Directed by Agnès Varda and JR (France, 2017, 90 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Kick off the Boston French Film Festival with an outdoor screening of this playful documentary by 90-year-old director Agnès Varda, whose experimental films have made her an icon of French cinema, and photographer JR, known for installing large-scale photographs in public places. Armed with cameras, the unlikely pair traverse rural France in an eye-catching van, befriending the locals and capturing their likeness in epic-size photos that reveal the humanity of their subjects. The portraits are then wheatpasted onto houses, barns, storefronts, and train cars, leaving a trail of monumental artworks across the French countryside. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, Faces Places documents the heartwarming encounters between the artists and their subjects, as well as the tender friendship Varda and JR formed along the way.

Watch the trailer

The film begins at sundown, around 8:30 pm. Live music, lawn games, and art-making begin at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or low chair (maximum 3 feet high), a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks are available for purchase. Seating is limited; arrive early to guarantee your spot.

Pre-show Music by Dee Diggs

Dee Diggs is a DJ, event curator, and organizer based in Boston, MA. She is unapologetically black, queer, and femme.

She is an organizer with Boston’s own queer music tech collective, Evlv Tech, and promotes monthly events with the electro/hip-hop mash-up freak show known as Rare Footage Boston. Her sound is on the A-side, grounded and self-referential, and on the the B-side, a dreamy and foreign pursuit. The Dee Diggs experience is the warm vibe that radiates through the room as the booth and the dance floor become one deep in the mix.


All screenings are wheelchair accessible and include English captions or subtitles. For more information, call 617-267-9300, or e-mail

Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting. The weather decision is made on the day of the film.

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Large bags, coolers, and tall chairs are not permitted.

Per Federal and State law, the MFA welcomes trained service animals. Service animals must be on a leash or tether and under the control of the owner at all times. Emotional support and other animals or pets are not permitted on the Museum campus.


The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Sunset Cinema is supported by the Carlotte and Samuel Berk Fund.

Co-presented with the Cultural Services Office of the French Consulate in Boston.

Additional support provided by the French Cultural Center.