Faces, places


Visages, Villages
reż|dir Agnès Varda, JR | FR | 2017 | 89 min
prod|pro Rosalie Varda scen|wr Agnès Varda, JR dj|ph Roberto De Angelis, Claire Duguet, Julia Fabry, Nicolas Guicheteau, Romain Le Bonniec, Raphaël Minnesota, Valentin Vignet muz|mus Matthieu Chedid mon|ed Maxime Pozzi-Garcia, Agnès Varda ob|cast Jean-Paul Beaujon, Amaury Bossy, Yves Boulen dys|dis Against Gravity


Agnès Varda, whose unique cinematic vision since the 1950s has earned her a loyal following of enthusiastic cinephiles around the world, and the iconic photographer/muralist JR, boasting over a million followers on Instagram, have more in common than one might imagine. Both share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Agnès chose to explore her passion through cinema and documentary, JR through his emotionally arresting open-air photo installations. When JR, a long-time fan, went to meet Agnès at her home on Rue Daguerre, they both knew immediately they wanted to work together. “Visages Villages” (“Faces Places”) documents their heartwarming journey through rural France and the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

2018 Academy Awards (Oscar) – nomination for Best Documentary Feature
2018 César Awards – Nomination for Best Documentary Film, Nomination for Best Original Music (Matthieu Chedid)
2018 Lumière Awards –Best Film
2017 Cannes IFF – Oeil d’Or
2017 Haifa IFF – Best Film Golden Anchor
2017 Toronto IFF – Best Documentary
2017 Vancouver IFF – Most Popular International Documentary Film
2017 Melbourne IFF – Nomination for Best Documentary People's Choice Award

Agnès Varda (1928) she studied in Paris at the École du Louvre and took evening classes in photography at the École de Vaugirard. Varda became a photographer for Jean Vilar when he founded the Avignon theater festival in 1948, then for the Théâtre National Populaire at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. She held her first personal exhibition in 1954 in the courtyard of her home. That same year, Varda made the move to cinema without any formal training. She founded Ciné-Tamaris (a cooperative) to produce and direct her first feature, La Pointe Courte, which has earned her the title "Grandmother of the French New Wave." She has since directed short films and features, both fiction and documentaries. In 2003, she began her third career as a visual artist at the Venice Biennale. Varda has received numerous awards, including the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for “Happiness”, and an honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2015.

JR (1983) is a French director, screenwriter, photographer and artist. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. Since he remains anonymous and doesn't explain his huge portraits, JR leaves room for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passerby/interpreter. This is the essence of JR's work: asking questions.

Agnès Varda
2017 Twarze, plaże|Visages, Villages|Faces Places
2008 Plaże Agnès|Les Plages d’Agnès|The Beaches of Agnès
2000 Zbieracze i zbieraczka|Les glaneurs et la glaneuse|The Gleaners and I
1985 Bez dachu i praw|Sans toit ni loi|Vagabond
1965 Szczęście|Le bonheur|Happiness
2017 Twarze, plaże|Visages, Villages|Faces Places
2015 Ellis|Ellis|Ellis
2010 Siła kobiet|Women Are Heroes

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Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow