Beloved and iconic Belgian-born filmmaker Agnes Varda has died at the age of 90. Her family told the AFP she died at her home on Thursday as a result of complications from cancer. At the time, she was surrounded by her family and friends.
Varda was a key figure in the French New Wave in the 1960s with films like “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Le Bonheur,” “Vagabond” and “La Pointe-Courte”. She was a noted photographer, screenplay writer, actress and visual artist.
She became the first female director to receive a rare honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and to be awarded an honorary Oscar in 2017, and was the oldest ever nominee for a competitive Oscar last year for her celebrated documentary “Faces Places”.
She famously was unable to attend the annual Oscar nominee lunch so sent several life-size cardboard cut-outs of herself to substitute.
Her final film, the autobiographical documentary “Varda by Agnes,” premiered at Berlinale last month.