Agnes Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium, to a Greek father and a French mother, and grew up in France. She went on to become one of the most significant filmmakers of France's New Wave movement, which included such names as Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Alain Resnais.
She won the Golden Lion award of Venice in 1985 for her film "Vagabond" ("Sans toit ni loi") as the first female filmmaker to win the prize. She was also given an honorary Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, by the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for her life's work — also as the first woman to win the award.
Varda also worked as a visual artist.
Among her best-known feature films are "The Young Girls turn 25" ("Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans"), "The Gleaners and I" ("Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse" and "Cleo from 5 to 7" ("Cleo de 5 a 7").