Dardennes among Cologne honorees

Christian Becker tapped for Hollywood Reporter Award

COLOGNE, Germany -- Belgian Palme d'Or winners the Dardenne brothers, German producer Christian Becker and Brit director Hettie Macdonald are among the international talent that will be honored Friday night at German television festival and confab the Cologne Conference.

Directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne will receive the Cologne Film Prize donated by the City of Cologne and the NRW Film Commission. Arta Dobroshi, star of the Dardenne's latest film, "The Silence of Lorna," will present the prize.

THR editor Elizabeth Guider will present the inaugural Hollywood Reporter Award to German producer Christian Becker, whose credits include boxoffice smash "The Wave" as well as the hit television comedy spoofs "Movies Reloaded" and "All Fairies Have Tails."

This year's TV Spielfilm prize -- from Germany's leading television listings magazine -- will go to U.K. director Hettie Macdonald and screenwriter Abi Morgan for the BBC drama "White Girl," which is screening as part of the Cologne Conference's TopTen section.

Franziska Algner-Kuhn is the winner of this year's German casting prize for her work on "The Wave" and will receive the award from "Wave" director Dennis Gansel.

The Cologne Conference starts Wednesday and wraps Oct. 13.
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