Faces Places

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Faces Places
Agnès Varda, JR
Agnès Varda, JR

89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a radical passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing enormous portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains, documenting the way of life currently fading away in provincial France.

“Despite its unassuming, conversational ethos — which is also to say by means of Ms. Varda’s staunchly democratic understanding of her job as a filmmaker — Faces Places reveals itself as a powerful, complex and radical work. Ms. Varda’s modesty is evidence of her mastery, just as her playful demeanor is the expression of a serious and demanding aesthetic commitment. Almost by stealth, but also with cheerful forthrightness, she communicates a rich and challenging array of feelings and ideas. As we contemplate those faces and places we are invited to reflect on the passage of time and the nature of memory, on the mutability of friendship and the durability of art, on the dignity of labor and the fate of the European working class.” (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

Awarded Best Documentary of 2017 by both the NY and LA Film Critics Associations and shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar.

Cosponsored with ILR.

website: cohenmedia.net/films/faces-places

Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 29 minutes
release year/country
2017 France