Cannes kiss sets the mood for Festival

Poster image revealed ahead of launch day

by Richard Mowe

In the mood for Cannes - star kiss between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina from this year’s Cannes Film Festival poster
In the mood for Cannes - star kiss between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina from this year’s Cannes Film Festival poster Photo: Festival de Cannes

With just a day to go before the official launch of the full programme in Paris, the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have unveiled the poster for the 71st edition.

It features a still taken from Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou (1965), and is said to be inspired by the work of Georges Pierre (1927-2003), stills photographer who worked on the shoots of more than 100 films in a 30-year career that began in 1960 with Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle. The image features a passionate embrace between stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.

Pierre also worked in partnership with Robert Enrico, Yves Robert, Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Zulawski, Andrzej Wajda, and of course Jean-Luc Godard. Committed to achieving recognition for stills photographers as artists in their own right, Pierre founded the Association des Photographes de Films, tasked with defending the material and moral interests of cinema photographers, a breed who are fast disappearing from many film sets.

The poster itself is the work of graphic designer Flore Maquin, a 27-year-old illustrator who blends drawing, painting and digital art in a vibrant and colourful world, finding inspiration from pop culture. Maquin works with Universal Pictures, Paramount Channel, Europacorp, Wild Side, and Arte, revisiting or creating alternatives for film posters.

This year’'s poster and signatures have been created by Philippe Savoir (Filifox).

With Édouard Baer as Master of Ceremonies and Cate Blanchett as President of the Competition Jury, the Cannes Film Festival begins on Tuesday, 8 May.

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