Cannes film festival poster unveiled

The Cannes Festival organizers unveiled Monday, March 29, the poster for the 63rd edition of the leading international film event taking place between May 12 and 23 in the South of France.

The photo shows French actress Juliette Binoche writing "Cannes" with a luminous brush taken by New York-based French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

Binoche is one of the most internationally renowned French actresses, Academy Award and BAFTA winner for her role in the English Patient by Anthony Minghella in 1996; she also worked on several films with Austrian director Michael Haneke, who received the 2009 Palme d'Or for The White Ribbon.

The festival will open on May 12 with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood featuring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and William Hurt presented outside the official competition that will be announced on April 15 in Paris.

American director Tim Burton will head the international jury that will select the Palme d'Or laureate, one of the most prestigious film awards in the world to be announced on May 23.