Rendez-vous with… Michael Douglas
The « Rendez-vous with… » are meetings between the artists and the public of the Festival. They make it possible to savvy the vision and thoughts of major artists of our time from all over the world. They offer rare moments of sharing, cinema-loving, transmission and emotion.
For this 76th edition, the audience will be invited to meet the American actor Michael Douglas on Wednesday 17th May at 2:30 pm, Salle Buñuel.
32nd Festival de Cannes, time to walk up those red carpet steps. Michael Douglas arrived for the first time on the Croisette. He was with actors Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon, as well as director James Bridges for the presentation of The China Syndrome. Jack Lemmon received the Best Actor Award from the Jury chaired by the writer Françoise Sagan. Thirteen years later, in 1992, the sulphurous Basic Instinct, by Paul Verhoeven starring Sharon Stone was presented in Competition. Shaking up the thriller genre, the film was the talk of the Croisette: it propelled Sharon Stone to the rank of international icon and confirmed the power of Michael Douglas’ talent. In 1993, Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down was presented in Competition, for the American actor’s third participation at the Festival.
He reappeared on the steps only 20 years later, with Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh. Transformed, moving and at the apex of his art, Michael Douglas played the famous singer and eccentric pianist Liberace. But his history with the Festival began long before all this, with a legend of American cinema, his father Kirk Douglas. A lover of France and its cinema, he had marked the history of the Festival by presiding over the Jury in 1980. With the strength of his conviction and his character, he awarded the Palme d’Or to Akira Kurosawa and to Bob Fosse for Kagemusha and All That Jazz.
Michael Douglas has had strong ties with his father and he has inherited his love for motion pictures, the kind of love that gives faith in the power of a film and spurs the desire to defend it body and soul. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Miloš Forman is proof of this; it is his first production in collaboration with Saul Zaentz and it gave him 9 Oscar nominations and won Best Picture in 1975.
Michael Douglas has worked as an actor with the greatest in the industry, such as Robert Zemeckis in Romancing the Stone (1984), Ridley Scott in Black Rain (1989) or Barry Levinson in Disclosure (1994). With Oliver Stone, he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1987 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko, a greedy New York broker in Wall Street. The sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was screened Out of Competition at the 63rd Festival de Cannes.
In addition to his valuable contribution to cinema, Michael Douglas advocates multiple causes. In his capacity as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, he has been committed to nuclear disarmament across the world since 1998 and he has also been a longstanding advocate of gun control in the United States.
The Festival de Cannes is honored to pay a vibrant tribute to the career of Michael Douglas and to welcome him at the Palais du Festival.
Rendez-vous with... Michael Douglas
Wednesday 17th May at 2:30 pm – Salle Buñuel