Venice Film Festival Unveils Arty Poster Featuring Nastassja Kinski, Jean-Pierre Leaud

Venice Film Festival Unveils Arty Poster

ROME – The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the poster for its 72nd edition which pays tribute to actress Nastassja Kinski and, in the background, France’s Jean-Pierre Leaud in the final frame of Francois Truffaut’s “The Four Hundred Blows.”

Both are art-house cinema icons. Nastassja Kinski is meant to encapsulate indie cinema in the 80’s. “The film might be ‘Paris, Texas’ by Wim Wenders,” the fest said in a statement.

In the background is a tiny portrait of Leaud, who was the star of last year’s Venice poster. Recent Venice posters are all by Italian graphic designer and director Simone Massi, also author of the fest’s signature opening visuals, shown before each screening.

The Venice fest will run September 2-12 2015. The lineup will be announced July 29.

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  1. When I witnessed Nastassja Kinski in the 1983 James Toback film Exposed I saw something that radiated pure enchantment. Then I saw it again in Polanski’s exquisite Tess. Then, I witnessed it in Wender’s Paris Texas. Then, the underrated Maria’s Lovers directed by Andrei Konchalovsky ( what an extraordinary film) and then Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “La lune dans le caniveau” (Moon In The Gutter).
    Nastassja Kinksi emitted something no other actress has ever accomplished. It was a review in Variety for the film Exposed that sums it up; “Natassja Kinski breaks the barrier between audience and screen”
    She represented an individual void of conformity. To see her cast in such poor films after 1993 was a painful experience. I can imagine a documentary made about her presence. I still recall the dream I had 20 years ago where her and I shared a moment on a green hillside as she walked with a boy named Oats and a bearded man with long hair in a white gown.

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