French director Agnes Varda and JR, a photographer and graffiti artist, were awarded the 2017 Cannes Golden Eye documentary prize for their film Faces Places (Visages, Villages) on Saturday (May 27).
The doc follows Varda and JR as they travel through rural France, photographing and interviewing rural and working-class people. The pair first met in 2015 and decided they wanted to work on a project together far from city life. The film captures their friendship as well as their journey.
The jury consisted of French actress and director Sandrine Bonnaire; English director Lucy Walker; director and producer of The Gatekeepers Dror Moreh; TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers and Italian film critic Lorenzo Codelli.
Director Emmanuel Gra received an honorable mention from the jury for his feature documentary Makala, which took the top prize in the Critics’ Week.
The Golden Eye (L’Oeil d’Or) was created in 2015 by The Civil Society of Multimedia Authors with the aid of the festival and is awarded to the best documentary across all official selections. The winning director receives about US$5590 (€5,000) prize.