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Faces Places

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Director: Agnés Varda & JR
Year: 2017
Time: 89 min
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Varda and JR discuss the ins and outs of collaboration when their work ethics seemingly clash, the personalities they present on screen, and the “work” of their images.

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The two brilliant, colorful and irrepressible filmmakers sit down in a New York City gallery to discuss memory, time and artistic boundaries.

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“[Varga’s] images, both moving and static, exemplify an attention to a subject’s social function, continuing to dignify faces with frankness and humility.”

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