PARIS — Natalie Portman could win an award at the next Cannes film festivalbut she will certainly give one.
The ‘Thor’ and ‘Black Swan’ star, who will be in competition for “May December” by Todd Haynes, in which she plays with Julianne Moore, was named godmother of the Trophy Chopardwhich spotlights two talents who made successful debuts.
Choosing Portman as godmother not only recognizes a “film legend” whose career spans nearly three decades, multiple acting accolades as well as directing and producing, but also “her commitment as a woman with strong convictions “, according Chopard co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele.
The actress “puts her whole heart into her projects, and it is with a strong emotional commitment and a benevolent attitude that she will present their awards to the winners of the 2023 Chopard Trophy,” said the jewelry director.
Launched in 2001, the award is considered a particularly auspicious distinction, with previous winners including Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Florence Pugh, Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy and John Boyega.
The female and male winners of the year will be selected by the Chopard Trophy Academy, made up of former winners as well as the godmothers and godfathers of previous editions.
The winners will receive the prize on May 19 at a dinner chaired by Scheufele and the directors of the festival Iris Knobloch, its president, and Thierry Frémaux, its general delegate.
Swedish director Ruben Östlund, famous for “Triangle of Sadness”, will chair the jury for the next edition, which will take place from May 16 to 27, while the rest of the jury has not yet been revealed.
Chopard, which last year celebrated its 25th anniversary as official sponsor of the Cannes film festivalis the creator of Palme d’Or and all other trophies awarded during the competition. The Swiss jeweler will also unveil its annual collection of high jewelry Red Carpet, which will include 76 pieces, in a nod to the number of editions of the festival.