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Honoring George Lucas at the Cannes Film Festival

George Lucas, the renowned filmmaker behind the iconic “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, is set to receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The 79-year-old will be presented with the accolade during the closing ceremony on May 25.

Expressing his gratitude, Lucas stated, “The Festival de Cannes has always held a special place in my heart. I am truly honored by this special recognition which means a great deal to me.” Lucas, known for creating groundbreaking films, such as “THX-1138” and “Star Wars,” has a long history with the festival, having participated in different capacities over the years.

Having founded Lucasfilm, the filmmaker later sold the company to The Walt Disney Company in 2012. Considered a significant figure of the New Hollywood movement, Lucas has made substantial contributions to the world of cinema.

Festival organizers praised Lucas, hailing him as one of the greatest figures in contemporary cinema, blending entertainment, innovation, mythology, modernity, cinephilia, and technology in his work. Despite his immense success, Lucas admitted to being surprised by his achievements, noting that his films were not initially intended for a mass audience, with the exception of the “Indiana Jones” series.

The Cannes Film Festival’s decision to honor George Lucas reflects his lasting impact on the film industry and his ability to push boundaries and redefine storytelling on the big screen.