Kering, Women in Motion Official Dinner 2016 Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon

Yes, women Cannes!

The Women in Motion awards 2016

The second Kering and Festival de Cannes Women in Motion awards were presented to Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon at the annual Presidential Dinner in Cannes. Three promising young women were also awarded for their film-making gift. 


American actors Geena Davis, Academy-Award winner, and Susan Sarandon, Academy-Award and BAFTA-award winner, picked up the second annual 'Women in Motion Award' at the Festival de Cannes.

The two stars of Thelma and Louise were given the award at the Presidential Dinner for their exceptional careers and commitment to both the film industry and the women's cause. Fittingly it's the 25th anniversary of the cult film which celebrates female independence.

The two actor-activists chose to give the 'young talent Women in Motion Award' to three film-makers who all happen to come from the Middle-East: Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid; Syrian director Gaya Jiji and Iranian writer and director Idan Panahandeh. All three will receive financial support for an ongoing film project.

The awards were presented by festival president Pierre Lescure, general-delegate Thierry Fremaux and Kering chairman and CEO Francois-Henri Pinault.

A constellation of showbiz people rubbed shoulders with the more down-to-earth of the international movie industry against the backdrop of the Place de la Castre, which commands a spectacular view of the yacht-crowded bay and the Palais des Festivals.

Guests included speakers from the Women in Motion Talks such as Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Salma Hayek Pinault and Chiara Tilesi. Festival de Cannes jurists Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis and Mads Mikkelson turned out. There was also last year's winner of the special Palme d'Or Agnes Varda. Actors completing the celebs included Julie Gayet, Freida Pinto (We Do It Together production company) and Rossy de Palma, among others.

Last year's Women in Motion awards went to Jane Fonda and Megan Ellison.


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P. Lescure, F.H. Pinault, S. Sarandon, G. Davis & T. Frémaux - Women in Motion - Official Dinner 2016@ Vittorio Zunino Celotto - Getty Images for Kering
Photo credits: Getty Images for Kering