I am self-isolating in the Luberon region in the south of France, hopefully to attend at least part of the SCAD Lacoste Film Festival from July 1- 4th. The program is wonderful, and I have to share one film recommendation... which you can see it whether you are here or not. What a perfect film for the times we are in now!
Agnès Varda’s film, Faces Places, won the l'Oeil d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It is a perfect and charming illustration of the power of ripples that connect us in special ways.
This film is part of a very interesting lineup, with Jeremy Irons in attendance to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alas, due to a soon-to-end case of covid, I won’t be attending this screening today, but I saw it last night as I sheltered in place.
SCAD also produces the SCAD Savannah Film Festival (202 dates: October 22i-29). It has established itself as a distinguished stop on the road to the Academy Awards. Since its inception, the festival has screened more than 125 Oscar-nominated films and honored more than 90 legendary actors, directors, producers, writers, and filmmakers.
As usual, I plan to attend. Maybe I'll see you there?
You'll find Faces Places on Netflix, Amazon, Apple and other platforms. Below is a synopsis.
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Chemin Parc, SCAD Lacoste: July 3 4pm
In the spirit of enchanting road movies, the documentary Faces Places pairs two unlikely artisans at its center: then-89-year-old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of French New Wave cinema, and 33-year-old JR, an acclaimed French photographer and muralist.
Kindred spirits, Varda and JR shared a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared.
Faces Places chronicles the duo's travels to villages around France, where they meet locals, learn their stories, and produce epic-size portraits. Prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, the photos reveal the humanity of their subjects — and themselves — while Faces Places reveals the heartwarming encounters and tender friendships they form along the way.
Presented in French with English subtitles