Visages Villages / Faces Places

Film Retrospective 2018–19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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Visages Villages / Faces Places by Agnès Varda & JR (France, 2017, 94 min.)

With award-winning photographer Sandro—In French with English subtitles.

Agnès Varda, along with Jean-Luc Godard, is one of the two surviving leading figures of the French New Wave. What better way to close our Nouvelle Vague, Revisited series than by screening her most recent film? Since her groundbreaking Cléo de 5 à 7, Varda’s career has become, and continues to be, the stuff of legend.

In Visages Villages, Agnès, 89, and French photographer and muralist JR, 33, hit the road together. They share a lifelong passion for images and a curiosity about how they are created, displayed and shared. The two travel through small French villages in JR’s truck-cum-photo studio, meeting locals and producing epically proportioned portraits of them. The photos are then prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains; bold monuments to the beauty and humanity of the villagers. Visages Villages documents these heartwarming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship that forms along the way.
“Sheer perfection – that’s the phrase that springs to mind when describing the humanist miracle that is Faces Places (…).” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

And what better guest speaker than award-winning photographer Sandro to introduce Visages Villages? 

Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

No stranger to road trips, Sandro has taken photographs from the most humble to the most famous and from Papua New Guinea to Hollywood. His teaming up with John Malkovich has resulted in one the most original series of photographs ever to pay homage to the world's greatest photographers. For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world. Sandro is also involved with Dance for Life,the Midwest's largest performance-based AIDS fundraiser, and he sits on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Film Retrospective 2018-2019

Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style…Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.

Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!

Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams