BIFF17 Faces Places

20th August, 2017 (ALL )
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  • Director J R, Agnès Varda
  • Duration 90 min
  • Rating ALL
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Genre Documentary, Film Festival
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Synopsis

Master filmmaker Agnés Varda, 89, joins creative and intellectual forces with renowned street artist JR, 34, to explore the nooks and crannies of rural France in JR’s van that doubles as a huge photo-booth.

As they travel through the backroads of France’s beautiful countryside they spend time with miners, farmers, dock workers, itinerants and residents talking and joking. Between themselves though they plot like two naughty school children how to create lasting artworks of their impressions.

Marrying JR’s international reputation as large scale poster artist and Varda’s ability to capture beautiful portraiture and simple observations they produce some spectacular artworks which they affix to barns, walls, WWII blockhouses and all manner of public spaces for sensational effect.

What has the most impact however are the reactions of the individuals whose sometimes forgotten lives and faces are magnified 100 times and on view for a public celebration of community. It’s a very lovely thing to behold and within it all there’s the added layer of Agnés’ ageing and her own bittersweet reflections that hit with surprise and honesty.

Awards

Winner: Golden Eye Documentary Prize, 70th Cannes Film Festival, 2017

Reviews

  • “a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell” – IndieWire

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