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A Minute With: Catherine Deneuve on freedom and aging with grace

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Catherine Deneuve is now in her sixth decade making films but the French actress says she is too busy working these days to grow nostalgic about her past roles or films with acclaimed directors such as Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut. In her latest film, "On My Way," in U.S. theaters on Friday, the 70-year-old Deneuve plays Bettie, a woman stuck in neutral who goes on a road trip to break free from the burden of her family's struggling restaurant and being dumped by her lover.

'Ice queen' of French film Catherine Deneuve turns 70

Catherine Deneuve, who turns 70 next week, is one of a generation of mature actresses for whom interesting character roles are no longer a rarity. Judy Dench, 78, Helen Mirren, 68, Meryl Streep, 64, and "Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva, 86, have in recent years blazed a trail largely barred to their predecessors. At a time when many female actresses several decades younger bemoan the lack of good parts for anyone over 40, Deneuve & Co have found themselves in demand, at least in part due to the growing influence of affluent, cinema-loving baby boomers.

Deneuve, Almodovar to pick up European Film Awards

French diva Catherine Deneuve and Spanish Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will pick up honorary prizes at the European Film Awards in December in Berlin, organisers said Tuesday. Deneuve, 69, the icy blonde actress from classics such as "Belle de Jour" by Luis Bunuel and Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" will receive a lifetime achievement award for her work in more than 100 pictures, the European Film Academy said on its website.

UPDATE 2-Romanian film "Child's Pose" wins Berlin Golden Bear

* Romanian film "Child's Pose" takes top prize in Berlin * Extends Romania's remarkable success at film festivals * Big shock is best actor to non-professional Nazif Mujic (Adds quotes, details) By Mike Collett-White BERLIN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - "Child's Pose", a Romanian drama about a domineering mother using her social position to try to save her son from jail, won the Golden Bear for best picture at the Berlin film festival on Saturday.

Deneuve shines in Berlin contender 'On My Way'

French icon Catherine Deneuve's feel-good road movie "On My Way" ended the Berlin film festival competition on a high note Friday at an event that has highlighted fresh starts for older women. Deneuve plays Bettie, the owner of an ailing family restaurant in a small town in Brittany who, freshly dumped by her lover for a younger rival and driven to distraction by her elderly mother, pops out to buy cigarettes one day and just keeps driving.

UPDATE 1-Leading ladies dominate Berlin film awards buzz

* Berlin film festival ends Saturday with prize ceremony * Actresses in 40s, 50s and 60s dominate awards buzz * Post-Communist injustices explored by several directors * Iran's Jafar Panahi defies filmmaking ban to take part (Adds Deneuve film, Cage appearance) By Mike Collett-White
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