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

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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.

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