Organizers announced, on Wednesday, that American actress Jodie Foster will receive the Golden Palm award at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in recognition of her work.
With the appreciation previously received by Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jane Fonda and Jane Moreau,
An excellent artistic career, a rare personality, and a discreet but clear commitment to the problems of our time
Honoring the festival according to the announcement. The two-time Academy Award-winning actress will be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony.
“Jodie Foster is giving us a wonderful gift by coming to the Croisette to celebrate the festival’s return. Festival Director Pierre Lescurre emphasized his brilliance, he embodies modernity and outstanding intelligence due to his independence and demand for freedom,” noting that the American star was a returning guest at the festival.
Jodie Foster was asked to chair the international jury in 2001, but was eventually unable to accept her due to the filming of David Fincher’s thriller Panic Room. “It gives me great pleasure that you thought of me in Cannes and I am honored to be able to pass on some wise thoughts and tell some adventures to another generation of filmmakers,” the actress was quoted as saying in a statement to the festival.
The 74th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on July 6 with a French-language musical, Annette, directed by French director Leos Carax, starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. The Golden Palm and other awards will be presented at a closing ceremony on July 17 by a jury chaired by American director Spike Lee.
The list of films invited to the official selection will be announced at a press conference in Paris on Thursday, but it is already known that Dutch director Paul Verhoeven Benedetta and American director Wes Anderson of comedy The French Dispatch may also compete for the Golden Palm award.