Twice César for best actress, palme d’honneur at Cannes in 2005, Catherine Deneuve will receive an honorary Golden Lion at the Italian festival which is held from August 31 to September 10.
French actress Catherine Deneuve will receive an honorary Golden Lion at 79e Venice festival, which will be held from August 31 to September 10, announced Wednesday the Mostra, the oldest film festival in the world which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.e anniversary. “It is a joy to receive this prestigious prize at the Venice Film Festival, which I love and have known for a long time, since “beautiful day” by Luis Buñuel had received the Golden Lion»responded the 78-year-old actress, quoted in the festival press release.
For Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice International Film Festival, this choice was obvious given the “impressive number of films” worn by the French actress, “most of which are major international hits.” The director also reports “the equally remarkable number of prizes” received by Catherine Deneuve, notably two Césars for best actress, one for The Last Metro by François Truffaut in 1981 and the other for Indochina by Régis Wargnier in 1993, which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress in a lead role, “a rare privilege for an artist who is not American”confided the director of the Venice Film Festival.
Then Catherine Deneuve also received a Palme d’honneur at Cannes in 2005, as well as the Silver Bear for best artistic contribution at Berlin in 2002 for eight women by Francois Ozon. “An undeniable talent in the service of an acting gift, plus a sophisticated and rare beauty, attributes that have contributed to making her the very symbol of French cinema, a timeless diva and a true icon of the big screen”, added Alberto Barbera.
Symbol of French cinema
This choice was also supported by the list of prestigious directors with whom Catherine Deneuve worked during her career. Among these, the actress appeared in front of Roger Vadim’s camera in 1963 in vice and virtue, a feature film based on the work of the Marquis de Sade, alongside Annie Girardot and Robert Hossein. Four years later, in 1967, she appeared on the movie poster beautiful day by Luis Buñuel alongside Jean Sorel and Macha Méril. Several big names in the seventh art therefore, to which we must add, among others, Jacques Demy, Roman Polanski, Marco Ferreri, Marcello Mastroianni, Gérard Depardieu and Lars von Trier.