Agnès Varda’s first female director to honorary Oscar to receive

The Brussels-born French director Agnès Varda (89), and the Canadian actor Donald Sutherland (82) on november 11, honored with an Oscar for their career. Varda is the first female filmmaker to get an honorary Oscar.

Agnes Varda © REUTERS

On 11 november, in Los Angeles the Governors Awards granted. Varda, the only female filmmaker of the Nouvelle Vague (who made an end to the “cinéma à papa”), since respectively 2001 and 2015 is already the owner of a honorary César, and an honorary Palm. She is sometimes called the “Mother of the Nouvelle Vague.”

Varda is known for her engaging and often feminist films, both in its political documentaries and in films with “ordinary people” in the lead role. Known her work is, among others, Cléo de 5 à 7 and Le Bonheur. She is the widow of the famous film director Jacques Demy, known for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.

Varda is the first woman that an honorary Oscar should receive. The first and so far only female director Oscar was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

Sutherland, whose footprint both in Hollywood and in Canada in the Walk of Fame is adorned, is known from movies like The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Il Casanova di Fellini, Novecento, Don’t Look Now and, recently, The Hunger Games.

The two other laureates are a screenwriter and independent filmmaker Charles Burnett and cinematographer Owen Roizman (the French Connection, The exorcist). (Belga/LP)

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