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TIFF ’17: Agnes Varda’s “Faces Places” wins doc award

Faces Places, Agnès Varda’s doc collaboration with French street artist JR, picked up the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award on Sunday (Sept. 17) as the 42nd edition of the Toronto ...
September 18, 2017

Faces Places, Agnès Varda’s doc collaboration with French street artist JR, picked up the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award on Sunday (Sept. 17) as the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close.

Faces Places (pictured) follows the legendary Varda, now in her 80s, as she and JR travel across rural France. The people they meet, which include coal miners and cheese makers, result in large-scale, monochromatic portraits that JR develops and affixes to local buildings.

Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! was the second runner up for the doc award, while Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier‘s Tragically Hip doc Long Time Running was the first runner up.

The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award is distributed at the festival’s close each year, and reflects the votes of TIFF audiences. Past winners include Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Evgeny Afineevsky‘s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom and Jehane Noujaim‘s The Square.

In May, Faces Places was awarded the 2017 Golden Eye documentary prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The jury included TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers, Italian film critic Lorenzo Codelli, English director Lucy Walker and The Gatekeepers director Dror Moreh.

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