French cinema icon Jean-Pierre Leaud will be awarded with the honorary Palme d’Or for his contribution to cinema.
The award, which has previously gone to cinema legends like Agnes Varda, Clint Eastwood, Manoel de Oliveira, Woody Allen and Bernardo Bertolucci, will be given to Leaud during the closing ceremony of the festival on May 22.
Leaud was discovered by Francois Truffaut, who cast him in his first film “Les 400 Coups”. The comedian made his first appearance on the Croisette in 1959 as a 14-year-old.
French New Wave cinema directors Antoine Doinel and François Truffaut continued to support him with “Antoine et Colette”, “Baisers voles”, “Domicile conjugal” and “L’Amour en fuite”.
He also worked with Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jerzy Skolimowski and Bernardo Bertolucci.
Cannes will also host a special screening of Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis XIV”, featuring Leaud.