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Jessica Chastain to be honored at French film festival

Actress Jessica Chastain will be feted at the upcoming Deauville American Film Festival in France in recognition of her impressive career .

The Zero Dark Thirty star has been named an honouree at the annual festival dedicated to American cinema, which will take place from 5 to 14 September (14).

Festival director Bruno Barde has praised Chastain's work in a statement, which reads: "The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient... We have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.

"When we first discovered Jessica Chastain, we had the definite feeling that here was someone special on-screen. Through her successive roles, she has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight. We salute her grace and talent and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance."

Previous Deauville honorees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.

This isn't Chastain's first recognition from Deauville organizers - in 2011, she received the New Hollywood award for her work in Take Shelter, which also won the festival's Grand Prize.

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