Agnes Varda (1928 – 2019)

French filmmaker, writer, and photographer, Agnès Varda, died at the age of 90. Photograph by Julia Fabry/Cine Tamaris for Variety. Image found here.


In March of 2019, the world lost an incredible talent in writer, director, and photographer, Agnès Varda. She made a name for herself as one of the pioneers of the French New Wave cinematic movement, and as one of the most notable women in French filmmaking. Her groundbreaking work highlighted the most human moments of life, whether it’s waiting for the results from a medical exam in Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962), or composing a double life around an extramarital affair in Le Bonheur (1965). Her beginnings as a photographer shone in all of the unique stories she told through the lens of a video camera, and each one was made with women in mind. That spark of feminism was never lost, even as she transitioned between the realms of fiction and non-fiction, and sometimes straddled the line.


Agnès Varda had a long and varied career in the film industry. Listed below are just some of her many accomplishments.


  • Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962)
  • Le Bonheur (1965)
  • Lions Love (…and Lies) (1969)
  • Vagabonds (1985)
  • Faces Places (Documentary, 2017)


  • Silver Berlin Bear Award (1965)
  • Honorary Palme d’Or Award at Cannes (2015)
  • Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature (2017)

For a more complete list of all of Varda’s credits, visit her IMDb page here.

For an article about her life and work found in The New York Times, click here.

Or check out our review of her film, Le Bonheur, here.

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