Scene from the film Uncle Yanco
Scene from the film Uncle Yanco
Scene from the film Uncle Yanco

Uncle Yanco

  • France
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Among the most fascinating time capsules of Varda’s films of the ‘60s is this short portrait of her uncle Jean “Yanco” Varda, whom she met for the first time after promoting a film in the United States in 1967. Living in a houseboat off the coast of Sausalito, CA, Yanco personifies the dream of the hippy. Watching her film of their brief encounter, it is once again possible to imagine a time when the bohemian life was for many artists their actual lived experience, as they sought an alternate existence and way of working to that offered by mainstream society.


  • Original Title
    Uncle Yanco
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    David Myers
  • Editing
    Jean Hamon
  • Music
    Richard Lawrence, Yannis Spanos et Albinoni
  • Sound
    Paul Oppenheim
  • Runtime
    22 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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