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Cannes Film Festival unveils its official 2019 poster


La Pointe courte © 1994 Agnès Varda and her children - Montage and design : Flore Maquin

The Cannes Film Festival has revealed its official poster for the 72nd edition of the festival, honoring filmmaker Agnès Varda who passed away in March.

Varda had no fewer than 13 films shown in the Official Selection over her 65-year career as a filmmaker and was a major figure in the French film industry. The Cannes Film Festival awarded her with an Honorary Palme d’Or in 2015 for her lifetime achievement and contribution to cinema, stating that she had evoked “resilience and endurance, more than honor.” She was also previously President of the Caméra d'Or Jury in 2013, and a member of the official Jury in 2005.

The poster is taken from August 1954 during the shoot of “La Pointe Courte” which shows Varda looking into a camera as she stands on the back of a technician in Sète, France. It was Varda’s debut film and starred Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret. At the time of production, the film was a low-budget feature costing an estimated $14,000. The following year, it was screened in Antibes and in 1956 it had its Paris premiere at Studio Parnasse.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival will take place between 14-25 May, opening with Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” zombie comedy starring Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi and Selena Gomez.

This year’s poster was designed by Flore Maquin.

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