Agnes Varda Oscar Nominated French New Wave Film Director Dies at 90

Agnes Varda, the filmmaker, born in Belgian died on March 29, 2019, at home from cancer. She was 90 years old.

The Agence France Press verified Varda’s death.

The filmmaker’s family released a statement that read: “the artist and director Agnes Varda died on March 29 at her home from cancer complications. Her friends and family surrounded her at the time of death.”

In the 1960s, Varda was one of the originators of the French New Wave movement, and was known as the “mother of the French New Wave” with her films “Le Bonheur,” “Cleo,” “From 5 to 7,” and “The Creatures.”

In 2017, Varda became the first female director to receive an honorary Academy Award. In 2018, she became the oldest nominee for an Oscar for her film nominated in the feature documentary category “Faces Places.”

She continued to make multiple films which were acclaimed and hits at festivals such as “Vagabond” (1985), “Kung-Fu Master” (1988), “One Hundred and One Nights”(1995), and “The Beaches of Agnes” (2008) which was autobiographical.

Varda continued to work up to her death.

Her autobiographical documentary “Varda by Agnes” made its premiere in Feb. 2019 at the Berlin Film Festival. Varda was also a notable writer of screenplays, photographer, visual artist, and actress. She often used her life as the subject of her movies.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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