Agnès Varda coined the term “Cine-writing” (cinécriture) to describe her unique method of filmmaking, “Film is not illustrating a screenplay, not adapting a novel… for something that comes from emotion, sound emotion, feeling, and finding a shape for that, and a shape which has to do with cinema and nothing else.” Then she demonstrates how to disrupt the rules of the game by never staying within the confines of a single genre, and format.
Known as the “Grandmother of the French New Wave”, Agnès Varda was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1928. Her father was Greek and her mother was French. Varda studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre before getting a job as the official photographer for the Théâtre National Populaire in Paris. She had no experience behind the camera when she began directing her first film “La Pointe Courte” in 1954, and since then, she continues to create.

Social commentary can often be found in Varda’s work, and she loves to depict people who have chosen to live the margins or have been rejected there. Blending fiction and documentary, Varda has created a remarkable body of films that insightfully dance between the traditional categories of fiction and non-fiction, cinema and photography. It is always intriguing to watch how Varda watching the world, and see the beauty and hope that lies beneath the rough.