French New Wave film director Agnes Varda dead at 90 | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

French director Agnes Varda reacts on stage as she is awarded with the Berlinale Camera award at the 69th Berlinale film festival on February 13, 2019 in Berlin. - The Berlin film festival will be running from February 7 to 17, 2019. Nearly 400 movies from around the world will be presented, with 17 vying for the prestigious Golden Bear top prize. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

French film director Agnes Varda, who emerged in the New Wave of intimate cinema of the 1960s and continued with artful documentaries and films mixing real-life events with fiction, has died aged 90, her family said on Friday.

“The director and artist Agnes Varda died at her home on the night of Thursday, March 29, of complications from cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends,” the family said in a statement.

Varda, a legendary figure in the cinema industry who was easily recognisable for her bowl-cut bob, had worked up to the end, with a new autobiographical documentary premiering at the Berlin film festival last month.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 03, 2008 France’s director Agnes Varda poses during the photo call of the movie “Les Plages d’Agnes” (English title : The Beaches of Agnes) at the 65th Venice International Film Festival at Venice Lido.  (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Also a noted photographer, screenplay writer, actress and visual artist, Varda first came to prominence with her 1962 movie “Cleo from 5 to 7”.

Born on May 30, 1928, Varda often used her own life as the framework for her work, which brought her an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2015 — the first female to win the coveted award.

“Her work and her life are infused with the spirit of freedom, the art of driving back boundaries, a fierce determination and a conviction that brooks no obstacles. Simply put, Varda seems capable of accomplishing everything she wants,” the Cannes festival said at the time.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 1986 French director Agnes Varda poses in Paris for her new film “Sans toit ni loi” (Without roof nor law), starring French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, nomine for Best Actress for the 86 Cesars.  (Photo by JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU / AFP)
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