Jodie Foster to join Pink Ribbon Monaco for Breast Cancer Awareness Month events

Jodie Foster is set to headline two major events hosted by Pink Ribbon Monaco this October as it launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Principality.

Jodie Foster and director Pamela B. Green discussing ‘Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché’ at the 56th New York Film Festival. Photo: screenshot of discussion

On Friday, Pink Ribbon announced an exciting launch to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which kicks off around the globe on 1st October. This year marks the 9th anniversary of Pink Ribbon Monaco, which comes under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II and is supported by the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights.

The first event will be held on Thursday 3rd October at Cinéma des Beaux-Arts in Monaco and will feature the screening of ‘Be Natural. The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché’. The documentary, directed by Pamela B. Green, made its festival debut in Cannes to wide acclaim and is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, director and producer Jodie Foster. It reflects on the life a largely unrecognised pioneer of world cinema, Alice Guy-Blaché, who began her film-making career in 1896 at the age of 21. She went on to direct and produce almost a thousand silent and synchronized sound films, yet her works, and her influence, have been largely forgotten.

Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held with director Pamela B. Green, French film director and screenwriter Anne Fontaine, and Jodie Foster, all of whom will be taking questions from the audience.

The second event is just as momentous. The first ever Pink Ribbon Monaco Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 4th October at the Hotel Métropole Monte Carlo. It was created to “reward people who have done remarkable things and provided support, comfort and hope to women suffering from breast cancer”. The award winners, selected with the help of the Princess Grace Hospital, will be presented with trophies created by the British artist and Monaco resident Toby Wright. Jodie Foster will also be present at the awards, as well as Pamela B. Green and Anne Fontaine.

At the end of the dinner, the façades of the Prince’s Palace, the National Council of Monaco, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the Odeon Tower, the Oceanographic Museum, the Monaco Yacht Club and the Monte-Carlo Casino will all be illuminated in pink as a sign of support for breast cancer victims and to raise awareness about the disease.

At that moment, Monaco will be joining 200 of the largest cities around the world in turning their most famous monuments pink during the month of October.

Monte Carlo Casino illuminated in Pink. Photo: Monaco Life

The funds raised from these two events will be donated in part to the Princess Grace Hospital to contribute to the comfort of senology centre patients, as well as cancer prevention and awareness campaigns.

President and founder of Pink Ribbon Monaco Natasha Frost-Savio spoke to Monaco Life about the importance of the upcoming events.

Monaco Life: What does it mean for Pink Ribbon Monaco to have such a notable figure like Jodie Foster backing one of your awareness events?

Natasha: We have always been wonderfully supported by HSH Prince Albert II, the Princely government and the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, but an international personality and extraordinary role model such as Jodie Foster showing her support is indeed a great honour. Her talent and generosity are as well-known as her commitment to causes she believes in. Furthermore, she is an inspiration to so many women in many fields and truly reflects the values we try to portray: integrity, strength and perseverance in all things. We are so proud and delighted she will be joining us for our two events, the Be Natural Screening and the awards dinner on Friday night. Also joining us is award winning writer/director Anne Fontaine, and of course Pamela B. Green, award wining Writer and director of Be Natural, the Untold story of Alice Guy Blaché.

You are hosting the first ever Pink Ribbon Monaco Awards. Why did you feel the need to stage such a ceremony and what can you tell us about this year’s award recipients?

Following my invitation from the Principality of Monaco’s permanent mission to speak at the United Nations in New York about the Principality’s remarkable results in breast cancer screening, I was introduced to Jamaican athlete Novlene Williams-Mills. I then fully realised the impact one person can have on many. Novlene’s strength and determination to beat breast cancer and her subsequent achievements have inspired thousands, demonstrating how much can be accomplished after breast cancer.

As 40% of women suffering from illness recognise losing their identity and feeling depressed, which of course slows down the healing process, I was determined to do more. Until now we have focused on promoting breast cancer screening and awareness campaigns, as well as our support walks in the spring.

For this year’s ‘Inspiration’ award, we have chosen to award Julie Meunier, a young woman who fought breast cancer at a very young age. During her treatment she started developing new techniques to hide her loss of hair without the discomfort of wigs. Her stylish and fun alternatives have earned her a great deal of popularity and success. The determination and perseverance throughout her illness is an inspiration to anyone.

Our first ‘Support’ award goes to Dr Garnier, oncologist at the Centre Hospitalier Princess Grace. A key figure in the step towards rehabilitation of patients, he is also much loved and respected

Our corporate award will be revealed at a later date but will be awarded to a company we feel has contributed to help patients and promote a positive message to the community.

 

To purchase tickets to the documentary screening, visit the website: Pinkribbon.mc.

For table reservations at the awards ceremony, contact natasha@pinkribbon.mc

 

 

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