WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Deneuve Honored at Venice Film Festival — Brandy McDonnell reports

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French film icon Catherine Deneuve will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

“It is a joy to receive this prestigious award at the Venice Festival, which I love and have known for a long time, since Belle de jour by Luis Buñuel received the Golden Lion in its day. It is also an honor to be chosen for this tribute at the Film Festival that has accompanied me so often for so many movies,” Deneuve said in a statement.

Along with starring in Buñuel’s 1967 Golden Lion-winning movie, Deneuve earned the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for best actress in Place Vendôme by Nicole Garcia in 1998.

Her selection for the honor was made by the board of La Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of the festival’s director, Alberto Barbera.

In a statement, Barbera cited Deneuve’s impressive number of movies, most of which have been major international successes, her many career accolades and her Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role for 1992’s Indochine, “a rare privilege for an artist who is not American.”

She has worked with several of Europe’s most acclaimed directors, including Buñuel, Jacques Demy, Francois Truffaut, Lars von Trier, Manoel De Oliveir and Roman Polanski. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.