March 29, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 9 months ago

Agnes Varda, the grande dame of French cinema, dies aged 90

PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) - Belgian-born film director Agnes Varda died at her home in Paris aged 90 on Friday, her film production company Cine-Tamaris said.

Varda was a towering figure of French New Wave cinema of the 1950s and 1960s and a contemporary of directors such as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Varda won an honorary Oscar in 2017 for her career that included the feminist classic “Cleo from 5 to 7” and “The Gleaners and I”.

Her latest film, “Varda by Agnès”, was presented in February at the Berlin Film Festival and received the honorary Berlinale Camera award. (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, additional reporting Julie Carriat; editing by Richard Lough)

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