As April 14, 2011, the date of the Paris press conference which will officially open the 64th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, draws near, new names are released. Thus, after De Niro and Kusturica, announced as jury presidents (in the main competition and, respectively, in the “Un Certain Regard” section), the name of the president in the Cinéfondation section was recently released. The name in question is Michel Gondry, a fan of poetic cinema, 1930s comedies, as well as of the special effects in contemporary digital productions.
Furthermore, after Kristin Scott Thomas, Diane Kruger and Monica Belucci, to refer only to recent years, in 2011 the host of the show will be another beauty, Melanie Laurent.
This a year dedicated to blond beauties, we may say, as well as to celebrities of global repute. Woody Allen will open the festival with “Midnight in Paris”, a many-facetted, predominantly cultural, portrayal of the French capital, in which Carla Bruni-Sarkozy makes a cameo as a guide at the Rodin Museum.
In fond remembrance of old-time successes in Cannes – let us remember “Scarecrow”, directed by Jerry Schatzber, the 1973 winner of the Palme d’Or -, Faye Dunaway will be in Cannes, presenting a re-mastered copy of another film signed by the selfsame American director – “Puzzle of a Downfall Child” (1970).
The two – Faye Dunaway and Jerry Schatzberg – are bound by a shared passion for photography and modelling. Dunaway started out as a top model, before rising to fame as actress, screenwriter and producer. A recent collaboration of the two resulted in the 2011 edition poster. Its power to evoke “timeless grace”, as well as the sophisticated image of a delicate beauty that seems to transcend time, make this poster a true work of art. We may say Faye, born on January 14, 1941, is celebrated, on her 70th birthday, in Cannes.
As regards the poster, it is worth mentioning very few actresses have been granted the honour of acting as the emblem of the Cannes Festival. On the other hand, one must acknowledge the refined conception behind it: the seraphic image of the beautiful blonde actress seen as the “Cannes Festival dream”, as the organizers chose to put it.