15 May 2018
Created in 2001 at the initiative of Caroline Scheufele, a passionate film enthusiast, the Trophée Chopard annually rewards two youthful talents from the world of cinema. This year, the Trophée Chopard Committee chose to distinguish Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki and British actor Joe Alwyn. At a ceremony held in the Martinez Hotel and presented by Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, the two laureates were handed their awards by Diane Kruger, the distinguished patroness of the Trophée Chopard 2018. She herself won this prize in 2003 and was honoured with the Best Actress award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
A historic partner of the Cannes Film Festival, the Maison Chopard – under the impetus of its Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele – has always affirmed its unconditional passion for cinema. Each year since 2001, the Trophée Chopard judiciously singles out up-and-coming talents by rewarding a young actor and actress ready to shine in the film-making firmament. After deliberations, the Trophée Chopard Committee – composed for the first time this year not only of Caroline Scheufele and Steeve Gaydos, Executive Editor of Variety magazine, but also of former laureates, patrons and patronesses having actively contributed to the history of the Trophée – selected the beautiful and talented Elizabeth Debicki; as well as Joe Alwyn, a brilliant young actor who had his breakout role in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk directed by Ang Lee.
In a fine symbol of transmission, it was actress Diane Kruger – herself a winner of the Trophée Chopard in 2003 – who handed the trophies to the laureates at the close of the ceremony presented by Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival. The latter was naturally delighted to meet up again with the winner of the Best Actress award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as well as to be associated with this discovery of tomorrow’s young hopefuls.
After the emotion-filled prizegiving ceremony, Caroline Scheufele held an exclusive soiree on the Chopard Rooftop, a panoramic terrace located just below the legendary letters spelling out the name of the Martinez Hotel, and which Chopard annually decorates in taking up residence for the Cannes fortnight. Surrounded by prestigious international film celebrities such as Cate Blanchett and Jane Fonda, the two new prizewinners were duly toasted by the global movie family. Former laureates, patrons and patronesses who had taken part in the deliberations of the Trophée Chopard Committee were also on hand to congratulate them personally. The musical tone of this prestigious evening was set by French actor and actress Camélia Jordana and DJ Nikki.