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Honorary Golden Palm for Bertolucci at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival, to run from May 11 to 20, has several aces up its sleeve. One of them this time will be an Honorary Palm d’Or for the renowned Italian director, Bernardo Bertolucci.

hollywood Updated: Apr 14, 2011 12:33 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

The Cannes Film Festival, to run from May 11 to 20, has several aces up its sleeve. One of them this time will be an Honorary Palm d’Or for the renowned Italian director, Bernardo Bertolucci.

The festival has been awarding this for some years now, though irregularly. But from this May, it will be an annual affair, to be presented during the opening ceremony.

Recognising the contribution made to cinema by a celebrated helmer, this Palm was given to Woody Allen in 2002 and Clint Eastwood in 2009. This year, it will be for Bertolucci, who will herald the annual trend.

Bertolucci, who was once honoured by the International Film Festival of India with a special award, is known for movies like Prima della
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(1964), Novecento (1976), The Conformist (1970) and The Last Emperor (1987). These have variously explored political and social questions. Intimate, elegant and lyrical, Bertolucci’s cinema has always been described as "monumental frescoes".



"The quality of his work, which appears today in all its uniqueness and the extent of which we receive every day intact, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind make this for Cannes the first legitimate recipient." said the Festival President, Gilles Jacob, and the General-Delegate, Thierry Frémaux.



The Honorary Palm will be handed over to Bertolucci on May 11 by the President of the jury, Robert De Niro, and what a moment that would be. For, Bertolucci directed De Niro in Novecento.



Unfolding in Italy, Novecento examines the lives of two boys as they grow up. One is the illegitimate son (played by Gerard Depardieu) of a peasant, and the other (essayed by De Niro) is born to rich landowning parents. The film, spanning from 1900 to 1945, looks at how the rise of Fascism and the farming community’s later support for Communism shape the destinies of these boys/men.



(Gautaman Bhaskaran will be covering the Cannes Film Festival this year)