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George Lucas to Be Saluted by Cannes Film Festival Onboard Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 on May 15

'Trophy of the Festival' to Be Presented to Iconic Film Maker Aboard the World's Largest Ocean Liner

The 58th Cannes Film Festival will honor George Lucas for his film career with the celebrated "Trophy of the Festival" onboard Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, on Sunday, May 15th, to an audience of hundreds of Cannes attendees.

On that same day in Cannes, George Lucas will debut the long-anticipated, worldwide preview of the latest -- and last -- of one of the most popular sagas ever created, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." The film opens in theaters worldwide on May 19.

George Lucas joins the ranks of a prestigious group of personalities from around the world previously honored with the "Trophy of the Festival" at Cannes, including Ken Loach, Max Von Sydow, Melanie Griffith, Philippe Noiret, Jeanne Moreau, Sean Penn, Alain Resnais, Gong Li, Gregory Peck, and others.

The Trophy will be presented to Mr. Lucas by Thierry Fremaux, Artistic Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, with Veronique Cayla, General Manager of the Cannes Film Festival.

The ceremony will be preceded by a tribute film to George Lucas directed by Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival.

Making her maiden call to Cannes on May 15, Queen Mary 2 continues Cunard's legacy of hosting royalty, society luminaries and famed entertainers from across the globe. Earlier Cunard "Queens" have welcomed such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. Since Queen Mary 2's launch in January 2004, she has hosted such notables as John Cleese, Katie Couric, Glenn Close, Donald Trump, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Harry Connick Jr, while eminent visitors have included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hilary Clinton.

Queen Mary 2 is the largest, tallest, widest and grandest ocean liner ever built with an elegantly sumptuous decor reminiscent of passenger vessels from the Golden Age of Travel. She carries 2,620 guests in degrees of comfort and style ranging from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

Source: Cunard Line
VALENCIA, Calif., May 9, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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