Grande dame of French Cinema gets DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award
French actress Catherine Deneuve (Right) attends the opening ceremony and premiere of "La Tete Haute" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival - on May 13, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Facebook)
Catherine Deneuve, the grande dame of French cinema, will be honoured at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this month when she is presented with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade will recognise Deneuve’s illustrious career which spans almost 60 years and includes more than 120 films.
Deneuve made her silver screen debut in 1957 aged just 13 and went on to make a name for herself for her impressive portrayal of enigmatic female leads. Her eminent career has seen her nominated for an astonishing 31 César awards including winning Best Actress for Le Dernier Métro (1980), a romantic drama set in 1940s France, and Indochine (1992), Regis Wargnier’s epic about French Indochina for which she also received a Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination at the Academy Awards. For one of her best-known roles, as the lead in Belle du Jour (1967), she was also nominated as Best Actress at the BAFTA Film Awards.
Speaking about the importance of DIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival, Abdulhamid Juma, said: “Catherine Deneuve is an icon and one of the most influential women in cinema. Her contribution to film across the globe has been phenomenal and we are proud to be honouring her incredible talents at the Festival this year. DIFF is about more than just showcasing film; it is about bridging cultures and bringing worlds together and this sentiment is reflected in the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement awards which will see talented individuals from all around the world recognised for their outstanding contribution to cinema.”
Speaking on her nomination, Catherine Deneuve added: “It is such an honour to receive the Dubai International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I have been lucky enough to work all over the world and to have my work recognised here in the Middle East as well is testament to the cross-cultural and universal appeal of film.”
DIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Awards are dedicated to honouring the world’s greatest film industry actors, writers, directors and producers. Previous honourees include Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Michael Apted, and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
The 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival takes place from December 9 – 16, 2015.
This press release was issued by DIFF.
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