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Julia Roberts becomes godmother to the prize awarded by Chopard to the new generation of international cinema.

Global movie icon Julia Roberts will be the godmother of the Trophée Chopard at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Created in 2001, this prize is awarded each year to a promising actress and actor to highlight the new generation of international cinema. This year, Julia Roberts will present the two winners chosen by the Trophée Chopard Academy with their awards at a prestigious dinner organised during the Cannes fortnight on La Croisette at the joint invitation of Pierre Lescure (Festival President), Thierry Frémaux (Festival General Delegate) and Caroline Scheufele (Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director).

At the initiative of Caroline Scheufele, the Trophée Chopard has been awarded since 2001 at an emotional annual ceremony to rising talents, an actress and an actor who have had a successful debut. Through this accolade, the Maison – in association with the Cannes Festival – reaffirms its unconditional support for creative filmmaking.

For more than two decades, the winners of the Trophées have consistently confirmed the hopes placed in them. From Marion Cotillard, who won an Oscar in 2008 for her performance in Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose; Léa Seydoux, who was awarded a Palme d’Or in 2013; Diane Kruger, who won an acting award at Cannes in 2017;  through to Niels Schneider, who won a César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2017; Florence Pugh and Jessie Buckley, both nominated for Oscars a few months after being awarded the Chopard Trophy in 2019 and 2021, the award has often heralded a great international career.

Surprisingly, throughout her legendary career, Julia Roberts has only once walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. That was in 2016 with a history-making appearance during which the actress created a sensation in a long, shoulder-baring black dress highlighting a sparkling Chopard Haute Joaillerie emerald and diamond necklace.

On the occasion of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of Chopard’s partnership with this longstanding film event, at the jeweller’s invitation, Julia Roberts is returning to La Croisette to present the Trophée Chopard. An honour for the two winners as well as a unique opportunity to share the talent and experience of an outstanding artist.

When asked about the choice of this exceptional godmother, Caroline Scheufele explains: “For a fan of cinema like myself, Julia Roberts represents a film legend. Her energy and talent have made an indelible imprint on successive generations and it is an honour that she has agreed to symbolically impart the experience of her rich career to the two winners of the 2022 Trophée Chopard.”

The Trophée Chopard will be awarded on 19 May during a dinner presided over by Pierre Lescure, Thierry Frémaux and Caroline Scheufele. The winners will receive their precious distinction, the result of votes cast by the Trophée Chopard Academy made up of former prize-winners, godfathers and godmothers. Based on the theme of skills transfer, this very special evening will see a great actress reward two rising stars in international cinema.

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