The American actor and producer who won the interpretation prize at Cannes in 1988 for his role in bird by Clint Eastwood, the biopic about jazzman Charlie Parker, will receive this honorary award for his exemplary career, both in front of the camera and through his commitments.
Forest Whitakerthe iconic actor of bird (Clint Eastwood1988) and ghost dog (Jim Jarmusch, 1999), was appointed by Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Festival, to succeed his compatriot Jodie Foster to receive the Palme d’or d’honneur. The latter will be the guest of the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, broadcast live by Brut and France Télévisions. For the Sake of Peace), a film directed by Christophe Castagne and Thomas Sametin and produced by Forest Whitaker, will be broadcast on this occasion in a special screening on May 18. ” By hosting Forest Whitaker in Cannes, I was able to meet and admire an artist with immense charisma and a luminous presence. “, declared Thierry Frémaux. ” His filmography is both dazzling and fully accomplished. “, underlines the general delegate of the Festival.
After a few small roles noticed at Martin Scorsese (The color of money), Oliver Stone (Platoon) or Barry Levinson (Good morning vietnam), Forest Whitaker achieved international recognition for his portrayal of Charlie Parker in bird in 1988, which earned him his first prize at Cannes. ” 34 years ago, coming to Cannes for the first time changed my life and confirmed to me that devoting myself to seeking different relationships with humanity through cinema was the right decision (…) “, reacted Forest Whitaker in a press release.
A committed actor
The American actor, who received the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his masterful portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada in The Last King of Scotland by Kevin MacDonald, filmed for the greatest directors of his time: Abel Ferrara (Body Snatchers)Robert Altman (Ready to wear), Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) David Fincher (Panic Room) Where Denis Villeneuve (First contact), illustrating himself as well in independent films as in blockbusters such as Black Panther Where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
This honorary Palme d’or is intended to pay tribute to Forest Whitaker’s eclectic filmography as well as to his talents as a producer – he produced, among others, Fruitvale Station, the first feature film by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Black Panther) and more recently Chiaroscuro of Rebecca Hall – or her humanitarian commitments. In 2014, Forest Whitaker was appointed UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and since 2012, his NGO Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) has been working on educational projects for young people around the world, from poor area. It invests both in the poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles and in Seine-Saint-Denis, where the actor had also visited last November.
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Forest Whitaker will receive an honorary Palme d’or -L’Éclaireur Fnac