Faces Places (Visages Villages)

Dir: Agnès Varda, JR

France

2017

94 mins

12A

The maestro of documentary realism, Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I, The Beaches of Agnès), joins forces with street artist and self-styled photograffeur JR to create this funny, moving and multi-layered film, a contender for Best Documentary at the upcoming Oscars. Together, this odd couple of visual surprises take off to explore the French countryside in JR’s camera van – which not only looks like a giant camera but spits out polaroid-like posters.

Taking photos of the people they meet and pasting their huge images to village walls, the directorial duo challenge passers-by to look again at their familiar surroundings while inviting a conversation on both what art can do, and on the inner workings of the creative process.

After a gap of nine years, Varda is back with her first co-directed film, showing she’s still discovering new ways to work while approaching her tenth decade. The result is a marvellous documentary that cleverly blends still image and film and a living dialogue about what it takes to make a meaningful piece of art.

Read more about the film in ICO programmer Jo Duncombe’s Cannes 2017 blog

 

Booking Information

Telephone:
020 7240 5353

Email:
james.king@curzon.com

Available Formats

DCP

Distributor

Curzon Artificial Eye

Blu-ray / DVD Bookings:
BFI

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