Image features an enigmatic Juliette Binoche

Un femme, un mystere, un poster.

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival unveils its official poster this week, and once again the fest takes its annual image into a slightly new direction.

Looking a little enigmatic, Juliette Binoche is seen painting with light, with the word “Cannes” superimposed on her illuminated artwork.

The photo was taken by Brigitte Lacombe, the N.Y.-based French photog. The fest says Binoche is an allegorical figure of cinema “who gives life to the image with a single stroke of her luminous brush.”

This year offers a variation of the Gallic phrase plus c’est la meme chose, plus ca change. A recent Cannes poster tradition has been the woman of mystery: A silhouette on a staircase (59th edition), a woman whose eyes are obscured by a black box (61st) and a B&W woman, shot from behind, inspired by “L’Avventura” (62nd).

The fest calls this a “series of heroines as representations of screen mysteries.”

Cherchez la femme.

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