EFA to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Agnès Varda
As a writer and director, Agnès Varda continues to be an important voice in French and European cinema as well as in the world of art. Her first film, “La Pointe Courte” (1954), was hardly shown but already gave a glimpse of her very personal style and earned her the title of “grandmother of the French New Wave”. Her film “Cléo de 5 à 7” (1961) was selected at Cannes Festival and won the French Critics’ Award.
Among her many films are “Lions Love” (1968), “Documenteur” (1981), shot in Los Angeles, “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t” (“L’une chante, l’autre pas”, 1976), “Jacquot de Nantes” (1990) and others. All her films often combine the fictional with the documentary.
She has won virtually every award there is, among them a Silver Bear in Berlin for “Happiness” (“Le Bonheur”, 1965), a Golden Lion in Venice for “Vagabond” (“Sans toit ni loi”, 1985), a European Film Award for “The Gleaners and I” (“Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse”, 2000), and a French César for “The Beaches of Agnès” (“Les Plages d’Agnès”, 2008).
Her work has been honoured with a Carosse d’Or at the Cannes Festival, an honorary César and a Pardo d’onore in Locarno.
Agnès Varda has created more than 30 short, documentary and fiction films for both TV and cinema, and exhibitions of photographs and art installations: “Patatutopia”, created at the Venice Art Biennale 2003, “The Windows of Noirmoutier” in a big exhibition at La Fondation Cartier in Paris (2006), “A Shack of Cinema” shown at LACMA in Los Angeles (2013) and a solo exhibition, “Triptyques Atypiques” at Obadia Gallery in Paris (2014).
Agnès Varda will be an honorary guest at the 27th European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga – streamed live on www.europeanfilmawards.eu.
The European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Riga on the 13th of December, which has encouraged Latvian filmmakers to present Latvian cinema internationally in a most impressive way. During the month of December, the Riga International Film Festival will also include the Latvian National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps 2014”, screenings of the films nominated for the European Film Awards and a retrospective of European films, a programme of Northern European children’s films, a special film programme of the festival “2Annas” and the festival’s events targeted at scriptwriters, as well as an extensive programme of lectures and creative workshops by the world’s leading film industry professionals, organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia. At the end of the year, foreign film professionals will be visiting Riga to meet with Latvian filmmakers and discuss new international joint projects.