Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes  Film Festival will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this yeay. The 70th annual Film Fesitval is scheduled to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017. Spanish film director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar has been selected as the President of the Jury for the festival with Italian actress Monica Bellucci hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. Ismael’s Ghosts, directed by French director Arnaud Desplechin,  has been selected as the opening film for the festival.

The official poster of the festival revealed featuring Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. The actress responded:

I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes, and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around … Happy anniversary!

Claudia Cardinale

Today 60 years ago, Her Highness the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III arrivés, as a guest of honer, at the opening of The 10th Cannes  Film Festival, 1957 with her step grandson Her Highness prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan Cannes Film Festival

Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III and Karim Aga Khan IV arrive at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1957

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan Cannes Film Festival

Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III is greeted by Mrs William Wyler at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1957.

Her Higness La Bégum used to assemble the members of the Cannes film festival jury, and many national and international movie stars, at her villa Yakymour , on a hillside at Avenue Victoria, Le Cannet, above Cannes.

The 10th Cannes Film Festival was held on 2-17 May 1957. The Palmed d’Or went to the Friendly Persuasion by William Wyler. The festival opened with Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Anderson.

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