Faces Places (Visages, Villages)
Academy Award Nominee: Documentary Feature
Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries.
When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR’s photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters.
This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences.
""Faces Places" turns out to be a road movie in more than a merely literal sense. It is at once a roving journey into environments we rarely see in cinema and an incomplete but invaluable map of Varda's memories."
"This rich cross-generational exchange speaks to the persistence of French cinematic culture -- Varda's relationship with the pioneering filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is a recurring theme -- while the doc itself is a delight, subtle, touching and entertaining."
""Faces Places" is a lively, fun, stirring tribute to art and its ability to touch people and bring souls together."