The Palme d’Or was created in 1955 to replace the Grand Prix du Festival in Cannes and it is currently the highest accolade up for grabs at the festival. So, in a recent post for the BFI Isabel Stevens posed the question: why not have a Palme d’Or for posters?
In her post she reviews a selection of posters for the films chosen for this year’s Cannes program and chooses Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor as her winning design, with Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights as a close runner-up.
She also highlights other beautiful posters, such as the design for Kent Jones’s filmmaker tribute Hitchcock/Truffaut which riffs on Saul Bass and Hitch’s famously portly shilouette; Gaspar Noé‘s posters Spring Breakers and for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
In contrast to the hierarchical structure of the festival, her selection is entirely democratic, covering all strands from the hallowed Competition to Critics’ Week to short films – just to show that you don’t need a huge budget to create a memorable paper trailer for a film.
Check out the full piece and all the posters in her BFI website.