The anticipation and excitement have reached the utmost degree with the annual Cannes Film Festival being only a couple of months away. Taking place in the South of France between the dates of May 11th – May 20th, the festival will continue to exhibit diverse cinematic creations. Staying faithful to its fundamental purpose, the 2016 Festival de Cannes contributes to the development of cinema while drawing attention and raising the profiles of new films. The result of the week and a half? An international celebration of cinematographic art, as told by general delegate, Thierry Frémaux.
The 69th Festival de Cannes official poster is a design taken from Jean-Luc Godard’s film, Contempt. Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer, Gilles Frappier, made final design while Philippe Savoir completed the visual identity. In contrary to previous official posters, this choice illustrates more than just the average actor or actress. A description of the scene describes it best, “It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image, it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of Contempt: ‘Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires’.” Download Poster
A still image of actress Jessica Chastain, from the film Take Shelter, will represent La Semaine de la Critique. Take Shelter, a second feature film by Jeff Nichols showcases a remarkable performance by Jessica along with the tremendous talent of Nichols. This scene from the film was chosen solely to illustrate the successful career path of the two. Download Poster
Featured for The Directors Fortnight are “two characters who perhaps stepped out of an English or Italian comedy or an Éric Rohmer film?” Céclie Burban created the 2016 Directors Fortnight poster with help from the graphic designer, Michel Welfringer. The description is rather compelling, “Once upon a time, two people met. A woman, a man… Their memory has almost been erased. All that’s left is a picture… torn, faded, almost gone. Cinema is not eternal but it does sometimes escape oblivion. And it is possible to restore a picture. And what will there be then between these two characters who perhaps stepped out of an English or Italian comedy or an Éric Rohmer film? When you see a poster like this, your imagination fills in the blanks, just like it does at the movies.” Download Poster