Festival screening to pay homage to Agnes Varda

This year's Shanghai International Film Festival will screen documentary "Varda by Agnes," the last work of French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who died on March 29 at the age of 90.
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French filmmaker Agnes Varda

This year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, to be held from June 15 to 24, will screen documentary “Varda by Agnes,” the last work of French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who died on March 29 at the age of 90.

The film shows the director’s lectures from around the world, while Varda looks back on her best-known works, sharing her memories and inspirations. 

It provides a charming insight into her rich emotional world.

Organizers of festival said that Varga, also a talented photographer, screenwriter and visual artist, has an affinity with the event.

As early as 2009, the 12th Shanghai festival screened two of her movies, her feature film debut “La Pointe-Courte” (1955) and comedy “Cleo from 5 to 7” (1962).

Last year, the 21st festival screened her award-winning documentary “Faces Places (2017).” A collaboration between Varda and photographer/muralist JR, the film featured photos of people they met on a journey through rural France.

Varda was a leading figure and pioneer in the development of la Nouvelle Vague (the French New Wave). 

Born in Brussels, Belgium, she was first a photographer. During her filmmaking career of more than 50 years, she directed over 30 feature films, documentaries and shorts. Many of her productions tackle real-life events, social or feminist issues.

The director received many prizes at international film festivals. In 2015, she received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the first woman to win the coveted honor. 

In 2018, the American Film Academy presented her with a lifetime achievement award.

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Agnes Varda and the French photographer and muralist known as JR in a scene from their 2017 film “Faces Places.” 

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