David Lynch will get star billing at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival next month — although not with a film.
The fest’s official poster, to be unveiled this week , was created by artist Pierre Collier around a Lynch photograph of a bust of a platinum blonde woman with her eye area blacked out. The tantalizing poster marks the fest’s 61st year.
Organizers say they want the richly visual poster to set the tone for the fest, which runs May 14-25, and that it’s a tribute to Lynch’s vision.
Lynch has been a Cannes regular, winning the Palme d’Or for “Mulholland Drive” and “Wild at Heart.”
Collier, an acclaimed cinema poster artist who lives in France, set the photograph against a black background, with simple white and red lettering. It’s a sharp contrast with last year’s poster, which featured a kinetic mix of nine film-biz notables. In other recent years, fest posters featured semi-abstract graphics.
Collier created his first cinema poster for 1986 for Claire Devers’s “Noir et blanc,” which won the Camera d’Or.