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Catherine Deneuve, the iconic French actress, will be honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Venice Film Festival, which will takes place on the Lido from August 31 to September 10.

Today, the Oscar nominee for 1992’s Indochine said

It is a joy to receive this prestigious award at the Venice Festival, which I love and have known for a long time, since Belle de Jour by Luis Buñuel received the Golden Lion in its day. It is also an honor to be chosen for this tribute at the Film Festival that has accompanied me so often for so many movies. Thank you, best regards.

Catherine Deneuve, one of the most lasting on-screen personas in European art house cinema, has starred in a consistent line of renowned films from her debut at the age of 13 in 1957, getting BAFTA and Oscar nominations and winning two Cesars.

Alberto Barbera, the director of the Venice Film Festival, commented on Catherine Deneuve.

An impressive number of movies, most of which are major international successes. An equally remarkable number of awards she has received at the world’s most important festivals, plus an Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role, a rare privilege for an artist who is not American.

Catherine Deneuve has come to signify the spirit of the widely recognized diva, cementing her status as among film history’s finest performers. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award, which the Venice International Film Festival will honor her with on the occasion of the 90th anniversary is very significant.

Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.