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Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The French filmmaker will the first female director to be given the honour. Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002, Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been granted this distinction.
“And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs,” she said of following in their footsteps with her well-known sense of humour.
The award is given by the festival’s board of directors to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have never won Cannes’ top prize - the Palme d’or.
Varda, 86, is a photographer, writer, actress, director and visual artist.
She studied photography and learned the ropes at the Avignon Festival, where she was »
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Part of a wave of welcome recognition, influential filmmaker Agnes Varda will receive an honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s 68th Cannes Festival. She follows in the footsteps of just Woody Allen (2002), Clint Eastwood (2009) and Bernardo Bertolucci (2011).
The award goes to renowned directors whose works have achieved global impact but who have never won the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or, the festival explained, announcing the honor Saturday. Varda will receive the plaudit at the Cannes Festival’s closing ceremony on May 24.
The honorary Palme d’Or follows a tribute at 2014’s Locarno Festival and a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy, presented last December at the 27th European Film Awards.
It marks recognition for a figure whose career is often associated with the French Nouvelle Vague but begun a half-decade before with 1954’s “La Pointe Courte,” her first feature film, which starred Philippe Noiret and was edited by Alain Resnais. »
- John Hopewell
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the preliminary lineup for the second edition of Art of the Real, a festival dedicated exclusively to documentary filmmaking. This year's program will most notably include a special retrospective on the films of legendary French New Wave director Agnès Varda, who is scheduled to be in attendance at several screenings. Notable titles slated to screen from Varda's oeuvre include include "La Pointe Courte," "Vagabond" and "The Gleaners and I." Besides the Varda retrospective, Art of the Real revealed its slate of opening night films, which include two shorts that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Art of the Real Documentary-As-Art Festival will take place in New York from April 10-26. Read More: Is the Definition of 'Documentary' Too Narrow? This New Series Has the Answer »
- Ana Souza
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