Revolutionary French film director Agnes Varda has passed away. Varda was a pioneer during the 1950 and 1960s, and she continued to make films for decades after.
Her family confirmed that the filmmaker had passed away at the age of 90. According to a statement from her film company, Varda "died from a cancer at her home in the night of March 29, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends."
As a director, Varda was known for using her photographer's eye to capture striking images. She was also a master photographer.
"Varda released her first film, La Pointe Courte, in 1955, on a shoestring budget and with no formal training. She even claimed not to have seen very many films before writing and directing what is now seen as a classic of cinema," wrote NPR in their obituary for Varda.
Varda was only in her 20s when she made her first film. She saw that the medium needed to change, and she moved forward boldly.
"Literature had changed, painting had changed, culture. And from what I knew, the movie had been just illustrating stories, illustrating books," Varda said in 2015. "I could see that the feeling was just to illustrate, when I thought, 'It should be radical.' "
In 2017, Varda was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. That followed her Palme d'honneur, a lifetime award from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Varda's well-respected films range over decades. She co-directed her final film in 2017.
Please pray for her family as they mourn this remarkable woman.