“Mur Murs bears the marks of an artist fascinated by her surroundings.”
Presented in Un Certain Regard at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Mur Murs evolved from Varda’s love of people, art and the city she temporarily called home.
Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, Varda looked away from the Hollywood Hills of Lions Love (...and Lies) and focused on the vast network of murals that adorn the urban centres of regular working people.
In Reverse Shot Jordan Cronk notes that Mur Murs doubles as a “document of the city’s public art scene and guided tour through many of Los Angeles ‘less storied’ regions.” Indeed, as Varda ventures into communities rarely seen on screen; her openness and curiosity offering audiences an alternate history of the famous ‘City of Angels’.
A film deeply connected to celebrating humanity and the extraordinary in the everyday, Mur Murs mirrors some of Varda’s most beloved documentaries such as The Gleaners and I, and the recent Faces Places. From Latino street gangs to a wedding shop owner who dreamed of immortalising his love sky high, Mur Murs offers a warmth and neutrality to a space that is so often charged with political and social assumptions.
Please note: this screening will take place at The Capitol while ACMI at Fed Square is closed for redevelopment.