LYDIA DE MATOS examines the life and career of French ‘Nouvelle Vague’ icon Agnès Varda. Brussels, May 1928. A year to the month before the first award ceremony ever held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Agnès Varda was born. Almost 91 years later, she stands as one of the most beloved and prolific filmmakers in history, with more than fifty directorial credits to her name. Varda is perhaps best known for her association with the French New Wave, having been given the nickname of the movement’s ‘godmother’ or ‘grandmother’ – a somewhat dubious title considering that she was only a few years older than her fellow Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. Regardless, this soubriquet was most likely a result of the impact of her first film, La Pointe Courte (1955), widely regarded as a precursor to the movement. Filmed in the village of Sète, where Varda spent her childhood,…Continue Reading

Merci, Agnès