50 years of marriage in the media industry require a lot of love and passion. But Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, two film icons and outstanding personalities, did it. Newman and Woodward first worked together on The Long Hot Summer, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, the same year they got married.
The poster is based on a photograph of the couple taken during the filming of A New Kind of Love in 1963. It shows Newman and Woodward intertwined in a perfect balance, gently kissing. The kinect energy that surrounds them is hypnotizing and it enhances the cinematic effect that the overall design of the affiche has.
This is one of my favorite Cannes poster in years. It’s an astute combination between classic and modern, and it reminds us that we first have to gaze at the past, analyze and understand it, before moving towards the bright and promising future that cinema has.
You can watch the animated version of the poster here:
And since the festival is rapidly approaching (the participating movies will be announced on April 18th), I’ve started to do some research and came up with a list of 20 possible candidates (the order is arbitrary):
1. The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola): A group of teenagers rock celebrities’ houses in order to satisfy their obsession with fame.
2. Lowlife (James Gray): A young immigrant is forced by her boyfriend to become a prostitute. However, her life changes when he meets her boyfriend’s cousin.
3. Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet): The movie tells the story of two brothers, one of them living at the edge of law, while the other one is a brilliant cop.
4. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard): Godard. 3D. Enough said.
5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers): The story of a singer-songwriter from the 60s who navigates New York’s music scene.
6. Only God Forgives (Nicholas Winding Refn): A story of revenge which takes place in Bangkok. A police lietenant and a gangster settle their differences in a boxing match.
7. Tom a la ferme (Xavier Dolan): Returning with a family drama as his trademark, Dolan’s movie tells a story of a man who meets his lover’s family, not knowing that they were not aware of his son’s sexual orientation.
8. La grande bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino): A veteran journalist remembers his passionate youth.
9. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen): After his European tour, Woody Allen returns to his native New York, with a film about the a woman’s mid-life crysis.
10. The Past (Asghar Farhadi): Little is known about the plot of Farhadi’s next movie; all we can say for now is that it’s a love story combined with the immigration theme.
11. A los ojos (Michel Franco): The relationship between a mother and his son in these unstable economical times.
12. Blind Detective (Johnnie To): After witnessing a bank robbery, a retired and blind cop teams up with a female inspector hoping to solve the case.
13. Her (Spike Jonze): A writer falls in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system.
14. Twelve Years of Slave (Steve McQueen): Solomon Narthup is a black musician who in 1850 was kidnapped and tried to be sold as a slave in the South.
15. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch): An eternal love story between two vampires.
16. Knight of cups (Terrence Malick): A story of temptations and excess by one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers.
17. Under the Skin (Jonathn Glazer): An human-like alien travels through Scotland.
18. An Enemy (Denis Villeneuve): A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.
19. Bird People (Pascale Ferran): A story about a person in search of a fresh beginning. An American who flies to Paris, disconnects his mobile phone and starts a new life.
20. Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski): An actress tries to convice a director how she is the perfect choice for the main role in his upcoming production.