Late filmmaker Agnes Varda honoured with starring role on Cannes poster

Reuters Cannes, France May 13, 2019, 05.23 PM(IST)

Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure announce the official selection. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The official poster for this year's festival features an action shot of the late filmmaker Agnes Varda taken while she made her first feature film 'La Pointe Courte', which was screened at the festival in 1955.

The poster for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was unveiled outside the Palais des Festival in the early morning of Sunday (May 12).

The official poster for this year's festival features an action shot of the late filmmaker Agnes Varda taken while she made her first feature film 'La Pointe Courte', which was screened at the festival in 1955.

Varda, who passed away in Paris in March at the age of 90, began her career as a stills photographer before becoming one of the leading voices and maverick of the Left Bank Cinema and French New Wave.

Her films focused on the issues faced by ordinary people, such as harvesters ('The Gleaners and I', 2000), drifters ('Vagabond', 1985) and on women in particular 'Cleo from 5 to 7' - which premiered in competition in Cannes in 1962.

Varda, who had many films screened at the Cannes Film Festival, was a member of the festival jury in 2005 and also received an honorary Palme d'Or in 2015.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival, running from May 14 to 25, is due to kick off on Tuesday (May 14) with Jim Jarmusch's latest film, zombie extravaganza 'The Dead Don't Die'.

Other big films on the line up this year include Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio and films from directors Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne and Ken Loach amongst many.