Forest Whitaker, Honorary Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The great cinematographic event announced this Thursday, May 5, that the American actor would be awarded this award during the opening ceremony which will take place on May 17. A prize which “salutes a brilliant artistic career and a rare personality as well as a discreet but assertive commitment to the great humanitarian actions of our time”, in the words of the festival.
The 60-year-old comedian succeeds Jodie Foster, who won it last year. Personalities like Agnès Varda, Alain Delon or Jeanne Moreau had also received it in the past. This award sums up a career rich in great films and outstanding performances. In 1988, Forest Whitaker had already received honors from the Cannes Film Festival thanks to his performance in the legendary bird by Clint Eastwood in which he played saxophonist Charlie Parker. “Coming to Cannes for the first time 34 years ago changed my life and confirmed to me that devoting myself to seeking different relationships with humanity through cinema was the right decision. It’s always a privilege to come back for this beautiful festival, to exhibit my work but also to be inspired by the greatest artists of this world. I am incredibly honored to be celebrated as part of the Festival’s 75th anniversary,” said Forest Whitaker in a communicated. In recent years, the actor has mostly appeared in major Hollywood productions such as Black Panther Where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Very committed against social and economic inequalities, he was also seen last November in Seine-Saint-Denis, during a visit to La Courneuve. With his association Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, he intends to invest in educational programs in favor of young people often neglected by the public authorities.