The Cannes Film Festival’s Official Poster Honors Jean-Luc Godard

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The Cannes Film Festival unveiled their official poster for the 69th annual fest which includes a film still from ’s 1963 film Contempt. We may not know any of the films playing at the fest, but at least this official poster gives us something.

The official Cannes poster normally includes a shot of a silver screen icon like Marilyn Monroe or Paul, so this year’s decision to include a scenic film still is a change of pace. Godard’s Contempt is about a screenwriter whose marriage starts to go south when his wife spends more and more time with a film producer. The film is a reflection on the conflict between art and commerce.

A statement from the festival said in regards to the poster, “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.'” This may or may not be an indication of the tone and films Cannes will be showcasing this year.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 11th through the 22nd with as the president of the fest.

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