Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her "outstanding body of work." And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in Venice, Despair), one of the rare performers anywhere on the planet to have consistently worked with world-class international filmmakers. The Paris-born Catherine Deneuve, who turns 70 next October 22, is another one of those lucky actors. (Photo: Catherine Deneuve at the Potiche premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.)
Deneuve's directors have included an eclectic and prestigious list of filmmakers from various countries. Those include Belle de Jour and Tristana's Luis Buñuel; Le Sauvage and La Vie de Château's Jean-Paul Rappenau; The Hunger's Tony Scott; Un Flic's Jean-Pierre Melville; The Mississippi Mermaid and The Last Metro's François Truffaut; The Creatures' Agnès Varda; Repulsion's Roman Polanski; and Hotel America, Scene of the Crime, Changing Times, Thieves, and Ma Saison Préferée's André Téchiné.
Here are a few more Catherine Deneuve directors: East-West and Indochine's Régis Wargnier; 8 Women and Potiche's François Ozon; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Donkey Skin, and The Young Girls of Rochefort's Jacques Demy; Kings & Queen and A Christmas Tale's Arnaud Desplechin; Généalogies d'un crime's Raoul Ruiz; Dancer in the Dark's Lars von Trier; The Murri Affair's Mauro Bolognini; Pola X's Leos Carax; Hustle's Robert Aldrich; Place Vendôme's Nicole Garcia; Anima Persa's Dino Risi; The Convent's Manoel de Oliveira; and even the animated Persepolis' Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.
Deneuve would have been an ideal Alfred Hitchcock heroine, but she arrived on the scene a little late for that. Woody Allen could have made good use of her as well, as Deneuve can be very funny. Perhaps there's still time. Pedro Almodóvar is another one. And really, if Deneuve can play Queen Cordelia in something like Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia, James Cameron might want to ask her to play Queen Na'vi in Avatar 2. As far as I'm concerned, that would turn the Avatar sequel into a must-see. Or Joss Whedon could cast her as Hulk's Mom in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
According to the IMDb, Catherine Deneuve has four movies coming out in the not-too-distant future: another one for André Téchiné, the psychological drama based on a true story L'homme que l'on aimait trop (literally, "The Man We Loved a Lot" or "The Man Who Was Much Loved"), with Guillaume Canet and Adèle Haenel; Emmanuelle Bercot's road movie On My Way; Pierre Salvadori's Dans my cours; and, currently in pre-production, Benoît Jacquot's Three Hearts, co-starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni, Deneuve's daughter with Marcello Mastroianni.
Catherine Deneuve movie awards
Catherine Deneuve has taken home a whole array of movie awards, ranging from an Honorary Golden Palm in Cannes to Career Awards and/or Tributes in Shanghai, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Bangkok. (See also: "Catherine Deneuve Lincoln Center Tribute.")
Deneuve was a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Indochine (1992) and a BAFTA nominee for Belle de Jour (1968). She has been nominated for 11 César Awards, winning twice: for The Last Metro (which also earned her a David di Donatello Award) and Indochine.
Additionally, Catherine Deneuve shared with her fellow 8 Women co-stars -- Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux, Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Ledoyen, Firmine Richard, and Ludivine Sagnier -- the Best Actress Award at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival. That same year, Deneuve and her co-stars took home the Best Actress European Film Award.
To date, the 8 Women ensemble win remains not only Catherine Deneuve's sole European Film Award victory, but her sole nomination as well. (See also: "Catherine Deneuve Style and Talent.")
I should add that Catherine Deneuve is only the third woman to receive the European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Deneuve's predecessors were fellow Frenchwoman Jeanne Moreau and the British Judi Dench.
The 2013 European Film Awards will take place in Berlin on December 7.
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Catherine Deneuve photo: European Film Academy / Kurt Krieger.