Belgian-born Varda has been called the mother of the French New Wave.  Her first feature, LA POINTE COURTE (1956) – which she wrote and directed with no formal training – is considered to be the film that inspired the movement.  Varda has experimented with all forms of filmmaking from shorts to documentaries to narrative feature films during her more than 60-year career, including such works as the New Wave classic CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, LE BONHEUR, VAGABOND,  her autobiographical documentary THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS and her most recent work, FACES PLACES.