Marion Cotillard awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award


Distinguished Friday at the film festival in San Sebastian, Spain, the French actress confided in the persistent lack of self-confidence that eats away at her with each new production.

The jitters and the pressure never leave them. At least not her. Rewarded Friday evening, from the hands of her Spanish colleague Penélope Cruz, the Donostia prize for her entire film career, Marion Cotillard could not help but wipe a tear in the corner of her eye. Visibly moved, during the opening ceremony of the Spanish festival of San Sebastian, the French actress had slipped, earlier in the day, a few words about the lack of self-confidence and the doubt that seem to constantly turn and renew around her, with each new shoot.

“It’s something that has always been part of my life, with every movie I start I never know if I’m going to be up to it”, said the actress during the press conference preceding the opening ceremony of the festival. Awarded the 2008 Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in The kid , Marion Cotillard assured to feel permanently “this pressure», Despite the glitter and gilding of great ceremonies and a career that has led him to work with renowned directors such as Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh or Jacques Audiard.

“France is a country of cinema”

Asked about her cinematographic models, Marion Cotillard wanted, before the opening of the festival, to pay tribute to her idol Greta Garbo. “When I was little I was a big admirer of Greta Garbo because she was my mother’s favorite actress, said the actress. I am very touched by people who have this balance between feminine and masculine“, She also explained, before praising the French film industry. “France is a country of cinema, it is where it was created, it is in the cultural DNA of the country … There is something in the culture which is necessary and which celebrates the life, which it questions. And it is also in the French spirit to question oneself“, Also mentioned the actress of 45 years.

In addition to receiving the Donostia Prize, Marion Cotillard is also present at the San Sebastian Film Festival as co-producer of the documentary film Bigger than Us. Directed by Flore Vasseur, the production focuses on the new generation of activists, young people from all over the planet, who are mobilizing to fight, at their level, against climate change, freedom of expression or even human rights.

Awarded for the first time in 1986, the Donostia Prize has previously been awarded to Meryl Streep, Richard Gere and Robert De Niro. It will also be presented this year to an actor, Hollywood star Johnny Depp. This choice sparked some controversy, the American interpreter of the facetious Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean having been at the center of a recent lawsuit against the British tabloid The Sun who accused him of being an abusive husband towards his ex-wife Amber Heard. The San Sebastian International Film Festival is scheduled to run until September 25.

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