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Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda (born 30 May 1928) is a Belgian film director. Her movies, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary — with a distinct experimental style.


Varda was born in Brussels, Belgium, to a Greek father and French mother. Her father's family were Greek refugees from Asia Minor.

Despite similarities to the French New Wave, films by Varda belonged more precisely to the Rive Gauche sister-movement, along with Chris Marker, Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean Cayrol and Henri Colpi. The group was strongly tied to the nouveau roman movement in literature and politically was positioned in the Left. Like the French New Wave, its members would often collaborate with each other.


For the 1985 documentary-style feature film Vagabond/Without Roof or Rule she received the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival.

Selected Filmography

Title English Title Country Year Credit
La Pointe Courte France 1956 Director, Writer
Cléo de 5 à 7 Cléo from 5 to 7 France/Italy 1962 Director, Writer
Le Bonheur Happiness France 1965 Director, Writer
Lions Love Lions Love USA/France 1969 Director, Writer, Producer
L'Une chante, l'autre pas One Sings, the Other Doesn't Venezuela/France/Belgium 1977 Director, Writer
Sans toit ni loi Vagabond France/UK 1985 Director, Writer, Editor
Jane B. par Agnès V. Jane B. by Agnes V. France 1986-7 Director, Writer, Editor
Kung-Fu Master Le Petit amour France 1987 Director, Writer
Jacquot de Nantes France 1990 Director, Writer
Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma A Hundred and One Nights UK/France 1994 Director, Writer
Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse The Gleaners and I France 2000 Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later France 2002 Director, Editor
Lion volatil, Le France 2003 Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Plages d'Agnès, Les (currently in production) France 2008 Director, Writer, Producer

External links


  • How Agnes Varda "invented" the New Wave by Ginette Vincendeaud, 4 by Agnes Varda, Criterion, 2008

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