French icon Catherine Deneuve was honored for a career that spans five decades and celebrated for her bold and adventurous work on screen and off.
The 41st edition of New Directors/New Films came to a close last night with a surprise showing of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the unlikely breakthrough film that was the hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, the Deneuve stories we received were nothing short of delightful. But don't take our word for it; read some for yourself! Congratulations to our contest winner Tomris Laffly, who picked up a pair of tickets to tonight's Chaplin Award Gala.
"Italian Cinema is not in great shape, but there are some amazing films and filmmakers working there right now."
The ND/NF director talks about her short film "Revolution Reykjavik," which tells the story of the havoc wrought on a family by Iceland's financial crisis. The verdict is clear: "Excess is out; modesty is in."
Relate a personal story about the inimitable actress and you could win a FREE pair of tickets to the 39th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 2 at 6pm in Alice Tully Hall! This is your chance to see Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese and more present Deneuve with the much-deserved award!
"My main rule is not to panic, no matter what happens during the shoot. I try to give in totally to the force of production, and since I am a bit of a control freak, this ability to trust fate with its unpredictable turns and twists is essential to me."
"Most of the cast were non-professional actors, mainly middle-age and old women. Working with them while rehearsing and shooting was very gratifying and fun."
"In my limited experience, I’ve enjoyed discovering that if you allow the camera and the situations within a story to do the heavy dramatic lifting (meaning you choose both correctly), your performances can be judged not by how well your actors are creating drama, but by how honestly they are responding to it."