Directed by Agnes Varda & JR
with special guest Orly Yadin,
Executive Director, Vermont International Film Forum
Special thanks to our Program Sponsor, F.H. Clothing Co.
Please note: After 3 p.m. Friday, tickets must be purchased at the Briggs Opera House box office. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m.
French New Wave icon Agnès Varda, at 89, teamed up with the 33 year-old acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR to co-direct this enchanting documentary and road movie. Kindred spirits, the two share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared.
The improbable duo, described by one reviewer as “merry pranksters” with “deadpan comic chemistry” (Andrew Lapin, NPR), 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, their art, and themselves. Faces Places documents these surprising encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship formed by Varda and JR along the way.
Faces Places wowed critics on its release in October 2017, winning best documentary awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and San Francisco Film Critics Circle. It was listed as best documentary by reviewers from the New Yorker, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Huffpost, and Vanity Fair, among many others. The New York Times described it as simply “one of the best films of the year. A powerful, complex and radical work.”
“I wouldn’t want to see photos on every building,” admitted film critic David Edelstein, “but the transformative effect of these few is wizardly. Our guides, meanwhile, are the most congenial Wizards imaginable.” And Faces Places, he says, is “entirely down-to-Earth. It might be the least arty movie about art ever made.” Even at moments when the film turned sad, said Edelstein, “it makes you happy, more alert, more alive. Watching it, I felt like I could suddenly access a greater percentage of my soul.”
Come for our prescreening party!
Doors open at 6:45 •
Come meet and mingle for some pre-film surprises
The film starts at 7:30 p.m.
Q&A with Orly Yadin to follow the screening.
Please note: After 3 p.m. Friday, tickets must be purchased at the Briggs Opera House box office. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets will be available for angled seating to the left or right of the screen.
“One of the best films of the year.
A powerful, complex
and radical work.”
– The New York Times
“An absolute delight.
A celebration of lives that
go unnoticed by too many.”
– The Boston Globe
“A film of sheer joy,
its exuberance surpassed
only by its tenderness.”
– The Washington Post
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