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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 2012 Cannes Competition

On the opening day of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: a poster round-up of the films in competition.

Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country (S. Korea)

Movie Poster of the Week is a couple of days early because this Friday I myself will also be on the beach and in another country, scoping out the billboards on the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival. As I did last year, I’ve gathered together as many posters as I could find for the twenty-two films in the official competition. Some films, like Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly and Leos Carax’s Holy Motors (two of the films I’m most eagerly anticipating) don’t have any keyart yet, and some films have a press kit cover at best (I’ve included those at the end). Meanwhile here are the posters in no particular order, though top loaded with the ones I find most interesting.

Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico)

Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (France)

Ken Loach’s The Angel’s Share (UK)

Im Sang-soo’s The Taste of Money (S. Korea)

Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone (France)

The French poster for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (USA)

The French poster for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (Canada)

Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy (USA)

The French poster for Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog (Russia)

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Denmark)

The French poster for Matteo Garrone’s Reality (Italy)

Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Love (Austria)

Walter Salles’s On the Road (USA)

A French poster for Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu, Romania)

A teaser poster for John Hillcoat’s Lawless (USA)

The press kit cover for Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love (Japan)

The press kit cover for Yousry Nasrallah’s After the Battle (Egypt)

The press kit cover for Michael Haneke’s Amour (France)

Also in competition:

Léos Carax’s Holy Motors (France)
Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly (USA)
Jeff Nichols’ Mud (USA)

The Regadas poster is by far the most striking, although I can’t read the last few letters.
Funny how retro specific some of these examples are. The Paperboy looks like it humped out of the 1970s, while Reality looks very 1960s. The Resnais one looks a lot like it rolled out of the 1980s for me. I am a sucker for Wes Anderson, so Moonrise is going to be a favorite. For some reason, I like the Audiard a lot. There’s a lot of rawness to the shot and lettering.
I like the Audiard too, although maybe it’s just excitement for the film spilling over… I hadn’t seen that French MOONRISE, but props must be given to the US teaser poster, which I realized is a painting after seeing it in a lobby recently. A real work of beauty!
Took a picture of the two “Amour” character posters at the Market yesterday:!/montages/status/203048574089560064/photo/1
Thanks Karsten! Here is a clickable link if people want to see the Amour posters.
I’m loving Reygadas’ “Post Tenebras Lux” poster.
Reygadas poster is very interesting, he managed to make a ostentatious title look friendly, attractive and even psychedelic. I’m eager to see the film!
Update: I just added the poster for Beyond the Hills. And I just discovered another—less striking but still intriguing—poster for Post Tenebras Lux here.
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