While waiting for the awarding of the Palme d’Or for the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, this Saturday evening, zoom on the American actress and director Jodie Foster, honored this year on the Croisette with an honorary Palme d’Or .
At 58 years old, the American star Jodie Foster has already behind her 55 years of a long and successful career. On July 6, during the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, where she returns in the film “Designated Guilty”, alongside Tahar Rahim, she received from the hands of Pedro Almodovar the Golden Palm of Honor which rewards her entire career.
“It’s very touching, especially because my career began here,” said actress Jodie Foster, guest of France Inter’s “7:50” the next day. “When I was 13, I came for Taxi Driver, the film won the Palme d’Or and it changed my life. For me it’s quite a circle to come back here. “
Hollywood child star
Hollywood child star, Alicia Christian Foster his real name began his career at the age of 3 in Los Angeles (United States). Its round face seduces the public. She first shoots commercials, television series and films for Disney. Press attaché in the cinema, her mother pushes her children to pass castings, but, keen on French culture, she also devotes a cult to the New Wave and militates for the rights of the minorities, exerting a wise influence on Jodie Foster.
At 12, Jodie plays the role of a young prostitute in “Taxi Driver”, a film directed by Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro: a role that changes his life and makes his career take off. She already caused a sensation at the age of 14 at the Cannes Film Festival where the film won the Palme d’Or in 1976. She then gave her first interviews in very good French. The young girl learned the language of Molière at the French high school in Los Angeles.
Then follow the parody film “Bugsy Malone” (1976) by Alan Parker and “The little girl at the end of the road” (1977) by Nicolas Gessner. Jodie gains international fame, but also suffers the burden of a precociously sexualized image.
Endowed with a rare intelligence, she continued her studies at the prestigious Yale University.
In 1981, his path crossed that of a disoriented young man: on March 30, John Hincley Jr shot President Reagan. Arrested, he confides his obsession for the heroine of “Taxi Driver”. Placed under the protection of the FBI, Jodie Foster comes out of this affair wounded.
A few years later, she accepts the role that will earn her her first Oscar, in the film ” The accused “ (1988), Jonathan Kaplan, where she plays the role of a young woman victim of gang rape who fights to convict her attackers.
Lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner
Committed to gender equality, the actress has since chosen roles of strong, resilient women, like Clarice Starling, the FBI intern who faces Hannibal Lecter in ” Thesilenceofthelambs ” (1991) by Jonathan Demme. This role will earn him a second Oscar.
In Cannes, this year, she returns in “Designated Guilty”, by Kevin Macdonald, where she plays the lawyer of a prisoner of Guantanamo, camped by Tahar Rahim.
Jodie Foster, mother of two sons, revealed her homosexuality in 2013. She has been married for seven years to photographer, Alexandra Hedison. For the first of ten intense days of the red carpet season, it was with her arm that she climbed the prestigious steps of the Croisette, during the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival.
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Jodie Foster: a legendary star, honorary Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival