Agnès Varda gets Cannes poster honours
For the first time in memory, the Cannes Film Festival is honouring a recently departed filmmaker with the official poster for its 72nd edition, May 14-25.
It’s a lovely tribute to Agnès Varda, the Belgian-born French director, photographer and visual artist who died March 29 at the age of 90. Her landmark works include (1962) and the Oscar-nominated (2017).
Shot in the Pointe Courte neighbourhood of Sète, in the south of France, the film tells the story of a young married couple facing marital discord in a fishing village also enduring a crisis.
, shot on a budget of $14,000 (US),is often cited as the forerunner of the iconoclastic cinema movement known as La Nouvelle Vague — the French New Wave.
Cannes uses its official posters to salute the art of cinema, often showing famous directors or actors, but at no time in recent memory has it been so quick to honour a recently passed filmmaker. Varda, however, was special to Cannes, premiering many of her films there; she also sat on the Palme d’Or jury in 2005, was president of the Caméra d’Or jury in 2013 and received a special lifetime achievement Palme d’Or in 2015.
“Like a manifesto, this still photo from the set (of ) sums up everything about Agnès Varda: her passion, aplomb, and mischievousness,” a Cannes press release says.
“Ingredients of a free artist, forming a recipe she never stopped improving. Her 65 years of creativity and experimentation almost match the age of the Festival de Cannes, (which) celebrates each year visions which reveal, dare and rise higher ... Agnès Varda will be the inspirational guiding light of this 72nd edition of the Festival!”
Peter Howell is the Star’s movie critic based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @peterhowellfilm