Agnès Varda (Bruxelles, 1928) spent her early childhood in Belgium. In 1940, fleeing the war, her family moved to the south of France. She moved to Paris in 1951 and never left, except for two lengthy stays in Los Angeles. Varda was married to filmmaker Jacques Demy, who died in 1990. In the late 1940s and early 50s she was a photographer for the Avignon Festival and the Théâtre National Populaire. She was also a photojournalist in China, Cuba, Portugal and Germany, and did portrait photography as well. In 1954, five years before the French New Wave, Agnès Varda set up a production company called Ciné-Tamaris which produced her first feature film, La Pointe courte, which would earn her the soubriquet of the ‘Grandmother of the Nouvelle Vague'. Among the 36 films written and directed by Varda, the best-known are Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961), Vagabond (1985),Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Gleaners and I (2000), The Beaches of Agnès (2008),Agnès de-ci de-là Varda (2011, a TV series about her travels and encounters with artists). Varda has received numerous awards, including the Silver Bear at the Berlinale forHappiness, and this year an honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes. In 2003, she also launched a career as a visual artist, exhibiting installations, videos and photos at the Venice Biennale. In November 2015, the show "Varda / Cuba" is set to open at Paris' Centre Pompidou.