Agnes Varda is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her movies, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style. The career of Agnès Varda is an important and often overlooked voice in the modern French cinema. Her career pre-dates the start of the Nouvelle Vague, and La Pointe Courte contains many elements specific to that movement that make it famous. Varda was born Arlette Varda in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of Christiane and Eugene Jean Varda, an engineer. Her mother was French and her father's family were Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Varda studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre before getting a job as the official photographer for the Théâtre National Populaire in Paris. The group was strongly tied to the nouveau roman movement in literature and politically was positioned to the Left. Like the French New Wave, its members would often collaborate with each other. Varda was one of the five persons to attend Jim Morrison's burial in Paris at the Père Lachaise Cemetery. She was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and a member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1983.