Catherine Deneuve will be the star of the official poster for the 76th Cannes Film Festival, an image taken on the set of “La Chamade”.

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On the set of “La Chamade”

An announcement that was expected. The Cannes Film Festival unveiled the official poster for its 2023 edition on Twitter this Wednesday evening April 19. This year, the organization honors actress Catherine Deneuve.
Côte d’Azur, June 1, 1968. The actress Catherine Deneuve is on the beach at Pampelonne, near Saint-Tropez, for the filming of La Chamade by Alain Cavalier, adapted from the novel by Françoise Sagan. She plays Lucile who leads a worldly and superficial life, tinged with ease and a taste for luxury. His heart beat frantically, hurriedly, passionately. Like that of the love of cinema that the Cannes Film Festival celebrates each year: we hear its living and inhabited pulses resonating everywhere. The heart of the 7th Art, of its artists, its professionals, its amateurs, the press beats wildly, to the rhythm of the urgency imposed by its eternity.

An incarnation of cinema

The actress of Donkey Skin is an incarnation of cinema, far from conventions and proprieties. Uncompromising but always close to his convictions, even if it means going against the grain of the times. She is muse from Jacques Demy to Agnès Varda or Luis Buñuel, from François Truffaut to Marco Ferreri or Manoel de Oliveira, from André Téchiné to Emmanuelle Bercot or Arnaud Desplechin. His collaborations figure in the pantheon of great filmmakers of yesterday and today. Catherine is the link. For more than 60 years, the biggest French star has never stopped filming, reinventing herself, experimenting, daring counter-employments or first films. An icon that never stood still and brings her art to life. Deneuve embodies in his own way the richness of the cinema that the Festival wants to defend: auteur films but also quality popular films.

A timeless poster

Cheerful, insolent and romantic, a young woman with long blond hair smiles confidently at her future. It is a certain magic that Catherine Deneuve embodies, pure, incandescent and sometimes transgressive. It is this unspeakable magic that the 76th International Film Festival resonates with this timeless poster. To retell the glorious present of cinema and envision its future full of promise. Because Catherine Deneuve is what cinema should remember to be: elusive, daring, irreverent.

Photo credit: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match/Scoop
Poster credit: Photo © Jack Garofalo/Paris Match/Scoop – Graphic design © Hartland Villa

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