Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2016 Poster Shows 'Contempt'

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2016 Poster Shows 'Contempt'

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Less than a month before the full line-up is revealed, the poster for the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22) has been unfurled.

The poster, which will be emblazoned across the Palais and displayed throughout Cannes, usually features a close up of a film star and in recent years has featured Ingrid Bergman, Marcello Mastroianni and Paul Newman.

This year, the festival has used (remastered) stills from Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 film, Contempt (Le Mépris), depicting a man (French actor/director Michel Piccoli) ascending steps against a backdrop of the Mediterranean sea.

The poster was designed by Hervé Chigioni, who has overseen the festival's posters since 2014, and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier.

Contempt starred Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot alongside legendary director Fritz Land and Jack Palance. It is a symbolic choice for the poster as the film is about the making of a film. The story centres on screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille, which disintegrates during a movie's production as she spends time with the producer. …

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