Fremaux, who heads both the Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals, was the master of ceremonies.
“Being here with all these friends, all this is actually quite shattering for me,” Deneuve said fighting back tears. The iconic French actress dedicated the award to “all French farmers,” as a crowd of some 2,500 fans cheered.
“I love you Catherine,” said Polanski handing her the career prize. Deneuve, who is 72, starred in Polanski’s first English-language movie “Repulsion” (1965).
Deneuve is the first woman to receive the Lumière Award, dubbed “the film world’s Nobel Prize” by the French press.
Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese.
Earlier in the day Deneuve held an