Legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda pairs with contemporary artist JR to create the documentary Faces Places. Photo courtesy of CohenMediaGroup

Rural France highlighted in next Kitchen Stove Films

French film Faces Places next instalment of the Penticton Art Gallery Kitchen Stove Films

A runner up at the 90th Academy Awards called Faces Places is the next instalment of the Kitchen Stove Films series.

Although the French film didn’t earn top honours for documentary last weekend one of its filmmakers, now 89-year-0ld Agnes Varda broke records by being the oldest member of the Academy ever nominated for an award.

Varda, a legendary French filmmaker paired up with modern artist JR to film Faces Places (Visages Villages). The road trip documentary follows the two as they travel around rural France, taking portraits of the people they meet. The portraits are then scaled to a large size and placed on barns, storefronts and even trains, highlighting humanity of the subjects and the artists themselves.

Although the film lost out to Netflix-produced documentary Icarus at the Academy Awards, it won several other industry accolades, including top honours at the recent Indie Spirit Awards, winning for Best Documentary Feature. It also received the Golden Eye Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where the film debuted.

Faces Places will play at the Landmark 7 Cinema March 15. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door (limited number available). Film screenings are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Kitchen Stove Film Series is an income development initiative of the Penticton Art Gallery. Broadening the definition of the visual arts to include the medium of film, the series aims to inspire, challenge, educate and entertain while showcasing excellence in the cinematic arts. The series is affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit Group.

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