Jodie Foster will receive the top prize at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
The occasion will mark 45 years since the two-time Academy Award winning actress and director made her debut at the prestigious event with Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” which won the same award.
The “Silence of the Lambs” star will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at as the opening night guest of honor at this year’s event, which kicks off July 6 and runs through July 17 in southern France.
The festival’s Wednesday announcement hails Foster for her, “brilliant artistic journey, [her] unique personality [and] a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time,” as well as, “her wide filmography [that] has combined high standards with popularity.”
“Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much; it has completely changed my life,” Foster said. “Although I had already directed before, my first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me,” referring to the Palais Croisette, the festival’s location.
She added, “Showcasing one of my films here has always been a dream of mine. I am flattered that Cannes thought of me and I am very honored to be able to share a few words of wisdom or tell an adventure or two with a new generation of filmmakers.”
Seven of Foster’s films have screened at the festival over the years, including one of her directorial efforts, 2011′s “The Beaver.”
The 58-year-old Los Angeles native follows such filmmakers as Jeanne Moreau, Jane Fonda and Agnes Varda, who were similarly honored by the French festival.
In February, she took home her third Golden Globe win for best supporting actress for her performance in the legal drama, “The Mauritanian.”
After COVID-19 scuttled last year’s ceremony, the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival will have Oscar-winner Spike Lee returning as president of the jury that judges the films.