French director Agnès Varda who has been described as the “grandmother of the New Wave,” will become the first woman to receive an honorary Palme d’Or during the Cannes Film Festival’s closing ceremony on 24 May.
The organisers say that the award is for “film-makers with a global impact who have never won the main Cannes prize.”
Varda, who turns 86 at the end of May, joins such previous recipients as Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci. Her father was Greek and mother French and she was born in Brussels on 30 May, 1928. She and her family fled to France from the occupying Germans and she grew up in the Midi. She began her career as a photographer for Jean Vilar’s Avignon Festival. Her debut film in 1954, La Pointe Courte, edited by Alain Resnais, is regarded as