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Catherine Deneuve - The Face of the Cannes Film Festival 2023


On Wednesday night, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled the official poster for 2023.

This year, the organization honors the actress, Catherine Deneuve, thanks to a classic photo taken on the beach of Pampelonne in June 1968, during the filming of "La Chamade", directed by Alain Cavalier.

The reasons behind choosing the beloved Catherin Deneuve are clear. "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 reiterate cinema's glorious presence and envisage its future full of promise. For Catherine Deneuve is what cinema must remember to be: elusive, daring, and irreverent. An obviousness. A necessity", the press release reveals before continuing: "The actress of Peau d'Âne is an incarnation of cinema, far from conventions and conveniences. Without concession but always close to her convictions, even if it means going against the grain of the times."


Showcasing what will certainly be a “timeless poster”, the 76th International Film Festival will take place from May 16 to 27, 2023. The poster is in black and white, an aesthetic choice assumed and already used, as in 2012, for the 65th edition, with Marilyn Monroe in her glorious majesty.

This year, it is Catherine Deneuve who is honored on the poster of the 76th International Film Festival. This is by way of a family affair since the hostess of the ceremony of the 2023 edition is none other than the actress Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of Catherine Deneuve and the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni who, in 2014, was also on the poster of the 67th edition of the International Film Festival.


19 films have already been announced in competition, including three Italian films: Towards a bright future by Nanni Moretti, The Abduction by Marco Bellocchio, and The Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, with further film announcements yet to be made.

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