Agnes Varda is the winner of Palme d’Or at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Agnès Varda, also known as the “grandmother of the French new wave,” is the first woman to receive an honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival. Varda, who has had no formal training, coined the term “cinécriture” to describe her composition filming style. Combined, she has made over forty short films, documentaries, and feature films, so far winning a total of forty-three awards.
In her recent years, Varda has focused her energy on exhibitions that combine her love for photography, film, and media installation. Her pieces focus primarily on realism, feminist issues, and social commentary. Finding permanent homes at MOMA and LACMA, which she says, “makes her very happy.”
In honor of this legendary filmmaker’s achievement, here are ten inspirational quotes by the famous French director.
“My films express me. My art expresses me.”
“I’m not tall, I’m not blonde, I’ve never had a concert. You have to invent life.”
“Freedom, and also a feeling of reality. I was free always. I could work without the money, to film this and that.”
“You have to be strong to be a carpenter, maybe, but the director of a film doesn’t need to have muscles. This is why I didn’t know why I couldn’t do it.”
“I was stupid and naive. Maybe I wouldn’t have made films if I had seen lots of others; maybe it would have stopped me. I started totally free and crazy and innocent.”
“When I did Cléo, I thought, I have to work with time. We feel time differently when we are suffering or are in pain or we are waiting for something.”
“When you allow yourself to play with images, there is no reason to limit yourself in that play. Images are connected with other images, in the sense that they function as collages expressing variations, contrasts, or merely associations of thoughts.”
“As I walk backward on the Santa Monica pier I say, memories are like flies swarming around me and I’m not sure I want to remember.”
“Do you know that my grandchildren call me ‘Mamita Punk’? It’s like the name of a stripper! I love it. I’m glad I’m still in the mood for enjoying jokes and punk behavior”
“I try to keep a certain level of quality of my films. I don’t do commercials, I don’t do films pre-prepared by other people, I don’t do star system. So I do my own little thing.”
Agnes Varda has created a body of work that includes some of the most interesting female protagonists in 20th-century cinema. Dancing on the line between fiction and documentary, she has created a uniquely personal cinematic legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.