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Agnès Varda Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Brussels, Belgium
Died in Paris, France  (cancer)
Birth NameArlette Varda

Mini Bio (1)

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

Spouse (1)

Jacques Demy (1962 - 27 October 1990) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Her bowl-shaped bobbed haircut

Trivia (16)

Mother of actor Mathieu Demy with Jacques Demy.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 58th Cannes International Film Festival in 2005.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 40th Venice International Film Festival in 1983.
Legally changed her first name from Arlette to Agnès when she turned 18.
Was the very first director to ever cast Gérard Depardieu, in 1965. The film, called "Christmas Carole" (revolving around Carole, a young comics writer), was never completed, due to lack of money. Around 8 minutes have been shot, featuring Depardieu, and shown at the Cinémathèque Française at the end of the '90s.
In 2014 she received the 'Leopard of Honor' (Pardo d'onore) for 'Lifetime Achievement' at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival.
Since 2013 she is a member of the 'Documentary Branch' of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS).
Is a fan of the American series Girls (2012).
She was the official photographer of Jean Vilar's TNP and thus knew Philippe Noiret and Sylvia Monfort, the main actors of her first film La Pointe courte.
She was the daughter of Christiane (Pasquet) and Eugène Jean Varda, an engineer. Her father was from a family of Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Her mother was French, from Sète.
After studying photography, she became the official stills photographer for the Theatre National Populaire in Paris. From there, she tried her hand at film making and made her first movie, which was based loosely on William Faulkner's novel The Wild Palms.
She became a friend of Jim Morrison during his time in Paris, France. Varda was one of only six people to attend Morrison's funeral.
Unlike her friends in the French New Wave associated with Cahiers Du Cinema magazine, and unlike her Left Bank colleague Alain Resnais, Varda had not been a cinephile when she became a filmmaker, and had only seen, she said, about 10 films by the mid 195os.
Before being taken up by the Paris theatre, she made a living as a wedding photographer in her native Belgium.
Upon her death, she was interred at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, France.

Personal Quotes (3)

They called me 'The Ancestor of the New Wave' when I was only 30. I had seen very few films, which, in a way, gave me both the naivety and the daring to do what I did.
I don't believe in inspiration that arrives like a bolt from the blue - if it doesn't also arise from your body and your immediate lived experience. That's why I always refer to 'subjective documentary'. It seems to me that the more motivated I am by what I film, the more objectively I film.
Regarding this Women's March at Cannes, well, I'm a bit this and that because you say, okay, women should go marching, they should be in the selection committees, associations, we should have equal decision-making...But now if you have famous women in Cannes, that's a bit too chic for me, cinema, because the question is at all levels: in the factories, in the offices, everywhere, not just in the show business. So that is what i have to say to that. I'm always wary of actions that are too spectacular. I think that it's a day to day work everywhere where decisions are being made at all levels. I'm not criticizing... I'm half happy because there were beautiful women, beautiful staircases and beautiful clothes, but I think, sometimes, marching in the streets or having a meeting is more important.

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