Cannes Film Festival: Michael Douglas will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival: Michael Douglas will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or

michael douglas will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival of this year. The festival will honor the actor and present him with the award during the Opening Ceremony on May 16.

“It’s always a breath of fresh air to be in Cannes, which has long provided a wonderful platform for bold creators, artistic audacity and storytelling excellence,” said Douglas.

As part of the tribute, the festival will screen an unpublished documentary of Amine Mesta about Douglas titled Michael Douglas, The Prodigal Are On the festival site for two days, the documentary was produced by Folamour and will be broadcast by Arte.

The doc synopsis reads: “This special documentary shows us how Michael, an actor and producer like his father Kirk, had to embrace his resemblance throughout his remarkable career to assert his difference. The time to learn how to become Michael when your name is Douglas.”

Douglas has a long history with the festival, first on the Croisette for the 32nd edition of the festival for the premiere of China Syndrome next to the director James Bridges and the co-stars Jane Fonda and jack lemmon. In 1992, thirteen years later, Douglas joined Sharon Stone and the Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven on the Croisette for the premiere of low instincts, which was screened in Competition. Douglas had a third participation in Competition in 1993 with falling down of Joel Schumacher.

The last appearance of the actor fey attractionHe was at Cannes in 2013 for the debut of the all-star ensemble drama of Steven Soderbergh Behind the Candelabra. The film, which also starred Matt Damonwas screened in Competition and won the Palm Dog Award.

Past recipients of the honorary award include Forest Whitaker, Jodie Foster and bernardo bertolucci. The gong was first bestowed on ingmar bergman in 1997.

Added Douglas: “From my first time here in 1979 for The China Syndrome to my most recent premiere of Behind the Candelabra in 2013, the Festival has always reminded me that the magic of cinema is not just in what we see on screen but in its ability to impact people around the world. After more than 50 years in business, it is an honor to return to the Croisette to open the Festival and embrace our shared global film language.”

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