Agnès Varda, the influential film director of the French New Wave who received an Oscar Award and an Academy Award documentary nomination, has died at the age of 90.
Her death was confirmed by her family who told The Hollywood Reporter that Varda passed away at her home in Paris surrounded by family and friends.
As for the cause of death, the family said that the filmmaker died following a short battle with cancer.
Varda’s popular filmography includes movies like Cleo de 5 a 7, Vagabond (for which she won the Golden Lion in 1985), Jacquot de Nantes and The Gleaners and I.
Varda was a fixture for years at the Cannes Film Festival, where she presented dozens of films from 1958 to 2018.
Vard took part in two Cannes juries who gave her an honorary Palme d’Or in 2015 for her work and she was the first woman to receive such an honor. She regularly sought more recognition for women in the industry.
At the Cannes festival of 2018, Varda joined jury president Cate Blanchett for a bilingual speech about sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Funeral and memorial services for the late director will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Agnes Varda.
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