Agnes Varda will make her final appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, with the late filmmaker front and center as the subject of the poster for its 72nd edition.
The shot is of Varda, then 26, making her first film ‘La Pointe Courte’ in 1954. In the iconic photo, she is standing on the shoulders of a technician while looking into the camera on the beach in Sete, in the Southeast of France. The film screened in an out-of-competition Cannes slot the following year, according to hollywoodreporter.com.
“This photo from the set sums up everything about Agnes Varda: Her passion, aplomb, and mischievousness,” festival organizers said. She had the “ingredients of a free artist, forming a recipe she never stopped improving.”
Varda became recognized as the grandmother of French cinema, and her films appeared 13 times in Cannes’ Official Selection. She served on the jury in 2005, and on the jury of the Camera d’Or, which selects the best first film from across all sections, in 2013.
In 2015, Varda became the first woman to be awarded an honorary Palme d’Or. She also won the Golden Lion at Venice, a Silver Bear in Berlin, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2018, in addition to being the oldest Oscar nominee ever.
Varda died in March at the age of 90.
“Avant-garde but popular, intimate yet universal, her films have led the way,” said the festival. ”And so, perched high on this pyramid, surveying the beach at Cannes, young and eternal, Agnès Varda will be the inspirational guiding light of this 72nd edition of the Festival.”
The Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled on April 18.