Cannes Film Festival honors director Marco Bellocchio with Palme d’Or


Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s new documentary “Marx Can White” will be screened at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival.

The 74th edition of the festival will be held from July 6 to 17, during which Bellocchio is awarded the Golden Palm of Honor for the entirety of his five-decade career.

This honorary laureate, previously awarded to Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Agnès Varda, is a tribute to the “great master of Italian cinema”, who is at the same time a “director, author and poet”, according to Cannes Commissioner-General Thierry Frémaux, in a statement.

In his new documentary, Cannes Premiere, for experienced filmmakers, Bellocchio deals with the suicide of his twin brother when he was 29.

The festival statement noted that Marco Bellocchio, now 81, “has not really recovered” from this intimate tragedy, which was “a source of guilt and inspiration at the same time.”

The documentary includes excerpts from Bellocchio’s films and his conversations with his relatives.

This year, Marco Bellocchio will also be one of two major film names to be awarded the Palme d’Or, along with American actress and director Jodie Foster.

The Cannes Film Festival has chosen and included Bellocchio films in its sections, and received an honorary golden lion at the Venice Festival in 2011.


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