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Cannes Kicks Off With Palme D’Or Honor For Meryl Streep, Strong Female Vibes & Nod To #MeToo

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The Cannes Film Festival opened on Tuesday evening with a joyously female vibe as Meryl Streep received the Honorary Palme d’Or from an emotional Juliette Binoche and Greta Gerwig became the first female U.S.

director to serve as jury president across its 77 editions. Resplendent in a long sequin gown, Gerwig said she was still coming to terms with the fact that she was presiding over the Cannes jury. “I hardly know what to say… This is holy to me; art is sacred, film is sacred… I cannot believe that I’m getting the chance to spend 10 days in this house of worship.” The Barbie filmmaker was treated to a performance by French popstar Zaho de Sagazan of David Bowie’s iconic hit “Modern Love,” in tribute to a memorable scene to her 2012 breakout role in Francis Ha.

A visibly touched Gerwig mouthed the words as the singer approached her on the stage and took her hand. It was then Streep’s turn to be honored.

After a montage of films from her career, the multiple Oscar winner appeared on stage and was greeted with an extended standing ovation.

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