Cannes Film Festival Celebrates Japanese Filmmaker Akira Kurosawa With 2024 Poster

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the poster for its upcoming 77th edition which pays tribute to Japanese master Akira Kurosawa and his late career feature Rhapsody in August.

The image shows a scene from the pic with a family seated looking into the distance. The camera captures them from behind. Scroll down to check out the poster below.

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Rhapsody in August debuted Out of Competition in Cannes in 1991. The film follows a grandmother who was a victim of the Nagasaki bombing on August 9, 1945, who passes on her faith in love and integrity as a bulwark against war to her grandchildren and her American nephew, with tenderness and contemplation. The pic was Kurosawa’s penultimate film. He was 81 when it was completed. His other credits include seminal features like Sanshiro Sugata, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Dersu Uzala, and Dodes’ka-den.

The festival said today that Kurosawa’s work “reminds us of the importance of coming together, and seeking harmony in all things.”

“Mirroring the movie theater, this poster celebrates the Seventh Art, with naivety and wonder. Because it gives everyone a voice, it enables emancipation. Because it remembers wounds, it combats oblivion. Because it bears witness to perils, it calls for union. Because it soothes trauma, it helps repair the living,” the festival’s statement said.

“In a fragile world that constantly questions otherness, the Festival de Cannes reaffirms a conviction: cinema is a universal sanctuary for expression and sharing. A place where our humanity is written as much as our freedom.”

The poster was created by Lionel Avignon and Stefan de Vivies at Hartland Villa.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14 to 25.

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