French star Alain Delon to receive Honorary Palme dOr at Cannes

Alain Delon to be felicitated with Palme dOR award at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. File photo. Wikimedia Commons

Cannes Film Festival is set to fete French movie legend Alain Delon with an Honorary Palme dOr.

Delon is known for his starring roles in Luchino Viscontis “The Leopard”, which won the Palme dOr in 1963, “Rocco And His Brothers”, “Purple Noon” (“Plein Soleil”), “The Eclipse”, “The Samurai”, “The Swimming Pool” and “Le Cercle Rouge”.

Calling Delon a “giant, a living legend, a global icon (and even) a box office champion,” the festival said the honorary Palme dOr will “pay tribute to (Delons) wonderful presence in the history of film.

“Pierre Lescure and I are delighted that Alain Delon has accepted to be honoured by the festival,” said Thierry Fremaux, Cannes artistic director. He added that Delon “hesitated for a long time, having long been reluctant to (accept) this Palme dOr because he thought he should only come to Cannes to celebrate the directors he had been working with.”

Delon, who is nicknamed Spring Samurai in Japan, has featured in more than 80 films and worked with some of the world cinemas most celebrated filmmakers, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Visconti, Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean-Luc Godard, and starred alongside some of the greatest movie stars, including Romy Schneider, Jean Gabin, Yves Montand and Lino Ventura.

Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Agnes Varda and Jean-Pierre Leaud have all previously been received an honorary Palme dOr.

The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival will run May 14-25.

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