May 20, 2023

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Photographs by GREG WILLIAMS

Catherine Deneuve is in Cannes this year. She attended the inauguration ceremony at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and read Lesya Ukrainka’s poem Hope, reciting the piece in French, which was written by the Ukrainian poetess in 1880, when she was eight years old. The poem is translated to English below:

I have no happiness, and I am not free,
There’s only one hope left for me:
To return to Ukraine once again,
And see my native land in the end,
Have another look at the blue Dnipro –
No matter if I live or die there alone;
Have one more look at the steppe and graves,
Let one last passionate reverie rave…
I have no happiness, and I am not free,
There’s only one hope left for me.

Undoubtedly an icon of the silver screen – photographs of the French actress in the ’60s and ’70s are some of the most memorable from the era. This year in Cannes, she is everywhere, because one of those images – photographed on the Côte d’Azur in 1968, during the shooting of La Chamade directed by Alain Cavalier – features as the official poster of the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

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