“Agnes Varda knows the value of a camera. The 89-year-old director was a pioneer of French New Wave filmmaking and has strived to find inventive forms of storytelling throughout her career. In her new documentary Faces Places, Varda teams up with the enigmatic photographer and visual artist JR to follow and participate in his Inside Out project, in which he takes portraits of regular people and pastes the pictures, in gigantic- poster format, onto walls and buildings. The film …celebrates community but for Varda, it’s also personal… “JR is fulfilling my greatest desire,” Varda explains. “To meet new faces, and photograph them, so they don’t fall down the holes in my memory. It also sees Varda coming to terms with her own mortality while confronting the deaths, and evolutions, of many French ways of life.”
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