See a Radiant Ingrid Bergman on the New Poster for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

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With the 2015 Cannes Film Festival now under two months away, today we’re pleased to see the official poster for this year’s 68th annual celebration, featuring the timeless Ingrid Bergman. Created by Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier, the poster was based on a photograph by David Seymour, alongside an animated video which remixes the festival’s theme song, “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged by Patrik Andersson and Andreas Söderström.

Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman was a modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism. She changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her, but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity.

This year’s poster captures the actress, who worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman, and starred opposite Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck, in all her beauty, her face lit up by a calm serenity that seems to herald a promising future.

Liberty, audacity, modernity – values also shared by the Festival, year after year, through the artists and films it showcases. Ingrid Bergman, who was President of the Jury in 1973, encouraged this journey…

“My family and I are deeply moved that the Festival de Cannes has chosen to feature our magnificent mother on the official poster to mark the centenary of her birth,” said Isabella Rossellini. “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.’ ”

We’ve still got a couple weeks to go before Cannes announces their 2015 line-up, but stay turned as we’ll be keeping a close on our hopefuls for the fest. 


What You’ll Be Obsessing Over This September From the Criterion Collection

As summer just begins to creep upon us, September may seem like a distant and chilly dream. But when it comes to Criterion Collection releases, we couldn’t be more excited for the months to race ahead. And after our film fancies will be tickled with their new editions of Safety Last!, The Ice Storm, Babette’s Feast, and many more this summer, Criterion announced yesterday that September will provide a diverse range of classics—from low-budget 1990s cult hits, to a slew of Ingrid Bergman treasures. So in case you need some brushing up on what to get excited for, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy.

La cage aux folles (1978)

This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.  


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

A  film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with a beautiful librarian, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career.  


Autumn Sonata (1978)

Over the course of a long, painful night that the two spend together after an extended separation, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship. This cathartic pas de deux, evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors by the great Sven Nykvist, ranks among Ingmar Bergman’s major dramatic works.  


Slacker  (1991)

Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.  


3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman

A series of films that are works of both sociopolitical concern and metaphysical melodrama, each starring Bergman as a woman experiencing physical dislocation and psychic torment in postwar Italy. It also famously led to a scandalous affair and eventual marriage between filmmaker and star, and the focus on their personal lives in the press unfortunately overshadowed the extraordinary films they made together. Stromboli, Europe ’51, and Journey to Italy are intensely personal portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actor at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition.