Cannes has paid tribute to one of France’s most famous actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo, presenting the 78-year-old with his own Palme d’Or in honour of his 50-year career.
Belmondo gained fame in 1960 in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” and then went on to work with some of France’s greatest directors..
Also on the red carpet, Jodi Foster presented her film starring herself and Mel Gibson called “Beaver”. Although not in competition the film, which tells about a depressed man who talks through a puppet, was well received.
A film which is in competition “Le Havre”, by Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki appears to have won hearts and minds at the festival. It deals with a serious subject, illegal immigration, in a not-so-serious way – much to the delight of the critics.
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