The festival’s poster this year honors the film director Agnès Varda, who recently passed away. She received an Honorary Palme d’Or in 2015, had been a jury member in 2005 and President of the Caméra d’Or jury in 2013. Her films were selected 13 times in the Official Selection. The photo chosen for the poster dates from August 1954, when Varda was 26 and shooting her first feature film ‘La Pointe Courte’. This poster pays homage to the great lady of the French New Wave, forbes.com reported.
The Official Selection is in four parts: Competition, the Hors Compétition (or out-of-competition), Séance Spéciale (special screenings), and Un Certain Regard.
Thierry Frémaux explained that if a theme could be derived from the films selected, it would be romantic and political. According to Frémaux, the selection process had gender parity in mind. Thirteen women directors have been selected so far. However, only four of these women have films selected in competition. The festival’s concern in having gender parity is in fact reflected in the selection committee itself, as Frémaux pointed out during the press conference. The eight members of the committee were constituted evenly of four women and four men.
Jim Jarmusch’s new film will open the international film festival. ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ will screen on May 14. The film stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and many more. Jarmusch’s thirteenth feature explores the zombie genre film. The film will be released in theaters in France on the same day of the opening night at Cannes.