Actors Monica Bellucci and Jean-Paul Belmondo have been announced as Guests Of Honour For The 23rd Edition Of The Lumiere Academy Awards. This Event will take place on February 5 at The Arab World Institute. Bellucci and Belmondo are set for special career honors and their contribution to the French cinema.They will receive a life award at the Lumiere prize-giving ceremony in Paris.
Monica Bellucci’s contribution to the industry
The Italian-French actress is known for her work with big-name directors, such as her star-making turn in Gaspar Noe’s controversial Irreversible, as well as Philippe Garrel and Guillaume Nicloux. She’s also applauded for her roles as Cleopatra in an Asterix and Obelix farcical comedy alongside Gerard Depardieu.
Bellucci started her career in TV in Italy in 1990, but it wasn’t long before her talent started to gain international recognition in the film industry. Academy will also pay tribute to her international career, where she has appeared in such films as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Matrix trilogy, James Bond installment Spectre and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Bellucci has twice been the mistress of ceremonies at the Cannes Film Festival.
Contribution by Jean-Paul Belmondo
Legendary actor Jean-Paul Belmondo will also be honored at the ceremony. The French New Wave star of classics, such as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless and Pierrot le Fou and Philippe de Broca’s That Man from Rio, received an honorary Palme d’Or in Cannes and a César award, a career achievement Golden Lion at Venice.
Belmondo started acting in the mid-50’s and his first role in a feature was in 1957’s “On Foot, on Horse, and on Wheels”.His international career flourished with a lead role in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 classic “Breathless.” The actor became the face of France’s Nouvelle Vague, and started having five films per year in his kitty, substantial among them a second Godard film, “Pierrot le Fou,” and Philippe de Broca’s “That Man from Rio.”
Belmondo, in his mid-sixties, focussed only on comedy and action films. Belmondo started his own production company, Cerito, which produced more than 20 films.
Marion Cotillard received the Lumiere career honor last year. The Lumiere Academy represents foreign press in France and awards prizes for the best French films of the year.
The ceremony will be held at 10:30 p.m. Paris time, Feb. 5.