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When Cannes saw controversies

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When Cannes saw controversies

May 20, 2017 09:08 pm | Updated May 22, 2017 04:23 pm IST

People walk past the official poster, featuring actress Claudia Cardinale, inside the festival palace.

People walk past the official poster, featuring actress Claudia Cardinale, inside the festival palace.

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.

70th Cannes Film Festival - Photocall of the jury - Cannes, France. 17/05/2017. Director Pedro Almodovar, Jury President of the 70th Cannes Film Festival and Jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith pose.     REUTERS/Eric Gaillard     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

70th Cannes Film Festival - Photocall of the jury - Cannes, France. 17/05/2017. Director Pedro Almodovar, Jury President of the 70th Cannes Film Festival and Jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith pose. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

 

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.

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