” The 70th Festival De Cannes promises a celebration in passionate red and sparkling gold.” 
        The world famous Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 70th celebration of film from May 17 through the 28th. The festival released its official poster recently that features Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. The poster is an image of Cardinale in her younger years dancing on the rooftops of Rome. The legendary actress is known for appearing in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 60’s and 70’s, primarily Italian and French. 

         Cardinale became an international star with classic films like Once Upon a Time in the West, The Proffesionals, The Leopard and 8 1/2. The actress has been a longtime advocate of women’s rights and is a UNESCO goodwill  ambassador for The Defense of Women’s Rights. In a recent statement, she expresses how honored she feels to represent the festival this year; “This photo reminds me of my origins, and of a time when I never dreamed of climbing the steps of the world’s most famous cinema hall.”

     In addition, Monica Bellucci will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the festival and Pedro Almodovar will be President of the Jury. 


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