Location: Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street)
Directed by Agnès Varda & JR
2017, France, 89 min
French with English subtitles
Thursday, November 2 / 7 pm
Winner of Best Documentary at the Cannes 2017, Faces Places finds master French filmmaker Agnès Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Gleaners and I) teaming up with semi-anonymous street photographer JR, who serves as the film’s co-director, for a whimsical tour of the French countryside. The plan is to drive from one bucolic village to another, invite the locals to pose in the van that JR has transformed into a mobile photo booth, and paste massive print outs of the resulting portraits onto the environments their subjects call home. But while all of the people they meet are delightful characters, Varda and JR emerge as the real stars here. She is nearly 90; he is 34. She worked with Jean-Luc Godard; he looks like Jean-Luc Godard. Just five minutes in, it becomes clear that these two are a screen duo for the ages.
“JR’s street art combines with Varda’s art of montage (and photography) to create a lively and poignant variation on her legendary cinema.” – Wang Muyan, Film Comment
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