New doc fo­cuses on friend­ship be­tween Varda and artist JR

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CHARLES S. CO­HEN, chair­man and CEO of Co­hen Media Group (CMG) has ac­quired all North Amer­i­can dis­tri­bu­tion and world sales rights out­side of France, Ger­many and China, to an un­ti­tled doc­u­men­tary cur­rently in pro­duc­tion from film­maker Agnès Varda and the artist known as JR. The film will be com­pleted this year. The un­ti­tled project fo­cuses on “faces, en­coun­ters, huge im­ages re­lated to peo­ple” and, prin­ci­pally, an un­likely friend­ship be­tween 33-year-old JR and 88-year-old Varda. “As my life draws to a close, I find my­self want­ing to see ever-more faces, to film or pho­to­graph them, to keep them in im­ages if not in my mem­ory,” Varda said. “JR, with his imag­i­na­tion and tal­ent, gives me the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate with him new ways to share im­ages.“Charles S. Co­hen said: “Agnès Varda is a vi­sion­ary di­rec­tor. Her cu­rios­ity about the world she lives in has fed her amaz­ing work for more than 60 years, and she finds yet more to say and re­veal in this unique work that will cap­ti­vate all who ex­pe­ri­ence it.” The ac­qui­si­tion was bro­kered by CMG ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent John Kochman and pro­ducer Rosalie Varda, on be­half of Varda’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Cine Ta­maris and JR’S pro­duc­tion com­pany So­cial An­i­mals. JN

Agnès Varda.

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