The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday and it will run through May 25. Do you like this year’s official poster as much as I do? It is based on a Marcello Mastroianni screen still taken from Federico Fellini’s 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963. Organizers said that, in Mastroianni and Fellini, “we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures.”
Chiara Mastroianni, the actor’s and Catherine Deneuve’s daughter, said that the poster made her “very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It’s really him through and through.”
• My film recommendation this week: The Ghost Writer (2010), directed by Roman Polanski. A political thriller that has a ghost writer (Ewan McGreggor) recruited to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). Tense and skillfully controlled, with an incredible attention to details and visual witticism, the film builds up suspense in a way that reminds me of Hitchcock’s movies – it’s no news that noir and Hitchcock’s films are my favourite kind of cinema. It is a thrill when a director of the old class makes good movies nowadays.
• Resonance: the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi, Venice, explores the photographer’s works, through December 14th.
• I want one of each of Vika Gazinskaya’s silk scarves for & Other Stories. In fact, her entire collection for the brand is lovely.
• I can’t imagine summer without a pretty panama hat. I like Cuyana’s philosophy, too: “We believe in both beauty and intentional buying.” (To wear with this beautiful Misson-style multicolour clutch.)
• I salute any initiative across the world to Save the Bookshop. This is just part of an article in the April issue of Vogue Italia worth mentioning. And Il giro d’Italia in 80 librerie (The Tour of Italy in 80 Bookshops) is one of these initiatives: throughout a few months a relay of publishers and authors will cycle from the north to the south of the country, stopping by 80 bookshops along the way, in an attempt to raise awareness for environment, social and cultural responsibility.
poster design: Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier