French New Wave director Agnes Varda dies aged 90

March 29, 2019 - 6:53 am

PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Agnes Varda, a central figure of the French New Wave who later won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, has died. She was 90.

Her production company Cine Tamaris confirmed her death on Friday after French media first reported the news.

Varda's rich filmography includes movies such as "Cleo de 5 a 7," ''Sans toit ni loi" ("Vagabond") — for which she won the Golden Lion in 1985, "Jacquot de Nantes" and "Les glaneurs et la glaneuse" ("The Gleaners and I").

Varda was a fixture for years at the Cannes Film Festival, where she presented more than a dozen films from 1958 to 2018. She took part in two Cannes juries and the festival gave her an honorary Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, in 2015 for her life's work.

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