Cinefest is an independent film series brought to you by CV Arts and the Toronto International Film Circuit. The series runs from October through April.
Tickets are available online or at the door for Adults $12 & Kids 13 + under $5. CV Arts Members $11 (available only at the door). Ask for a Punch Cards.
Cash Bar & popcorn available – All ages.
Thanks to our Cinefest Sponsors:
Home Hardware, Copper Point Resort, Circle Health Foods, River Gems, Gerry’s Gelatti, Invermere Optometry Clinic, Palliser Printing & Will McKenzie Designs
A treasure of global cinema, Agnes Varda makes films alive with curiosity and playfulness. Now in her eighties, she remains the world’s most youthful filmmaker. Her latest non-fiction film is an inspired collaboration with JR, the mysterious French street artist. Like many of Varda’s works Faces Places is a kind of travelogue in which the wonder of each locale visited is only as potent as the populace whose existence affects it.
Their plan is simple: Varda and JR roam from place to place in JR’s truck, which is decorated to resemble a camera. In each place they visit, they meet people – coal miners, cheese makers, a Herculean farmer – and JR creates immense monochromatic portraits of them. Our endearing duo then affixes these portraits to various edifices all over town, quite literally, merging faces and places.
Among Faces Places’ most amusing refrains is Varda’s annoyance at JR’s refusal to remove his sunglasses, which she says reminds her of Jean-Luc Godard in the 60’s. The contrast between Varda’s French New Wave cohort, who represents her tremendous six-decade legacy, and JR, who embodies her vibrant present, speaks volumes about the scope of this amazing auteur’s durability and persistence of vision.
“What emerges from them, and from the relationship between the 88-year-old filmmaker and the thirty-something photographer, is a poignant meditation on everything from self-revelation in the age of the selfie to change in rural France. This rich cross-generational exchange speaks to the persistence of French cinematic culture – Varda’s relationship with Godard is a recurring theme – while the film itself is a delight, subtle, touching and entertaining.” – Kate Taylor – The Globe and Mail