A leading French film director who has been called the mother of the French New Wave has died. CNN reports that Agnes Varda died at her home Thursday night of complications from cancer. She was 90.
Varda became well known in the 1960s, directing celebrated films including “Cléo from 5 to 7,” “Happiness” and “The Creatures.”
“In a career spanning six decades, she made 24 feature films and worked right until her death, premiering her latest autobiographical documentary, ‘Varda by Agnès,’ at the Berlin International Film Festival in February,” CNN reports.
She was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2017.
“Her 1985 film ‘Vagabond,’ for which she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, recounts the story of a young homeless woman as she wanders through the French countryside,” CNN reports. “Her 2000 documentary ‘The Gleaners and I’ documented the plight of gleaners as they comb fields for leftover food following harvests and through urban junk. The film was voted the eighth best documentary film of all time in a 2014 Guardian poll, and 99th best film of the 21st century by the BBC.”