Agnès Varda gets Cannes poster honours
|Toronto Star 15 Apr 2019 at 11:47|
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 Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) and the Oscar-nominated Faces Places (2017).
Official poster for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival is a tribute to the recently-departed Agnès Varda. It shows her at age 26 in 1954, perched atop a technician s helpful back, as she makes her first film, La Pointe Courte. (Howell, Peter / Flore Maquin)
The poster shows Varda at age 26 in 1954, perched atop a technician’s helpful back, as she makes her first feature, La Pointe Courte, which premiered at Cannes the following year.
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.
La Pointe Courte, 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 La Pointe Courte) 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!”