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For the last few weeks, we have reported on rumors and speculation about what films will and won’t be at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Even though we’ve been talking about the prestigious event for weeks, today is the day that film fans can officially become excited about the upcoming festival. Why? Well, the folks at Cannes have released the official poster for the festival (seen below) and like every year, it signals the beginning of a very fun month to be a film fan.
And this year’s poster isn’t just a beautiful image, as you have come to expect, but the 2019 Cannes Film Festival poster is also bittersweet. The image that makes up the new poster is a behind-the-scenes image of none other than French filmmaker Agnès Varda atop the shoulders of one of her crew while on the set of the film “La Pointe Courte,” in 1954. The legendary filmmaker recently passed away, and the new poster is a lovely tribute to not just a French film icon, but an icon for the entire industry worldwide.
Filmmaker - Varda - Relationship - Cannes - Film
For those that aren’t familiar with the filmmaker, Varda has a long and illustrious relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. The director had a dozen films screened at the festival, including “Cleo From 5 to 7” and most recently, “Faces Places” and “One Sings, The Other Doesn’t.”
In addition to that, in 2015, Varda became the first woman to receive the honorary Palme d’Or.
Cannes - Film - Festival - May
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival begins May 14.
The folks at Cannes had this to say about the poster and Varda (via Deadline):
All the way up.
As high as she could go.
Shoulders - Technician
Perched on the shoulders of an impassive technician.
Clinging to a camera, which seems to absorb her entirely.
Woman - Film
A young woman, aged 26, making her first film.
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