The great French actress Catherine Deneuve was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Venice Biennale International Film Festival – August 31th. trough September 10th. 2022).

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Venice Biennale, which adopted the proposal of the Director of the Exhibition Alberto Barbera.

The award to the great French actress will be presented during the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

It is a joy to receive this prestigious award at the Venice Film Festival, which I love and have known for a long time, since Luis Buñuel’s Bella di Giorno received the Golden Lion at the time – said Catherine Deneuve – It is also an honor to be she was chosen for this homage by the Mostra, because she accompanied me very often for so many films. Thank you. With friendship.

Speaking of this recognition, Director Alberto Barbera declared: “An impressive number of films, most of which are great international successes. An equally sizeable amount of awards obtained in major festivals in the world, to which must be added an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, a rare privilege for a non-American artist. A succession of artistic partnerships with some of the most important European directors and actors: Roger Vadim, Jacques Demy, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Marco Ferreri, Marcello Mastroianni and Gérard Depardieu. An indisputable talent at the service of interpreter skills to which a refined and out of the ordinary beauty have contributed to making her the very face of French cinema, a timeless diva, a true icon of the big screen. From being one of the most representative figures of the Nouvelle Vague and privileged witness of an idea of ​​style that is identified with fashion from beyond the Alps, Catherine Deneuve has gone on to embody the essence of the universally recognized diva, establishing herself among the greatest interpreters of cinema history. For these reasons, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement that the Venice Biennale International Film Festival attributes to it on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the first edition of the Venetian festival, after the Golden Lion won with Bella di day of Luis Buñuel in 1967 and the Volpi Cup as best actress for Place Vendôme by Nicole Garcia in 1998 ”.

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