Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 11th, 2011
At tonight’s Opening Night Gala ceremonies, the veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will receive an Honorary Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but who never received a Palme D’Or in regular competition. While many of his films had their premieres at the Festival, Bertolucci himself never did win a prize. This is to be rectified tonight with a celebration of the director of such monumental frescoes as BEFORE THE REVOLUTION (1964), THE CONFORMIST (1970), NOVECENTO (1976) and THE LAST EMPEROR (1987). “The quality of his work, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind him to Cannes, make Bernaldo Bertolucci a legitimate recipient of this honor” declared longtime Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob.