Marilyn Monroe is the face of Cannes 2012


Organizers of the 65th Cannes Film Festival have chosen to honour Marilyn Monroe by selecting a photo of the Hollywood sex goddess for the poster of this year’s event, which runs from May 16 to 27.

The organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “50 years after her death, Marilyn remains one of the major figures of world cinema, an eternal and contemporary reference of grace, mystery and seduction.

“Each of her screen appearances sparks the imagination. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality.”

The poster shows the American actress in the back of a car, eyelids lowered and lips pursed, blowing out a candle on a birthday cake. The image is taken from a photograph by Otto L. Bettmann, and the design is by the Bronx agency.

At last year’s festival news of the new film ‘My Week With Marilyn’, an account of the time Marilyn Monroe spent in Britain in 1957, was the talk of the croisette. The film earned Michelle Williams an Ocsar nomination for her role as the film star.

The poster is unveiled less than a week after French film The Artist, a tribute to Hollywood’s glamorous past, picked up five Oscars.

Cannes usually picks beautiful actresses for its posters. Last year it was Faye Dunaway.

Nanni Moretti, the satirical Italian filmmaker and 2001 Palme d’Or winner, heads the jury at this year’s festival on the French Riviera.