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France’s Varda to get honorary Palme d’Or

AFP · 10 May 2015, 11:08

Published: 10 May 2015 11:08 GMT+02:00

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Only Woody Allen, in 2002, Clint Eastwood in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci,in 2011, have been granted the distinction "given to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have nevertheless never won the Palme d'Or," a festival statement said.

"And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs!" Varda was quoted assaying.

She will receive the award at the close of the 12-day Cannes festival May24 when the its international jury hands out its top prizes at a red-carpet ceremony.

A photographer, screenplay writer, actress, director and visual artist,Varda first came to prominence with her 1962 movie "Cleo from 5 to 7."

Born on May 30, 1928, she has made short and long films, and produceddocumentary as well as fiction works.

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She won the Venice film festival's Golden Lion in 1985 for "Vagabond."

"Her work and her life are infused with the spirit of freedom, the art of driving back boundaries, a fierce determination and a conviction that brooks no obstacles. Simply put, Varda seems capable of accomplishing everything she wants," the Cannes festival said.

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