''I loved Marrakech before the festival existed, but the addition of cinema makes me even more happy to come back and meet the community of Moroccan and worldwide filmmakers and film buffs.''
THE THREE LIVES OF AGNES VARDA
Birth in 1928 and childhood in Belgium. Moved to France in 1940 and spent her adolescence in Sète and then in Paris. She earned her Baccalauréat (high-school diploma) and then took course at Ecole du Louvre and Ecole Vaugirard, where she attended evening photography classes. She has lived in Paris XIV since 1951. And made two trips to Los Angeles, where she stayed for quite a while. She was married to Film-maker Jacques Demy, who passed away in 1990. With her late husband, she raised Rosalie Varda-Demy, costume-designer then artistic director, and Matthieu Demy, comedian and film-director.
As a Photographer:
During the 1950’s she served as a photographer for the Avignon Festival which was created by Jean Vilar and for the National Popular Theatre, where such artists as Gerard Philipe, Jeanne Moreau, Philippe Noiret were playing … She undertook Reportage (or, coverage) projects in China, Cuba, Portugal and Germany and took personal photographs.
As a Film-maker:
In 1954, five years prior to the Nouvelle Vague (the New Wave), Agnes Varda, established Tamaris, a film-production company for her first feature film, La Pointe Courte, which later earned her the title, “Grandmother of the New Wave.” Among the 36 films written and directed by Agnes, alternating between long and short films, documentaries fiction-films, the most well-known include:
Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961); Le Bonheur (Happiness) (1964), Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (1985), Jacquot de Nantes (1991) The Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (the Gleaners and I) (2000); Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008); Agnes de-ci de-là Varda (2011), a series of travels and encounters with artists) … Visages Villages (Faces Places) (2017), co-directed with Artist JR (nominated for an Oscar and a César 2018—for best documentary and best music).
1964: L’Ours d’argent (or, Silver Bear) at the Berlinale (or the Berlin Film Festival) and the Louis Delluc Award for Le Bonheur (Happiness)
1984: César for Ulysse
1985: The Golden Lion at the Mostra of Venice (or, Venice Film Festival) for Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)
2001: European Film Award for Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (the Gleaners and I)
2009: César for Les Plages d’Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes)
2016: Roger Ebert Tribute and Inauguration of the Varda Lounge—TIFF, Toronto.
2002: René Clair Award of the French Academy
2008: Honoris Causa Doctorate (or Honorary Doctorate) from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Gothenburg
2010: Carosse d’Or Award of SRF
2010: Honoris Causa Doctorate (Honorary Doctorate) from the University of Liege
2014: The Leopard of Honor Award at the Locarno Film Festival
2015: Palme d’Or d’Honneur at the Cannes Festival
2017: an Academy Honor Award for all her works
As an Artist:
In 2003, at the Venice Art Biennale, Agnes Varda began her life of “visual artist”, installations, videos, and photography.
Some of her works:
Patatutopia, Les veuves de Noirmoutier (the Widows of Noirmoutier),
Paroles de Squatteurs (Words from Squatters), Le Puzzle des bachelier (the Puzzle of Highschool diploma students), Le Tombeau de Zgougou (the Tomb of Zgougou), Ping Pong Tong et Camping, Bord de mer (Sea Front), Les Cabanes de cinéma faites en pellicules de film (Cinema Huts made of Film Rolls)
Varda in the Collections of : The Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris; MOMA in New York; Paul Valery Museum in Sète; the Bernard Magrez Foundation in Bordeaux; FRAC of Lorraine; CAFA Art Museum of Beijing; the Hubei Art Museum of Wuhan; LACMA at Los Angeles ….
September 2015: Exhibition: Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too) at the Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
November 2015: Varda/Cuba Exhibition at the Pompidou Center
February 2016: Agnes Varda. Patates & Compagnie (Potatoes and Company) at the Ixelles Museum
October 2016: Une barrière ouverte (Open barrier) at the Lumière Gallery, Lyon March 2017: Agnes Varda Exhibition at the Blum and Poe Gallery, New York 2018: Agnes Varda Exhibition at Natalie Obadia Gallery in Paris ; Agnes Varda Variacions ao redor da mar, at Pontevedra, Spain ; Participation in the Liverpool Biennale.
Today, Agnes Varda’s work combines, alternates, and frames “within frames” her vision and her practice of photography, cinema, video, and space.
1981 : Documenteur
1985 : Sans toit ni loi
1987 : Jane B. par Agnès V.
1987 : Kung-fu Master
1991 : Jacquot de Nantes
1995 : Les Cent et Une Nuits de Simon Cinéma