24 May 2019
A few days before the closing ceremony of the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival, the Trophée Chopard committee has chosen to honour British actress Florence Pugh and French actor François Civil with the prestigious award. During an official dinner organised at the Agora by Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival; Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate; and Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, illustrious godmother of the Trophée Chopard 2019, presented both winners with their trophies. Former laureates, such as Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux, were in the audience, which included a large number of actors on hand to congratulate the two young thespians.
Born in England on January 3rd, 1996, Florence Pugh grew up in Andalusia and began drama classes at the age of six, before returning to Oxford with her family after turning seven. She was 17 when she landed her first movie role in Carol Morley's The Falling, as a charismatic and precocious teenager who is a boarder at a school in the grip of a mysterious epidemic in the late 1960s. Her break came two years later when she was given the title role in William Oldroyd's The Young Lady. She will soon be on screen in two highly anticipated films: Ari Aster's Midsommar, described by its author as a horrific Magician of Oz; and Greta Gerwig's Little Women, where she takes on the role of the youngest member of the March family, alongside Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Thimothée Chalamet, Louis Garrel and Meryl Streep.
Born in Paris on January 29th, 1990, François Civil was spotted during a school play by a parent who happened to be a casting director. The 14-year-old subsequently began rushing from one audition to the next and landed a role in Le Cactus, a comedy by Gérard Bitton and Michel Munz in which he played Clovis Cornillac as a teenager. Two years later, he made a name for himself in a leading role as a disturbed boy in love with twin sisters, in Either I die or I feel better, a comedy drama directed by Florence Ferreira Barbosa.
After acting alongside Juliette Binoche– with whom he falls in love virtually when she poses as a 25-year-old woman on the Internet – in Safy Nebbou's 2019 Celle que vous croyez, he wins the Best Actor Award at the Festival de l'Alpe d'Huez for Mon Inconnue: a magical romantic comedy by Hugo Gélinan in which he plays an extremely endearing, handsome best-selling young author, forced to win back the woman of his life when she suddenly becomes a perfect stranger.