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Faces Places

Faces Places, "Visages, villages"

Synopsis

Director

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road in a van with superstar French photographer JR, 55 years her junior, in search of the people and their villages—the faces and the places—that define rural France and make it what it is. Varda, who is short and plump and given to matronly outfits, and JR, who is long and lean and never without his trademark fedora and sunglasses, make for the definitive big screen odd couple, yet the warmth they share is both genuine and infectious—and often very funny. As the two artists travel the countryside, inviting villagers to pose for JRs camera—the massive prints he produces in the back of the van are then affixed to various buildings—a poignant note is injected when we learn that Varda is losing her sight, which is perhaps one reason for her insatiable curiosity and her desire to capture each passing moment. This is one road movie that really does celebrate the transformative power of art, and our two wise and witty tour guides make for unforgettable hosts.

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road in a van with superstar French photographer JR, 55 years her junior, in search of the people and their villages – the faces and the places – that define rural France and make it what it is. Varda, who is short and plump and given to matronly outfits, and JR, who is long and lean and never without his trademark fedora and sunglasses, make for the definitive big screen odd couple, yet the warmth they share is both genuine and infectious – and often very funny. As the two artists travel the countryside, inviting villagers to pose for JRs camera – the massive prints he produces in the back of the van are then affixed to various buildings – a poignant note is injected when we learn that Varda is losing her sight, which is perhaps one reason for her insatiable curiosity and her desire to capture each passing moment. This is one road movie that really does celebrate the transformative power of art, and our two wise and witty tour guides make for unforgettable hosts.
„If „Faces Places“ is Agnès Varda’s last film, it’s a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell… Funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful… Varda has always possessed a warm and compulsively watchable screen presence, and the pint-sized iconoclast… still has more pep in her step than most of us have ever had… JR is an absolute joy (and a mensch, to boot)… he taps into his co-star’s inherent sense of wonder and creates a canvas big enough for her to fit all of the ideas that she’s still dying to project.“ – David Ehrlich, IndieWire


Agnès Varda, JR

Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Brussels) studied art history and photography at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts. Varda is a significant figure in modern French cinema. Her career pre-dates the start of the Nouvelle vague (French New Wave), and „La Pointe Courte“ (1955) contains many elements specific to that movement. Her classic films like „Cléo from 5 to 7“ (1962), „Le Bonheur“ (1965), „One Sings, the Other Doesn’t“ (1977) „Vagabond“ (1985), also photographs and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style. „Faces Places“ is Varda’s 22th full-length feature.
JR (b. 1983) is a photographer known for his „illegal exhibitions“ – large-scale photographs posted on walls and facades in public spaces – as well as for the shorts „Women Are Heroes“ (2010) and „Les Bosquets“ (2014). „Faces Places“ is his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • valik/selected: La Pointe-Courte (1955)
  • Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)
  • Le bonheur (1965)
  • Les créatures (1966)
  • Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985)
  • Le petit amour (1988)
  • Jacquot de Nantes (1991)
  • Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners & I, 2000, doc)
  • Les plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès, 2008, doc)
  • Visages
  • villages (Faces Places, 2017
  • doc
  • , co-dir)

Schedule

25.11.2017
17:45 - 19:14
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 091901
Sold out
01.12.2017
17:15 - 18:44
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 151701
Sold out
02.12.2017
17:15 - 18:44
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 160302
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Doc@PÖFF

Film info

Country: France
Year: 2017
Duration: 89 minutes
Language: French
Directors: Agnès Varda, JR
Producers: Emile Abinal, Charles S. Cohen, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev, Nichole Fu, Etienne Comar
DOPs: Claire Duguet, Nicolas Guicheteau,Valentin Vignet, Romain Le Bonniec, Raphael Minnesota, Roberto De Angelis, Julia Fabry
Montage: Agnès Varda, Maxime Pozzi Garcia
Composer: Matthieu Chedid
Production: Ciné Tamaris / Social Animals / Rouge International / Arte France Cinéma / Arches films
Distributor: A-One Films Estonia
Festivals: Cannes (Golden Eye), Toronto (People's Choice Award), Vancouver, New York, London

Synopsis

Director

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road in a van with superstar French photographer JR, 55 years her junior, in search of the people and their villages—the faces and the places—that define rural France and make it what it is. Varda, who is short and plump and given to matronly outfits, and JR, who is long and lean and never without his trademark fedora and sunglasses, make for the definitive big screen odd couple, yet the warmth they share is both genuine and infectious—and often very funny. As the two artists travel the countryside, inviting villagers to pose for JRs camera—the massive prints he produces in the back of the van are then affixed to various buildings—a poignant note is injected when we learn that Varda is losing her sight, which is perhaps one reason for her insatiable curiosity and her desire to capture each passing moment. This is one road movie that really does celebrate the transformative power of art, and our two wise and witty tour guides make for unforgettable hosts.

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road in a van with superstar French photographer JR, 55 years her junior, in search of the people and their villages – the faces and the places – that define rural France and make it what it is. Varda, who is short and plump and given to matronly outfits, and JR, who is long and lean and never without his trademark fedora and sunglasses, make for the definitive big screen odd couple, yet the warmth they share is both genuine and infectious – and often very funny. As the two artists travel the countryside, inviting villagers to pose for JRs camera – the massive prints he produces in the back of the van are then affixed to various buildings – a poignant note is injected when we learn that Varda is losing her sight, which is perhaps one reason for her insatiable curiosity and her desire to capture each passing moment. This is one road movie that really does celebrate the transformative power of art, and our two wise and witty tour guides make for unforgettable hosts.
„If „Faces Places“ is Agnès Varda’s last film, it’s a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell… Funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful… Varda has always possessed a warm and compulsively watchable screen presence, and the pint-sized iconoclast… still has more pep in her step than most of us have ever had… JR is an absolute joy (and a mensch, to boot)… he taps into his co-star’s inherent sense of wonder and creates a canvas big enough for her to fit all of the ideas that she’s still dying to project.“ – David Ehrlich, IndieWire


Agnès Varda, JR

Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Brussels) studied art history and photography at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts. Varda is a significant figure in modern French cinema. Her career pre-dates the start of the Nouvelle vague (French New Wave), and „La Pointe Courte“ (1955) contains many elements specific to that movement. Her classic films like „Cléo from 5 to 7“ (1962), „Le Bonheur“ (1965), „One Sings, the Other Doesn’t“ (1977) „Vagabond“ (1985), also photographs and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style. „Faces Places“ is Varda’s 22th full-length feature.
JR (b. 1983) is a photographer known for his „illegal exhibitions“ – large-scale photographs posted on walls and facades in public spaces – as well as for the shorts „Women Are Heroes“ (2010) and „Les Bosquets“ (2014). „Faces Places“ is his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • valik/selected: La Pointe-Courte (1955)
  • Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)
  • Le bonheur (1965)
  • Les créatures (1966)
  • Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985)
  • Le petit amour (1988)
  • Jacquot de Nantes (1991)
  • Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners & I, 2000, doc)
  • Les plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès, 2008, doc)
  • Visages
  • villages (Faces Places, 2017
  • doc
  • , co-dir)