Prince to Get Tribute at Cannes Film Festival

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The Music Legend

PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival will host a tribute to Prince, the music legend who died Thursday, a festival spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

Details on the homage will be unveiled by the festival in the coming days, said the rep.

Prince, a pop culture icon whose legacy spans nearly every field of entertainment, contributed to a number of movie and TV shows soundtracks, notably Tim Burton’s “Batman,” Spike Lee’s “Girl 6” and even “Happy Feet.”

Like David Bowie, who died in January, Prince was revered in France. His death has provoked much sadness and shock expressed all over social media, TV and print outlets. His film “Under the Cherry Moon” was filmed on the French Riviera at La Victorine Studios in Nice.

On its Twitter account, French music artist Christine and the Queens wrote “Purple everything. No rules. Bodies owned, brilliantly free. New sounds, new ways to love. Thank you Prince.”

Meanwhile, French director Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tales,” “A Monster in Paris”) tweeted “Prince, I love you forever. You’ve been a unique music hero, a sexy creature, a sound pioneer, a groove god.”

Fashion designer Ines de La Fressange wrote “Irony of fate: On the birthday of the Queen, we lose Prince: A King.”

Even France’s political world counts many mourning Prince fans.

Prime minister Manuel Valls tweeted “Prince, this creative genius, just bowed his reverence. Tears are, tonight, ‘purple.'” 

“His majesty has gone. Tenebrous Prince whose ardent guitare chords have become an unconsolable companion,” wrote former justice minister Christiane Taubira.