|Emily Hampshire, Jean-Christophe Bedos and Sarah Gadon at Cannes.|
Actresses Emily Hampshire and Sarah Gadon received the Birks Canadian Diamond award, which honors “individuals whose professional accomplishments allow Canada to shine beyond our country’s frontiers.” The inagural award was presented by Birks, the largest luxury jewelry chain in Canada, during the Cannes Film Festival in souther France.
Jean-Christophe Bedos, Birks president and CEO, presented the trophies to the actresses Thursday during Telefilm Canada’s inaugural Tribute To Canadian Talent press event and reception.
The two actresses appear in the film, Cosmopolis, a scathing critique of capitalism and the financial industry, directed by David Cronenberg. The film made its world premiere Friday at Cannes.
“Sarah and Emily’s talent can now be celebrated not only across Canada but around the planet,” Bedos said. “They are an asset to the Canadian film industry and help our country shine abroad.”