The official poster for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was unveiled today and paid tribute to Agnes Varda. The poster shows a young Varda sitting on the shoulders of a technician as she shoots La Pointe Courte. Varda’s debut film would screen at the festival in 1955.
The website for the film festival says, “As she liked to point out, Agnès Varda is not a woman filmmaker: Agnès Varda is a filmmaker. She often attended the Festival de Cannes to present her films : 13 times in the Official Selection. She was also a Jury member in 2005 as well as President of the Caméra d’or Jury in 2013. When she received the Honorary Palme d’or, in 2015, she evoked “resilience and endurance, more than honour”, and dedicated it “to all the brave and inventive filmmakers, those who create original cinema, whether it’s fiction or documentary, who are not in the limelight, but who carry on.”
Avant-garde but popular, intimate yet universal, her films have led the way. And so, perched high on this pyramid, surveying the beach at Cannes, young and eternal, Agnès Varda will be the inspirational guiding light of this 72nd edition of the Festival.
The official selection for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival will be revealed on Thursday.