Agnès Varda gave a press conference in the Kursaal yesterday shortly before receiving the first of this year’s Donostia awards. She said that she was delighted to be honoured with the award – “It’s a gift that I accept with pleasure and modesty”, but surprised at the same time as her films are far from the commercial mainstream.
Although she has been often characterised as a feminist filmmaker, she said that what she had really fought to achieve was to make films in the hope that other women would follow her into all branches of cinema, not just directing, so she was delighted that so many women are now working in the industry.
She’s worked in all genres of film but what she particularly likes about documentaries is that they allow her to be an intermediary between her characters and the audience. She stressed that rather than characters, they are real people who are often powerless.