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Faye Dunaway will light up Lyon when she is honored by the Lumiere Film Festival in October.
The Oscar winner will be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the festival that focuses on classic films. A restored copy of her breakout film Bonnie and Clyde, which also starred Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman, will screen.
Lyon’s Lumiere festival is the pet project of Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who started the festival in his hometown six years ago.
“I am greatly moved by this invitation,” said Dunaway. “I am very honored to be invited to Lyon for this festival dedicated to film lovers.”
The festival will recognize the “immense contribution she has made to the emergence of the independent American films of the sixties and seventies, and the contribution is of the highest caliber,” organizers said in a statement.
“Her personality, her life’s work and her level of commitment define her as a Hollywood cinema legend,” they added, calling her attendance an “exceptional event.” Dunaway, who rarely grants interviews and whose last onscreen appearance was in the Hallmark movie A Family Thanksgiving in 2010, was honored by Fremaux in Cannes three years ago, when she appeared on the official poster for the 64th edition of the film festival.
She follows legendary director Jean-Paul Belmondo, who opened the festival, and Quentin Tarantino, who was honored in a star-studded ceremony last year.
Dunaway’s tribute will be part of the opening ceremony Oct. 13.
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