Screening of Visages, Villages (Faces, Places) an Agnès Varda and JR film

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • 7:30 PM
  • 531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123


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The film will be in French with English subtitles.

A Q&A will follow

Part documentary and part road movie, the enchanting and moving Faces Places teams 89-year old Agnès Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7, Vagabond), one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. Winner of the Golden Eye Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award for Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. (Fully subtitled

Members and non-members : $9

Watch the official trailer

About the film : In 2017, at the age of 89, Ms. Varda partnered with the French photographer and muralist known as JR on “Faces Places,” a road movie that featured the two of them roaming rural France, meeting the locals, celebrating them with enormous portraits and forming their own fast friendship. Among its many honors was an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. (It did not win, but that year Ms. Varda was given an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.)

About the authors: Agnès Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the development of the widely influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She passed at the age of 90, on March 29. Numerous tributes have been paid to "the greatest of the great", "the irreplaceable", "one of the greatest artists of our time".

JR is the pseudonym of a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world." He started out on the streets of Paris.

Location :
- PhilaMOCA is located on 12th Street slightly north of the intersection with Spring Garden. We are two blocks east of the Broad Street Line’s Spring Garden stop.

PARKING - Free street parking is readily available on Spring Garden Street and surrounding blocks.

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