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George Lucas to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2024




George Lucas, the lauded filmmaker celebrated for creating the iconic "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises, is set to receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 25, during the festival's closing ceremony.


Lucas expressed his gratitude for the honor, citing the special significance Cannes holds for him. He reminisced about his first film, "THX-1138," being selected for the Directors' Fortnight program, marking the beginning of his relationship with the festival. Over the years, he has participated in Cannes in various roles, including as a writer, director, and producer.


Cannes praised Lucas for his monumental contribution to cinema, particularly for his creation of the "Star Wars" saga, which spans nine episodes, four of which he directed himself. Additionally, his relentless pursuit of technological innovation in filmmaking has earned him recognition as one of the pioneers of the visual effects industry.


Lucas joins a lineup of esteemed filmmakers expected to attend Cannes. Despite a decrease in the number of U.S. films in the official selection due to Hollywood strikes, the festival has secured appearances by other notable figures. George Miller will present "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" out of competition, while Kevin Costner will make his first Cannes appearance in two decades with his Western epic "Horizon, an American Saga."


The presence of Lucas at Cannes is a significant achievement for the festival. Although his film "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Lucas was notably absent from the event.


Photo: Nicolas Genin

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