The director, actress and American producer, Jodie Foster, will be the guest of honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday 6 July. Foster will also receive the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or in recognition of her “brilliant artistic journey, and a unique personality with a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time.” She follows in the footsteps of Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.
“Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much, it has completely changed my life,” says Foster. “Although I had already directed before, my first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me. Showcasing one of my films here has always been a dream of mine. In fact, I have had several opportunities to fulfil my dream. Cannes is a film festival by auteur-filmakers who honour artists. And I greatly appreciate that.”
In May 1976, at only 13 years of age, Foster climbed the stairs at the Palais Croisette for the screening of “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese, and left with a Palme d’or. Since 1976 she has split her time between acting and directing, and has received Oscars for “The Accused” in 1989 and “The Silence of the Lamb” in 1992.
A trusted friend of Festival de Cannes – seven of Foster’s films have been showcased at the festival. “Jodie never ceases to reinvent herself,” says General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux. “She questions with her piercing gaze, learns from others, and is willing to step back from her beliefs in order to forge new morals. Do what is fair. An idea that she strives to convey in the decisions she makes as an actress and director, and which makes her so precious during our confusing times. We will honour her with warmth and admiration!”