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Agnès Varda Dies: French Film Director & New Wave Pioneer Was 90

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French film director Agnès Varda, who helmed films including La Pointe Courte and Cleo from 5 to 7, has died at the age of 90.

Varda died on Thursday evening due to complications from cancer. “She was surrounded by her family and friends,” the family said in a statement.

Despite ill health, she was at this years Berlin Film Festival, where she presented Varda by Agnès and received an award.

From her first film, La Pointe Courte in 1954, Vardas style reflected elements of what would become the French New Wave although because she preceded that movement her work is more Left Bank in style. Her next feature, Cleo From 5 To 7, was a documentary style look at a singer awaiting results of a biopsy, which foreshadowed Vardas fascination with human mortality. Her films also tended to focus on women and her subsequent Vagabond examined the investigation of the death of a female drifter.

She married film director Jacques Demy in 1962 and after his death in 1990, she made Jacquot de Nantes, about his life and death.

In 2000, she used a digital camera to make The Gleaners and I. Her 2008 autobiographical work Les plages dAgnès picked up Frances the César for best documentary.

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