This morning the Cannes Film Festival debuted the poster for this year’s 64th edition featuring Faye Dunaway as its muse and a far more sleek and elegant design than I’ve seen from the fest in recent years.
The photo in the poster was taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970 and is described in the press release accompanying the image saying, “Model of sophistication and timeless elegance, it is an embodiment of the cinematic dream that the Festival de Cannes seeks to maintain.”
The rest of the release read like this:
Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. He began his career as a photographer and his work is quickly noticed, in particular a series of Bob Dylan photos from the 60s which ultimately are used on the cover of the legendary album “Blonde on Blonde.” In the early 70s Schatzberg turns to filmmaking and his first film, Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), reveals an exceptional sense of framing and lighting for a first-timer. Panic In Needle Park (1971) with newcomer Al Pacino and Scarecrow follow and are both award-winners in Cannes.
Puzzle of a Downfall Child, in which Faye Dunaway has the starring role, has been restored by Universal Pictures. Rarely seen on the big screen the film will be distributed in France by Carlotta in the fall and the restored print will be screened in Cannes in the presence of the director and his actress.
Just below is a larger look at the portrait version. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11 – 22 and I will be on hand covering the event from May 10 – 17. You can check out my Cannes homepage right here for a look at last year’s coverage.