ear (EFE).- Catherine DeneuveThe great lady of French cinema, known for her coolness, but her return to the Cannes Film Festival after the “terrible” pandemic has made her more human than ever.
The night before the last, the public that packed the Gran Teatro Lumire for the gala screening of the film “De Son Vivant”, out of competition at the festival, received it with a long and warm welcome, which was “Very, It was very moving” ”, as admitted in a press conference.
“It is extraordinary that the festival was able to resume”, said the actress, who recalled her long history with the event, which began in 1964 when she was 21 years old and the film she starred in was, “The Umbrella of Cherbourg”, he won the Palme d’Or.
She said, “I’ve known Cannes for a long time and different things happen every time but I’ve never been as excited as yesterday when I walked into the room, the way they welcomed me was very It was exciting.”
Dressed in black and with a fuchsia mask, the actress was in good physical condition at the age of 77 and 18 months ago after suffering a cardiac event.
“A lot has happened to me at a very crucial time. And then this terrible thing happened which had implications for the film,” the actress said in reference to the filming of “De Son Vivant”, which had to be interrupted first because of her health problem and then because of the pandemic.
COVID-19 took on “a tremendous dimension and power”, which has made us all “see things differently”.
Deneuve recalled AIDS and its consequences in the 1980s, but now it is a “terrible disaster that affects everyone”.
“It’s amazing how we interact even with people we don’t know. There’s something very different between people,” he said.
The actress plays the mother of Benjamin (Benot Magimel), “De Son Vivant” Crystal, a theater teacher who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with a life expectancy of one year.
The film’s director, Emmanuel Bercot, began with the idea of a mother who loses a child to cancer and reconciles with a system implemented by oncologist Gabriel Sara—who plays the doctor in the film—which consists of surrounding music. And sick of moments of love and joy through dance.
“His work and philosophy have made this film, which was about love, a hymn to life,” explained Bercot.
For Catherine Deneuve, working with director Emmanuel Bercot was just a reunion with someone with whom she maintains a strong relationship and, on a professional level, she loves me rewriting scripts and that’s her ” Gives full confidence”.