Catherine Deneuve to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival

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Catherine Deneuve [Courtesy photo]

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.

Barbera also described Deneuve as “an indisputable talent at the service of a gift for acting, plus a sophisticated and rare beauty, attributes which have helped make her the very symbol of French cinema, a timeless diva and a true icon of the silver screen. From one of the key figures of the Nouvelle Vague and a privileged example of a concept of style that is associated with French fashion, Catherine Deneuve has come to embody the essence of the universally recognized diva, taking her place as one of the greatest actresses in film history.”

The 79th Venice International Film Festival is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 10 in Italy.


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