Cannes Poaster
Credit: Marilyn Monroe photo by Otto L. Bettmann

Gentlemen prefer Cannes, right?

If it wasn’t already the Year of Marilyn Monroe, it is now. Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, the Cannes Film Festival has selected Marilyn Monroe as the icon for its 2012 festival. A just-released poster for the festival shows a glamorous Monroe blowing out a candle from a birthday cake, a haunting image considering that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death in 1962.

Cannes released a statement regarding the choice: “Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality — a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival will run from May 16 – 27. Check out the full version of the ever-classy poster below:

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