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Faces, Places (Visages, Villages)

  • Village Hall Ballroom 22 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326 (map)
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Legendary Grande Dame of French filmmaking Agnès Varda teams up in Faces Places with the hipster installation artist JR to create one of the most uplifting cinematic expeditions of the year. (The New York Film Critics Circle voted it Best Non-Fiction Film of 2018.) Varda and JR become fast friends as they trek through the French countryside in JR’s mobile portrait studio to tiny hamlets and secluded villages, where they meet the resident farmers and workers. They create outsized portraits of locals both young and old, and then plaster these huge Polaroid images on the sides of town buildings and even, in one case, on a passing freight train. It’s an incredible salute to the power of art to plumb the human soul. “In the glory of her golden years, Varda has become a humanist magician”—Owen Gleiberman. (Agnès Varda, JR 2017, 90 minutes)