Faces Places 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
“Serendipities fly as cinema’s greatest gleaner goes rambling.” (Sight and Sound)
Variety described 88 year-old Agnès Varda’s films as “a tonic—just watching them makes you feel younger.” Here she teams up with JR, one of France’s most prominent street artists. Together they traverse the countryside in a mobile photo van capable of turning out large-scale photographs of the people they meet on their travels. The effect is magical as farmers find their images on their barns, an old woman’s face is inscribed on the wall of her condemned house, and giant women’s images are assembled on shipping containers. This is art as ephemeral and as beautiful as life itself, but it connects directly and delightfully with ordinary people. Films don’t come any more charming than this.
Director Agnès Varda, JR | Producer Rosalie Varda | Composer Matthieu Chedid | Editor Maxime Pozzi-Garcia, Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda was in 1928 in Brussels. She is often seen as a precursor the French New Wave. Her films include Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), Vagabond (1984), Jacquot de Nantes (about her husband Jacques Demy; 1991) Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008).
JR is a French photographer and artist born in 1983. His artistic career began in graffiti and expanded to include public art projects in numerous countries. His films have been closely linked to these art projects and include Women Are Heroes (2010), Inside Out: The People's Art Project (2013) and Les Bosquets (2015).