Faces Places Saturday 13th April 2019 in the Fernhurst Village Hall Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 94 mins Rated:PG English subtitles
Film Director Agnčs Varda and Photographer, JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. When they met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities. During a trip in JR's photographic and magical truck, without any particular destination, they crisscrossed the French countryside reaching out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on huge posters. “Chance has always been my best assistant” says Varda. In her own words: ‘enlarging images means enlarging life, enlarging portraits of people, letting them speak, express themselves and then be big on the walls would be a gesture of empathy to people we didn’t know’. And while JR and his crew create the art, Varda provides the picture's heart, as she coaxes subjects into sharing their stories. Rather than, “What happens next?” the basic question of Varda’s cinema is “What more can be seen?” For she truly is an artist who lives for faces and places. And these locations, these souls, seem to prosper in the warmth of her gaze. A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee, ‘Faces Places’ is a quiet celebration of simple pleasures of companionship and collaboration, of art made real and accessible, and of the divine in the common place. It is a charming, unexpected, quirky and wonderful film that just has to be seen on a big screen to do it justice.