Jodie Foster will this year receive the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She will be the special guest at the opening ceremony on July 6 to collect her prize.
The prize, which has already been awarded to personalities such as Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon, rewards the achievement of an artistic career and a commitment to big issues.
In total, seven films by Foster, as actor or director, were screened in Cannes. She attended the festival in 1976 at just 13 years old with Taxi driver, who finally left with the Palme d’Or.
“Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much, it has completely changed my life. My first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me. Showing one of my films here has always been a dream of mine, ”said Foster of receiving the award. “I am flattered that Cannes has thought of me and I am very honored to be able to share a few words of wisdom or recount an adventure or two with a new generation of filmmakers.”
“Jodie Foster gave us a great gift by coming to celebrate the return of the Festival on the Croisette. Its aura is unparalleled: it embodies modernity, the radiant intelligence of independence and the need for freedom, ”added Pierre Lescure, president of the festival.
“Jodie keeps reinventing herself. She questions with her piercing gaze, learns from others and is ready to take a step back from her beliefs to forge new mores. Do what’s right. An idea that she strives to convey in the decisions she makes as an actress and director, and which makes her so precious in these confused times. we will honor him with warmth and admiration ”, declared the general delegate of the festival, Thierry Frémaux.