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Faces Places

JR, Agnès Varda
Visages villages
France 2017 / 94’
Closeness Foxtrot

The famous French film director Agnès Varda and well-known French photographer, street artist and graffiti artist known only by the initials JR. She's 90 years old, he's 34. She worked with Godard, he creates giant murals in various places around the world. They share their love of imagery and, in particular, they love to question the way in which images are shown. Varda chose cinema, JR open-air photo galleries. They met in 2015 and decided to make a film in France, far from any big cities. They took a trip in an old converted van with a photo booth in the middle, as well as equipment to develop and print large-format photos. This is how their documentary road movie came to be: a portrait of slowly dying French villages that, as a result of technological development, have become profoundly provincial. In France today, coal is no longer needed, but people still live near mines. Varda and JR visit small communities, villages and farms from Aubin to Bonnieux and Pirou-Plage, discovering that everyone has a unique but equally interesting story to tell.

Against Gravity

JR

JR is called a photographer: he places large black-and-white photographic images in public places. He claims that the street is the largest art gallery in the world. JR's works combine art with action and concern engagement, freedom, identity and limitations. As a director, JR's credits include Faces Places (2017), Ellis(2015) and Women Are Heroes (2010).

Filmography

2010 Siła kobiet

2015 Les bosquets 

2015 Ellis

2015 Walking New York

2017 Twarze, plaże / Visages villages / Faces, Places

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is a French film director who was part of the French New Wave. She was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2017 and an honorary Cesar in 2001. She received a Golden Lion for Vagabond (1985) at the Venice Festival. In recent years, she has abandoned features, instead making documentary essays that are poetic in form and universal in meaning.

Selected filmography

1956 La Pointe Courte

1961 Cléo od 5 do 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7 / Cléo from 5 to 7

1965 Szczęście / Le bonheur / The Happiness

1977 Jedna śpiewa, druga nie / L'une chante, l'autre pas / One Sings, the Other Doesn't

1985 Bez dachu i praw / Sans toit ni loi / The Vagabond

1987 Kung-Fu Master!

1987 Jane B. według Agnès V. / Jane B. par Agnès V. / Jane B. by Agnès V.

2000 Zbieracze i zbieraczka / Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners & I (dok.)

2008 Plaże Agnès / Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (dok.)

Cast & Crew

director JR, Agnès Varda
screenplay JR, Agnès Varda
producer Rosalie Varda
production Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language French
colouration colour