The Cannes Film Festival will host a special tribute to the legendary Prince, who passed away Thursday at the age of 57. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had a close affinity to cinema. The singer-songwriter won an Academy Award for Best Original Song score for the semi-autobiographical 1984 film Purple Rain, in which he also starred and which, of course, lent its name to his iconic album featuring hits such as “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Prince also directed the 1986 musical drama Under The Cherry Moon, which provided some great music to an uneven movie. That film shot in and around the Cote d’Azur. Memorably, if somewhat incongruously, Prince also provided the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. In later years, Prince provided the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Girl 6.
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.