The Cannes Film Festival has announced it will pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe, who has been selected as the “icon” of the festival for its 65th anniversary. The event’s offical poster shows the star blowing out a birthday cake — although this image appears to be from inside a limousine rather than having to do with her famous rendition of the Happy Birthday song she sang to President John F Kennedy in 1962. In a statement, the festival said: “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. Each of her screen appearances sparks the imagination. 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 symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance.” The Cannes Film Festival runs May 16-27 this year.

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