Agnès Varda (France)

Born in Ixelles in Brussels in 1928, Agnes Varda spent her childhood in Belgium with her four brothers and sisters. During the war, in 1940, moved the family to the south of France. She spent her adolescence in Sète and later Paris where she took her baccalaureate, afterwards studying at the Louvre and then photography at night school in Vaugirard.

Varda became photographer for Jean Vilar, founder of the Avignon festival in 1948, and later for the People’s National Theatre (TNP) (the film star Gerard Philipe shined there among others). She held her first solo exhibition in her home in 1954, followed by several reportage missions in China and Cuba. Over the course of her travels and via the people she met, she produced several portraits of both ordinary and famous people of her time.

Without any training, Agnès Varda moved to the medium of cinema. She created her own small company Cine-Tamaris to produce and direct her first feature length film, La Pointe Courte, which earnt her the title of ‘The Grandmother of the New Wave’.

Filmography

  • La Pointe Courte
    86', France, 1956
  • O saisons, ô châteaux
    20', France, 1958
  • La cocotte d'azur
    10', France, 1958
  • Du côté de la côte
    25, France, 1958
  • L'opera-mouffe/Diary of a Pregnant Woman
    16', France, 1958
  • Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou
    Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (5', France, 1961
  • Cléo de 5 à 7/Cleo from 5 to 7
    90', France/Italy, 1962
  • Salut les Cubains
    30', France/Cuba, 1963
  • Le Bonheur
    79', France, 1965
  • Les créatures/The Creatures
    92', France/Sweden, 1966
  • Elsa la rose
    20, France, 1966
  • Loin du Vietnam/Far from Vietnam
    120', France, 1967
  • Oncle Yanco
    22', USA, 1967
  • Black Panthers
    31', France, 1968
  • Lions Love
    110', USA/France, 1969
  • Nausicaa
    94', France, 1970
  • Réponse de femmes/Women Reply: Our Bodies Our Sex
    8', France, 1975
  • Daguerréotypes
    80', West Germany/France, 1976
  • Plaisir d'amour en Iran
    6', France, 1976
  • L'une chante, l'autre pas/One Sings, the Other Doesn't
    120', France, 1977
  • Mur Murs
    80', France, 1981
  • Documenteur
    65', France, 1981
  • Ulysse
    22', France, 1982
  • Une minute pout une image
    2', France, 1983
  • Les dites cariatides/The So-Called Caryatids
    12', France, 1984
  • 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir
    28', France, 1984
  • Histoire d'une vieille dame/The Story of an Old Lady
    4', France, 1985
  • Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond
    105', France, 1985
  • T'as de beaux escaliers, tu sais
    3', France, 1986
  • Kung-fu master/Le petit amour
    80', France, 188
  • Jane B. par Agnès V./Jane B. for Agnes V.
    97', France, 1988
  • Jacquot de Nantes
    118', France, 1991
  • Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans
    64', France, 1993
  • Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma/One Hundred and One Nights
    101', France, 1995
  • L'univers de Jacques Demy
    90', France, 1995
  • Les glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I
    82', France, 2000
  • Deux ans apres/Two Years Later
    64', France, 2001
  • Hommage à Zgougou
    et salut à Sabine Mamou)/Homage to Zgougou the Cat (2', France, 2002
  • Le lion volatil
    12', France, 2003
  • Ydessa, les ours et etc./Ydessa, the Bears and Etc.
    44', France, 2004
  • Cinévardaphoto
    96', France, 2004
  • Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier
    69', France, 2006
  • Les plages d'Agnès/The Beaches of Agnès
    110', France, 2008

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