Klein image for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Celebration of strand’s 50th anniversary.

by Richard Mowe

Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2018
Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2018
The French Directors’ Guild, organisers of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, today has unveiled the poster image for this year’s 50th edition of the sidebar selection.

The image is based on a photograph by William Klein who was a regular attendee of the section in its early days.

Klein who was born in New York in 1928 but has lived in Paris for more than six decades, garnered his reputation first as a photographer before branching in to film-making.

It was in 1958, Klein began to explore the moving image, creating his first Pop film, Broadway By Light, in 1958. He went on to produce feature films and documentaries including a satire about the fashion world, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966); Far From Vietnam (1967); Muhammad Ali, The Greatest (1969); and The Little Richard Story (1980). Messiah (1999), revealed on an epic scale a summary of the themes present throughout his artistic career.

His work has sometimes been openly critical of American society and foreign policy with the film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once writing that Mr Freedom was "conceivably the most anti-American movie ever made."

Klein has described directors Chris Marker and Alain Resnais as his “guardian angels” in his formative years.

The Directors’ Fortnight runs from May 9 to 19 .

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