The Cannes Film Festival isn't just a place where stars parade around the red carpet in their most glamorous outfits and beauty looks. The Festival also recognizes the best of cinema and honours those who have left their mark in the prestigious world of art.
There is no doubt that 2016 has been a year of goodbyes to some of the greatest legends to have touched the artistic scene. After the tragic deaths of David Bowie, Rene Angelil, and Alan Rickman, the world said farewell to the iconic singer and songwriter, Prince, on April 21. Just days after the death of "A Kid from Minneapolis," The Hollywood Reporter announced that the Cannes Film Festival will honour the pop legend at the festivals 69th edition held from May 11th to 22nd.
PRINCE AND CINEMA
Not only was Prince a legendary pop singer and outstanding musician, he was also a fashion devotee and a true fan of cinema. In the 80s and 90s, he even tried his luck as an actor, director and composer of soundtracks for the big screen.
It was in the movie Purple Rain that the pop legend landed his first film role, while he used his creativity and interest in directing for the production of the film Under the Cherry Moon, a musical performed on the French Riviera with actress, Kristin Scott Thomas. Sign 'O' the Times, Prince's ninth studio album at the height of his success, is also immortalized by the cameras. Finally, In 1990, "The Kid" and his rock-club rival (Morris Day) disagree about music in a sequel to the 1984 film Purple Rain, titled Graffiti Bridge.
Prince also managed to combine his song writing talent with his passion for cinema. The late legendary artist might be most famous for his turn on the big screen in Purple Rain, but his songs have played in countless other films, from Risky Business and Pretty Woman, to Tim Burton's Batman, and Spike Lee's R-rated film Girl 6, many of which were accompanied by full soundtrack albums written entirely by Prince.
With his contribution to the world of music and cinema, it is no surprise that the famous Cannes Film Festival will pay homage to Prince, a true legend of the 20th century.