Clint Eastwood received an honorary Palm d’Or yesterday in a private caremony in Paris. Eastwood first attended Cannes in 1985 when Pale Rider played in competition. He also presented Bird, White Hunter Black Heart, Mystic River and Changeling.Upon receiving the award, Eastwood said:
“When I made my first film 39 years ago, no one in the U.S. — except for Roger Ebert who was always very enthusiastic — believed in me as a filmmaker. But French cineastes have always been very supportive. France remains one of the rare countries that approaches cinema as an art form.”
Eastwood accepted the award yesterday beecause he cannot attend the festival in May. Sad. Clint must have heard that I will be attending. It makes sense though. If I were him, I wouldn’t want to encounter me either.