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During the 33rd International Film Festival in Ghent, the French film director Agnès Varda, who was born in Brussels, will be presented with the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award.
The festival will be screening a retrospective of her most important works as a tribute. In the fifties and sixties Varda was the leading lady of the French Nouvelle vague movement. For her last film, Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (2004) she joined the people who search for anything edible in the waste left after a market. Varda also makes video installations, two of which are being shown at S.M.A.K.. The main focus is on Les Veuves de Noirmoutier. Fourteen widows can each be seen on a separate monitor set up around a projection of a film in which these black-clad women meet on the beach. The visitor can sit down on one of the fourteen chairs and put on the headphones; each set of headphones is connected to one of the monitors and tells the story of one of the widows. As in many of her films, Varda here connects the personal with the collective.
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