The film icon Alain Delon expects fans in Cluj’s Unirii Square tonight

Oana Vasiliu 09/06/2017 | 13:56

The enigmatic rebel of French cinema and one of the world’s most beloved actors, the legendary Alain Delon comes to Romania for the first time as a special guest of the 16th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. The French star has conquered the hearts and minds of the audiences during the golden age of European cinema.

In his honor, on June 9, the Unirii Square will host a special screening of  Pour la peau d’un flic / For a Cop’s Hide(1981), a thriller directed by the great French actor and which also features Delon in the starring role.

TIFF will award Alain Delon the Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional artistic contribution. In his honor, on June 9th, the Unirii Square will host a special screening of  Pour la peau d’un flic / For a Cop’s Hide(1981), a thriller directed by the great French actor and which also features Delon in the starring role.

“I am overjoyed that this year, like in all previous years, we can offer our beloved audience an exceptional chance to meet a legend of world cinema. Alain Delon is a beloved actor whose appeal cuts across generations. His presence this year will be a highlight of this edition, and I am sure it will stay in all of our hearts,” declared Tudor Giurgiu, T IFF President, in the official press release.

This year the 81-year-old Delon celebrates six decades since his cinema debut, which launched an impressive career spanning over 100 memorable screen roles, as well as behind-the-screen credits as producer, writer, and director. Rocco e i suoi fratelli / Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Plein soleil  / Purple Noon (1960), L’Eclisse / The Eclipse (1962), Il Gattopardo / The Leopard (1963), La tulipe noire / The Black Tulip (1964), Le Samouraï / The Samurai (1967), Borsalino (1970), Notre histoire / Our Story (1984), and Parole de flic / Cop’s Honor (1985) are only some of the titles which have made Delon one of the most important French actors of the 20th century.

Delon was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Luchino Visconti’s 1964 Il Gattopardo / The Leopard, and for a César in 1977 for his starring role in Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein. He was  later awarded Best Actor for his role in Bertrand Blier’s 1985 Notre histoire / Our Story. The Berlinale awarded Delon a honorary Golden Bear in 1995, and in 2005 President Jacques Chirac made Delon an Officer of the Légion d’Honneur for his contribution to cinema.

A symbol of masculinity, Delon inspired the fashion and beauty industry, as well as pop culture. He has his own brand of luxury perfume and accessories, and he features on The Smiths’s cover for The Queen is Dead album. Madonna’s song “Beautiful Killer” on the MDNA album is a tribute to the iconic actor.

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