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'Faces, Places' Wins Golden Eye Award at Cannes Film Festival

29.05.2017

The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Saturday with the official award ceremony taking place at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes. The annual Golden Eye prize for best documentary went to 'Faces, Places' directed by Agnès Varda and JR.

Still from Faces Places by Agnès Varda and JR
(Image credit: Cannes Film Festival)

The documentary Faces, Places by Agnès Varda and street photographer JR, follows the two directors as they travel through rural France in a van photographing and interviewing rural and working-class people. The title has been honoured with this year's Golden Eye award (L’Oeil d’Or) and is the third documentary to be awarded with the prestigious prize since its inception in 2015.

"Our jury has been deeply moved by Agnès and JR’s decision to meet local, so-called ‘little’ people, and our hearts have been touched by this movie-tale about consideration for the other through art. These combined perspectives are both delicate and generous", the jury said.

The jury was chaired by Sandrine Bonnaire and included director Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom), director Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers), Toronto Film Festival programmer Thom Powers and film critic Lorenzo Codelli.

The jury also awarded an honorable mention to Emmanuel Gras' Makala, which took the top prize in the International Critics' Week.

The Golden Eye is awarded to the best documentary across all official selections and was initiated in 2015 by the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM - Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia) and its President Julie Bertuccelli.



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