The poster has faced criticism. French Le Monde, which has provided a handy slider tool to show the difference between the two images, asks, “Is Claudia Cardinale not enough 'perfect' to appear as it was at the Cannes Film Festival? Apparently not".
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But Cardinale herself, now aged 78, has called it a “false controversy”. She told AFP:
This is a poster that, beyond representing me, represents a dance, a flight. This image has been retouched to accentuate this effect of lightness and transpose me into a dreamed character, it is a sublimation.
indy100 has contacted Cannes Film Festival for comment.