FACES PLACES
VISAGES VILLAGES
2017, Cohen Media Group, 94 min, France, Dir: JR, Agnès Varda

At 89, Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, teamed with acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. 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 to reveal the humanity in their subjects and themselves. The Oscar-nominated FACES PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship the two artists formed along the way.


THE GLEANERS & I
LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE
2001, Zeitgeist, 82 min, France, Dir: Agnes Varda

French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda’s marvelous "wandering road documentary" focuses on the centuries-old tradition of "gleaning" in France - literally, picking up the cast-offs of others. Varda follows rural scavengers who gather leftover vegetables after the harvest, and urban scavengers who collect discarded food and appliances from the streets of Paris. Varda interweaves these scenes with her own intimate thoughts on aging, humorous interviews with judges and attorneys who debate - Monty Python-style - the legality of gleaning while standing in potato fields, and a host of other spontaneous musings on French art and culture. Through it all, the director’s patient sense of social obligation shines through, as she asks again and again, "How can one live on the leftovers of others?" Winner, Best Non-Fiction Film - National Society Of Film Critics.


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