Cannes Film Festival 2015: Director Agnes Varda to Receive Palme d’Or
According to New York Times, French film director Agnes Varda will receive an honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious event opens on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. She will be the first female to receive such prestigious award. Read on for more details.
The Palme d’Or is provided for global impact being made by the art of work. Before Varda, only three such awards have been given by the Cannes film festival. Veteran director, Woody Allen, 79, was the first one to receive the award in the year 2002. After him, the award was given to extraordinary actor, Clint Eastwood, 84, in 2009 and to Italian film director and writer, Bernardo Bertolucci, 74, in 2011.Varda, 86, will be honoured with the award during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Cannes film festival. The festival starts on 13th May and the 12-day festival’s closing ceremony will be on 24th of May. The award will be presented by the jury, Joel and Ethan Coen on 24th May, 2015.
Varda, 86, will be honoured with the award during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Cannes film festival. The festival starts on May 13, 2015 and the 12-day festival’s closing ceremony will be on May 24, 2015. The award will be presented by the jury, Joel and Ethan Coen on the same day.
Varda, who is a photographer, screenplay writer, actress, director and visual artist, has reached to the millions through her work and yet never received Palme d’Or. Her remarkable work includes, “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Happiness,” “Far from Vietnam,” “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t,” “Vagabond,” “Kung-Fu Master!,” “The Gleaners and I” and autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes.”
“The Beaches of Agnes” was Varda’s last film and marked her 80th birthday. The autobiographical essays were of Agnes remembering her past.
Most of Varda’s works is based on realism, feminist issues and social commentary. She has done remarkable work for French New Wave, alongside filmmakers like Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol.
When asked about the prestigious award and being the only female and fourth one to receive it, Varda humorously replied to the festival team saying, “And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs!”
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