The Golden Eye goes to 'Faces, Places' at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
The Golden Eye goes to Faces, Places at Cannes Faces, Places by Agnès Varda and JR
CANNES 2017: The film by Agnès Varda and JR has won the award for the best documentary screened across the various Cannes selections this year.
Handed out at the Cannes Film Festival since 2015 by the Scam (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors), in partnership with the Ina, and serving to single out the best of the documentaries screened across the various selections on the Croisette, the Golden Eye Award, given out this year by a jury chaired by Sandrine Bonnaire (flanked by Lucy Walker, Dror Moreh, Thom Powers and Lorenzo Codelli), has crowned Faces, Places by Agnès Varda and JR, which was presented out of competition.
The jury’s justification was the following: "Our jury has been deeply moved by Agnès and JR’s decision to meet local, so-called ‘little’ people, and our hearts have been touched by this movie-tale about consideration for the other through art. These combined perspectives are both delicate and generous."
Faces, Places depicts the meeting between the famous filmmaker and the artist who specialises in creating open-air photo galleries, whose shared passion for images (and, more specifically, the places and the tools used to display them) drove them to shoot a film in France, far from the big cities, on a largely improvised journey across the country in JR’s photo-booth van.
(Translated from French)
by Agnès Varda, JR
Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: their passion for images in general and more particulary questioning the places where they are showed, how they are shared, exposed. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open-air photographic galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, shoot a film in France, far from the cities. Random encounters or prepared projects, they will go towards the others and get them to follow them on their trip with JR's photographic truck. The film is also about their friendship that grows during the shooting, between surprises and malice, laughing of their differences.