Directed by Agnès Varda and JR (France, 2017, 90 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.
Kick off the Boston French Film Festival with an outdoor screening of this playful documentary from 89-year-old director Agnès Varda, whose experimental feminist films have made her an icon of French cinema, and photographer JR, known for installing large-scale photographs in public places. This unlikely pair shares a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together, they explore rural France, befriending the locals and producing epic-size portraits of them that are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity of their subjects. Faces Placesdocuments these heart-warming encounters as well as the tender friendship the two artists formed along the way.