Faces Places

Agnès Varda, Faces Places, 2017 Film still

Tempo 2018

Documentary Festival

10.3 2018


Welcome to a screening of the film Faces, Places, in association with the Tempo Documentary Festival 2018. Faces Places is a beautiful road movie and portrait of the times, in which prominent French contemporary film director, 89-year old Agnès Varda, and the street artist JR, her junior by more than 50 years, journey through France.

Faces, Places (2017)

See the heartwarming and poignant road movie about the joint project of 88-year-old filmmaker Agnès Varda and 33-year-old photographer JR, who share a love for the visual and for unique stories.

Traveling around France, they discover that behind each front door there’s someone who has a tale to tell that can inspire, or bring to life a distant memory—about hard labor in the mines last century, or about domestic goats that used to keep their horns. The duo brings the stories and memories to life, placing huge prints of photos at a wide range of locations.

They also share fragments of their own lives through archive material and the telling of their own stories, in this testament to transience and the power of the imagination. Especially now that her eyesight and memory are deteriorating, the subject of transience is more palpable to Varda than the far younger JR. The awareness of the inevitability of the end of things casts a melancholy veil over this beautiful journey.

First screening in Sweden during Tempo 2018

Faces Places has been nominated for Tempo’s international award and is screened in Sweden for the first time during Tempo. The film won the Golden Eye Documentary Prize in Cannes in 2017, and is distributed by Folkets Bio. It opens in Swedish cinemas on 23 March, 2018.

Contact: Catrin Lundqvist, Curator Learning.