Cannes’ Board of Directors will anoint the legendary French filmmaker as the first woman to receive the honorary Palme, a prize — which isn’t given every year — that has been handed off to Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in the past. “And yet my films have never sold as much as theirs!” she said.
The award is meant for renowned directors whose works have made global impact but who nevertheless have yet to win a Palme. Her adored and imitated “Cleo From 5 to 7,” currently touring rep houses with a new print, played the competition in 1962. But ever since, Varda has mostly stayed out of Cannes’ radar.
Cannes is visibly making more room for women this year, as Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall” became only the second film from a female director to open the festival.