This year’s Cannes Film Festival will honour actress Ingrid Bergam, who features on the poster for the world’s most prestigious film festival which opens next month. Based on a photograph by Magnum agency’s David Seymour, the poster was created by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designed Gilles Frappier who were behind last year’s festival poster of Italian actor Marcello Mastroiani.
Isabella Rossellini, Bergman’s daughter, said her family were deeply moved her mother had been chosen for the official poster on what would have been her centenary year. “Her outstanding career covered so many countries, from the smallest European independent films to the greatest Hollywood productions. Mum adored working as an actress: For her, acting was not a profession but vocation. As she put it, ‘I didn’t choose acting, acting chose me,” said Rossellini.
The organisers of the festival described Bergman as an actress who “changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her. but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity. Adding she embodies the values of “liberty, audacity and modernity” that are shared by Cannes.
Bergman served as president of the festival’s jury in 1973 when the competition’s top prize was jointly awarded to Scarecrow directed by Jerry Schatzberg and Alan Bridges’ The Hireling.
The 68th edition of the festival will take place on May 13-24. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen will preside over the jury. The official selection will be unveiled on April 16th.