The 65th Cannes Film Festival will be held this year between 16th and 27th May, and the official poster for the festival has now been released, with a photo of Marilyn Monroe blowing out a candle upon a cake, wishing the festival a happy 65th anniversary.

The photo was taken (of course) decades ago, by the late Otto L. Bettmann, and the festival released the following statement alongside their official poster for this year:

“On the occasion of its 65th anniversary, the Festival de Cannes pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe, selected as the icon of the 2012 Festival.

Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary.

Each of her screen appearances sparks the imagination. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary.
She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss.
The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”

Italian writer-director-actor-producer Nanni Moretti has been announced as head of this year’s jury, following on from the likes of Robert De Niro last year, and Tim Burton the year before.

As one of the most prestigious film festivals across the world, the yearly event is of course one of the biggest on the calendar in the industry, and it’s always something to look forward to the line-up of the festival to see what films we can look forward to in the year or so to come.

Last year’s festival saw the debuts of many great films, including Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris; Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (which won the coveted Palme d’Or); Michel Hazanavicius’ Oscar-winning The Artist; Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In; Lars von Trier’s Melancholia; and one of my personal favourite films of last year, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Here’s to hoping that this year’s line-up will be every bit as impressive.

Source: via FilmoFilia.