"At once a youthful cine-collage and a road movie mapped out like origami folding out in all directions and then back in on itself in search of something new and old at once, Faces, Places is a masterwork of sublime simplicity."

Jordan M. Smith - Nonfics

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/faces, places

France 2017 G 89 mins
directors: JR, Agnès Varda

This film will begin at 6.55pm in Cinema 1 and at 7.05pm in Cinema 2.

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/star box score 3.8

Winner Golden Eye, JR & Agnès Varda - Cannes

1 vote - 7
2 votes - 16
3 votes - 119
4 votes - 72
5 votes - 72

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All characters in this film play themselves

/crew

Directors/Writers - JR, Agnès Varda

Producer - Rosalie Varda

Co-producers - Charles S. Cohen, Etienne Comar, Nochole Fu, Julie Gayet, Olivier Père, Nadia Turincev

Cinematography - Roberto De Angeles, Claire Duguet, Julia Fabry, Nicolas Guicheteau, Romain le Bonnier, Raphaël Minnesota, Valentin Vignet

Film editing - Maxime Pozzi-Garcia, Agnès Varda

Production management - Celcilia Rose, Sophie Vermersch

/let's talk about this film

/JR  (Jean René)

director

born 1983 Paris

"Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy"

Although he remains anonymous JR has said that he grew up in a quiet suburb of Paris where middle and working class people mixed freely together. His parents were immigrants.  As a teenager he was a graffiti artist but one day found a camera and began taking pictures which he then photocopied and pasted on the walls.  Over time this basic instinct to photograph people has progressed to his giant portraits posted on the walls of towns.  He has also been involved in several major street art and installations involving landmarks such as the glass pyramid at the Louvre and Times Square.  In 2011 he won the TED prize for his work.  He has also directed other films.  Faces Places was a collaboration suggested by him.

 

"He leaves a space for an encounter between a subject/protagonist and a passerby/interpreter, and this is the essence of his work"

Agnès Varda is now widely considered to be the founder of the New Wave Cinema in France, as it was her first film La Pointe Courte (1955) that inspired a new way of making film:  “Its interplay between conscience, emotion and the real world make it a direct antecedent of Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour.” (Ronald Bergan - The Guardian).  Hiroshima Mon Amour is the film that most consider to be the beginning of the New Wave, but in recent years opinion has changed and the credit has gone to Agnès Varda.  Her recent death at the age of 90 is a great loss to cinema - for even at this great age she was making magical films.

 

“She was an endlessly curious filmmaker whose interest in the margins of society and female subjectivity, together with her vocational background in photography, resulted in a playful and fiercely political body of work.”  (Ronald Bergan - The Guardian)

 

Born Arlette Vada, daughter of an enginner, in Brussels in 1928, she changed her name to Agnès at the age of eighteen. She studied literature and psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris, art history at the École du Louvre, and photography at night school. She then worked as a stage photographer for Jean Vilar’s Avignon festival and his Théâtre National Populaire in Paris.  She continued to take photographs throughout her life, embracing new technology as it came along, and having her work shown in many major exhibitions.  In 1962 she married Jacques Demy, a partnership that was to last until his death in 1990.  Three of her films were dedicated to him.

 

She has called her style of filmmaking - cinecriture - a play on the French word for writing.  She has worked in all genres, and produced great films, and not so great films along the way - her ‘real’ career beginning with Cléo from 5 to 7 until her last - Faces, Places, which we are about to see.  Tributes poured in.  She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

/Agnès Varda

director

born 1928 Brussels, died March 2019 Paris

 

“If we opened people up we’d find landscapes.”  

"I had a world. I don’t think I had a career. I made films.”  "In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.” 

Filmography

There are so many films to mention.  For the complete list go to IMDB

Here are just a select few

La Pointe Courte - 1955

Cléo from 5-7 - 1962

Le Bonheur - 1965

Les Créatures - 1966

Daguerréotypes  (Documentary) - 1976

L'Une Chante l'Autre Pas - 1977

Mur Murs (Documentary) - 1981

Jacquot de Nantes - 1991

The Gleaners and I (Documentary) - 2000

Cinévardaphoto (Documentary) - 2004

The Beaches of Agnès (Documentary) - 2008

Faces Places - 2017