Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 2013 Cannes Competition

As the 2013 Cannes Film Festival gets underway: a poster round-up of the films in competition.
Adrian Curry

Above: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives (France/Denmark)

If there were a Palme d’Or for posters (and there used to be) then this widely seen neon devil teaser for Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives would seem to have it in the bag right now. The rest of the posters for the films in the main Competition at Cannes this year are a somewhat lackluster bunch. Truth be told, some may be nothing more than press kit covers (the Jarmusch and the Kore-eda), and some are only promos rushed out in the short window of opportunity before the festival. This time last year, one of the films that ended up having the most interesting posters of all, Holy Motors, had nothing to show for itself come festival time. Among this year’s crop I’m quite fond of two of the most finished looking of the posters: Grigris and Heli, both of which pair arresting type with striking photography; and I do love Léa Seydoux’s shock of blue hair and hand-lettered back for Blue is the Warmest Color. I’ve managed to gather 16 posters (which I present in alphabetical order, by English title) out of the 20 films in Competition, and I hope to add the other four as they appear.

Above: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra (USA)

Above: Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color (France)

Above: Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman (The Netherlands)

Above: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (Italy/France)

Above: Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Grigris (Chad)

Above: Amat Escalante’s Heli (Mexico)

Above: Joel & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis (USA)

Above: Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (France)

Above: Hirozaku Koreeda’s Like Father, Like Son (Japan)

Above: Arnaud des Pallières’s Michael Kohlhaas (France/Germany)

Above: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (USA)

Above: Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (France)

Above: Takashi Miike’s Straw Shield (Japan)

Above: Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (China)

Above: François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful (France)

Also in Competition:
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s A Castle in Italy (France)
James Gray’s The Immigrant (USA)
Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (USA)
Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (France)

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