Artsy – Though known as the “grandmother of the French New Wave,” for decades 88-year-old Agnès Varda felt she wasn’t allowed to be an artist. Looking back, the filmmaker realizes it was something she had always desired: she had studied art history at the École du Louvre and photography at the École des Beaux-Arts, was friends with artists, and had been following the work of many others since the age of 18. But in France, especially, she was pigeonholed. “They put me in the drawer as a filmmaker,” she said. “And it’s not that they don’t like me. As a filmmaker, they love me. But in France, it’s taken 10 years for them to consider giving me the right to do something different.”  – read more 

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