BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. 2011 THE TREE OF LIFE. 2012 AMOUR. 2013 BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR. 2014 WINTER SLEEP. 2015 DHEEPAN 2016 I, DANIEL BLAKE. 2017 THE SQUARE. In 2002 the festival began to sporadically award a non-competitive Honorary Palme d’Or to directors who had not achieved a notable body of work but who had never won a competitive Palme d’Or. The inaugural recipient was Woody Allen. In 2008 Manoel de Oliveira, Clint Eastwood in 2009, Bernardo Bertolucci 2011, Agnes Varda 2015, Jean-Pierre Leaud 2016. Jean-Pierre was the first person to be awarded solely for acting. Back with the 2017 festival, Clint Eastwood took the stage to give a Masterclass and be interviewed by Kenneth Turan. Actor and director Clint, stated how he loved France, the French, and their films. His presence was a welcome relief of political incorrectness. He spoke at length of his mentors: Don Siegal and Sergio Leone. He worked with Don Siegel on COOGANS’S BLUFF, TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, THE BEGUILED, which has been remade and reworked in this festival by Sofia Coppola and winning her the prize of Best Director, becoming only the second woman director to win the award; the other being Jane Campion. The last film which Clint made with Don Siegal was DIRTY HARRY which introduced the character of Harry Calahan. With Sergio Leone, Clint was reluctant to go to Italy to make a film, and told the audience that he preferred to stay home and play golf, that was until he read the script of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. He signed on for that and two others, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY; they became known as ‘Spaghetti Westerns’. It became a great working relationship between Eastwood and Leone. The part of ‘The Man With No Name’ was originally offered to Charles Bronson, but he had to turn it down because he was contracted to be in DIRTY DOZEN. Clint’s masterclass was a great success and one of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival programme.
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