Catherine Deneuve moved by the return of the Cannes Film Festival after a stroke

The 74th Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film ‘In His Lifetime’ (Paisible) Out of Competition – Cannes, France, July 11, 2021. Actress Catherine Deneuve poses. Image: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

CANNES, France – Catherine Deneuve, who has walked the red carpet in Cannes since the 1960s, said on Sunday that she had never been more moved than this year to return to the film festival after the coronavirus pandemic and her accident stroke in 2019.

The 77-year-old man is a pillar of French cinema and still appears in multiple films. Wearing a black velvet dress and a chunky gold necklace, Deneuve returned to Cannes on Saturday for the premiere of French director Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Paisible,” which is shown out of competition.

Deneuve and the team received a standing ovation, visibly moving the actress. She rarely appeared in public after the pandemic forced fashion shows to move online and Cannes festival organizers to cancel the 2020 edition.

“It was absolutely extraordinary. Until the last minute, we wondered if it could really happen,” Deneuve said at a press conference for the film.

“I have known Cannes for so long. Each time it is something very different. But I think maybe I’ve never been more moved than last night when I walked into the room and saw the audience’s reception to the film and to me.

Deneuve was hospitalized in November 2019 in Paris after suffering what her family at the time called a “limited” stroke.

Asked about tackling “Peaceful,” in which a young man is stricken with illness and must face the prospect of dying with his mother played by Deneuve, the actress said the past year of the pandemic and her own fear of health had affected her.

“A lot of things happened to me during a pretty remarkable time,” Deneuve said. J.B.

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