They say Sarandon will receive the festival's lifetime achievement award for her "reflection, seduction and rebellion" through which she has portrayed many "multifaceted female characters."
Sarandon's most famous roles include rebellious waitress Louise in 1991 "Thelma and Louise" and Sister Helen in 1995 "Dead Man Walking," for which she won an Oscar.
Besson will receive the festival's visionary award for "relentlessly" exploring new worlds and offering "his personal visions from the subway underground and the bottom of the ocean." Besson wrote and directed 1988 classic "The Big Blue" and 1990s films "Leon" and "The Fifth Element."
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