The final frame of François Truffaut‘s The 400 Blows is the center art for the 71st Venice International Film Festival poster which was released recently.  The boy portrayed in the close-up is Antoine Doinel, the main character and the director’s alter ego in his other titles (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud).  Image is the final frame of the film, after Antoine escapes from reform school and stares into the camera.

'400 Blows' centerpiece of Venice Film Festival PosterFor the third year in a row, Italian animator Simone Massi designed the Venice Film Festival poster.  Massi, a 2012 David di Donatello winner for best short film, also designed the opening sequence which over the last two years has preceded films playing at the festival.  The sequence is comprised of 300 hand-drawn illustrations that quote such legendary Euro directors as Federico Fellini, Theo Angelopoulos, Wim Wenders and Truffaut. The Venice International Film Festival will run from August 27 to September 6 and as previously announced Alexandre Desplat will head the competition jury, the first time a composer has served as a jury president in the festival’s history.  The official lineup for the 2014 fest will be announced at their Rome press conference on July 24.