Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 2014 Cannes Competition

On the eve of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, a poster round-up of the films in competition.
Adrian Curry

Above: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep (Turkey).

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off again on Wednesday and, as I have for the past three years, I’ve tried to find as many posters (or at least digital keyart) for the 18 films in competition. When I did this last year, one of the four films that had no key art at all was Nebraska, the poster for which ended up being my favorite poster of 2013. This year, of the no-shows, I’m holding out the best hope for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (not that Leigh posters have a great track record, but this being a film about England’s greatest painter...).

The 2014 stand-out for me so far is the poster for the film I would most love to be seeing if I were in Cannes this year: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep. This striking mixture of painting and photography is based on an illustration titled “Despair (the Mad Musician)” for a Dostoevsky’s short story Netochka Nezvanova by Russian artist Ilya Glazunov.

Another highlight is the illustrated poster for Alice Rohrwacher’s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), an unsettling painting with the glow of a religious icon. And the creepy teaser for Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent seems to promise a new twist on a recently oft-told tale. But most of the posters, as is to be expected this early in the game, are nothing all that special; with the exception of the more commercial and rather conventional posters for Ken Loach and Tommy Lee Jones’ competition entries, most are simply type slapped on photographs, place-holders for something more elaborate to come post-Cannes.

Above: Alice Rohrwacher’s Le Meraviglie (Italy).

Above: Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent (France).

Above: Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria (France).

Above: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (Canada).

Above: Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au Langage (France).

Above: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Belgium).

Above: Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water (Japan). 

Above: Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu (Mauritania).

Above: Atom Egoyan’s Captives (Canada).

Above: Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman (USA).

Above: Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (Ireland/UK).

Above: Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales (Argentina).

Above: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (Russia).


Update May 20: posters added for three missing titles.

Above: Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (USA).

Above: Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search (France).

Above: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (Canada).

Update July 24: finally a poster for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (UK).

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