Fri 08 July 2022
|7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Director: Agnès Varda, J.R. (France, 2017)
Certification: 12 | 1 h 30 min | Documentary, Art | Language: French with English subtitles
Faces Places (Visages Villages)
Faces Places marked for Agnès Varda a long-awaited return to filmmaking near the celebration of her 90th birthday. Varda forged for this film an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embarked on a road trip like no other in one of her last works as a filmmaker.
The two artists share a passion for images and how they’re created, displayed and shared; Varda through cinema, JR through his emotionally arresting outdoor installations. Inspired by this connection, they set out in JR’s photo booth-enhanced truck, exploring the villages and small towns of rural France and meeting its humble residents – all the while creating large-scale portraits plastered across unconventional locations. What follows is a heart-warming insight into unnamed communities, documented here in Varda’s typically playful and tender manner.
A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee, Faces Places is a deeply charming and life-affirming look at not only the subtle power of community, but the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.
★★★★★ “A movie about itself: The subjects are so warm and wonderful it’s a wise move” – The Guardian
+ Short film: Smile
Director: Harriet Mckern, Remi Varga (Australia, 2018)
Certification: U |9 min | Documentary, Art | Language: English
A heart-warming exploration of a community art project by photographer Tawfik Elgazzar providing free portraits for the locals and passers-by in Sydney’s inner west. “Smile’ explores the nature of individuality, cultural diversity, and the positive joy for the photographer of seeing his subjects smile.
This short film has been around international film festivals including among others, Palm Springs International ShortFest and Melbourne Documentary Film Festival in 2019. In the UK, participated at the Portobello Film Festival, London, and in June 2022 won the People’s Choice Award at the first Small Town Film Festival, which took place at Spacecraft, Westbury.
With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.
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