied: from disliking and even fear to perplexed fascination. Varda herself, however, seems to portray the girl who has made her choice without passing judgments. The camera picks up Mona’s own emotions: the pointless panoramas of small streets and the countryside picking out on random objects echo the overwhelming feeling of freedom and despair slowly creeping in.

The film will be screened in French with Russian subtitles.

Director: Agnès Varda
France, 1985. 105 min. 18+


Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*


 GARAGE cardholders:  175 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

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