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Agnes

Agnès Varda

Country: France

Agnès Varda (French, b. 1928, Brussels, Belgium) lives and works in Paris, France. Varda studied art history at the École du Louvre and took night classes in photography. After years of photography, she switched to cinema with no film training. She wrote and directed La pointe courte (1954), considered the beginning of French New Wave filmmaking. Le Bonheur (Happiness) (1965) won the Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival and Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (1985) was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The Beaches of Agnès (2008) won a César Award for Best Documentary Film. She also won the Palme d’Or d’Honneur at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Faces Places (2017) co-directed with French artist JR won L’Oeil d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 90th Academy Awards. In 2017, she also received an Honorary Award at the Governors Awards. Her exhibitions include Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris (2018), Blum & Poe, New York City, USA (2017); Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2014); CAFA Museum Beijing and Hubei Art Museum Wuhan, China (2012), Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France (2006); and 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003).

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