Lights out: The official poster of the 70th Cannes film festival in France shows Italian actress Claudia Cardinale swinging her skirt. Taken on a rooftop in Rome in 1959, the poster courted controversy, with organisers being accused of air-brushing the original picture. Director of the Cannes film festival Thierry Fremaux told AFP that the poster had been "very well received", and Cardinale herself, now 78, said in a statement that she was delighted with the choice. "It's the image I myself have of the festival, of an event that illuminates everything around." The actress featured in Frederico Fellini's 8 1/2.
Other controversies have dogged Cannes this year, with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and American actor Will Smith, two jury members of the Palme d'Or, clashing publicly over whether two films of streaming service Netflix should be allowed to be screened at the festival. They were joined by actress Jessica Chastain at a press conference before the festival began on May 17 that will go on till May 28.