Agnès Varda is one of the most significant voices in French and European cinema and in the world of art. She has directed more than 40 short, documentary, and fiction films for both TV and cinema, and staged numerous exhibitions of her artwork.
Varda began her career as a still photographer working primarily for Jean Vilar at the Avignon Theater Festival, and later at the National Popular Theater at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. In 1954 she made her first feature, La Pointe courte (1954), one of the key precursor films of the French New Wave. Among her best-known works are: Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961), Le Bonheur (1964, Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival), Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond,1985, Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival), and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I, 2000). Her latest feature length film, Les Plages d’Agnès (Agnès’Beaches, 2008), premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009. In 2010-2011,she directed a documentary series Agnès de ci de là Varda (Agnès Varda: From Here toThere) for the French-German TV channel ARTE.
In 2003, Varda was invited by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to show her visual art at the Venice Biennale. Since then, her photography, installations, sculptures, and performance pieces have been exhibited at the Lyon Biennale, SMAK Ghent, Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Art in Paris, CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, and LACMA in Los Angeles. In 2014, the European Film Academy presented the writer-director with its 27th lifetime achievement award for her body of work, and in recognition of her contribution to the world of film. In 2015, Varda received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.