Agnes Varda

1928 Artist

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Agnes Varda is a Paris-based key figure in modern film history and one of the world's leading filmmakers. Trained in art and photography, her first film La Pointe Courte (1954) anticipated the French "New Wave". Varda's movies, documentaries and art installations (most recently at the Venice Biennale 2003) mixing documentary realism and social commentary with a distinct experimental style. For Vagabond (1985) Varda received the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival. Major films: Cleo from 5 to 7; Happiness; One Sings, The Other Doesn't; Kung-Fu Masters; Jacquot de Nantes; One Hundred and One Nights; The Gleaners and I.--European Graduate School website