French director, born in Belgium in 1928.
After high school, Varda took evening classes in photography. She later attended the École du Louvre as an unregistered student, then became a photographer for the Festival d’Avignon, followed by the Théâtre National Populaire, directed by Jean Vilar. She wrote, directed and produced her first feature film in 1954, La Pointe Courte (edited by Alain Resnais). Cleo From 5 to 7 was unanimously hailed. She later alternated between short films and features, documentaries and fictional films, including Happiness (Silver Bear in Berlin), One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, Documenteur, Jacquot de Nantes (based on her husband Jacques Demy’s childhood), Vagabond (Golden Lion in Venice) and The Beaches of Agnès (César 2009). In terms of documentaries, she directed Du Côté de la Côte, Mural Murals, The Gleaners and I, and Agnes Varda: From Here to There. Since 2003, she has exhibited videos and installations. In 2015, she won the Honorary Palme at the Cannes Film Festival for her overall achievement.
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Fictions : La Pointe Courte (1954) – Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961) – Le Bonheur (1964) – The Creatures (1966) – Lions Love (… and Lies) (1969) – One sings, the other doesn't (1976) – Documenteur (1981) – Vagabond (1985) – Jane B. for Agnès V. (1987) – Kung-Fu Master (1987) – Jacquot de Nantes (1991) – One hundred and one nights (1994)
Documentaries : Diary of a pregnant woman (1958) – Uncle Yanco (1967) – Black Panthers (1968) – Daguerréotypes (1975) – Mural Murals (1980) – The so-called caryatids (1984) – The young girls turn 25 (1992) – The world of Jacques Demy (1995) – The Gleaners & I (2000) – The Beaches of Agnès (2008) – Visages, Villages (codirected with JR, 2017)