Eastwood: Palme d’Or Honoree, 2009 Cannes Film Fest

February 25, 2009– A few years after having paid tribute to Ingmar Bergman, the Festival de Cannes awarded a Palme d’Or to Clint Eastwood in homage to the talent of a grand master at the summit of his craft.

Eastwood, in Paris to promote the release of his latest film, Gran Torinowas given the Palme d’Or of the Festival de Cannes by Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux at a private ceremony today.

The American filmmaker has a long and trusting relationship with the Festival which first welcomed him for the first time in 1985 with the Western Pale Rider.  He has returned to present Birdand then White Hunter, Black HeartMystic River and Changeling.

The citation read: “Over the years, the acknowledgement of his peers has met the growing fervor of international critics to acclaim a major artist who alone makes “the synthesis of the classicism and modernity of American cinema. The passion he incites in film lovers is one of admiration and respect, a natural response to his elegance and legendary reserve.”