Brush up on your Varda! The “Cléo from 5 to 7” director will receive the European Film Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th European Film Awards on December 13 in Riga, Latvia.
Known for her strongly voiced feminist filmmaking, genre-bending cinematic whimsy and, of course, her colorful choice in apparel, Varda has won a Carosse d’Or at Cannes, an honorary French Cesar award, a Golden Lion in Venice, Berlin’s Silver Bear and a Pardo d’onore in Locarno, among many other prizes. She has directed narrative and documentary films. Her 1954 debut “La Pointe-Courte” precipitated a female perspective on the French New Wave. Stream the black-and-white film on Hulu now.
Varda broke onto the scene again several years later with 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” starring the blonde and marvelous Corinne Marchand as a woman running out of time. The film remains a forebear of many visually minded filmmakers including Wes Anderson. Catch that must-see on Hulu also. Watch clips below.
Her 2009 cine-memoir “The Beaches of Agnes” is now streaming on Fandor, as is her celebrated 2000 doc “The Gleaners and I,” among many other of her lesser-known short films and early cinema-essays like “Daguerrotypes” from 1976. Streaming on Netflix and Fandor is Varda’s documentary miniseries “Agnes Varda From Here to There,” which originally aired on French television. This sprawling film chronicles Varda’s travels around the world, and her encounters with Marker, Manoel de Oliveira and Alexander Sokurov, among other celebrated international filmmakers and artists, across five 45-minute episodes.