Hsiao-hsien nabs Leopard lifetime nod

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ROME -- Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien will be awarded the Leopard of Honor lifetime achievement prize during this summer's Locarno International Film Festival.

Hou has been nominated for six Palme d'Or prizes in Cannes, taking home a special jury award for "Hsimeng Jensheng" (In the Hands of a Puppet Master) in 1993. He also won Venice's Golden Lion for "Beiqing Chengshi" (A City of Sadness) in 1989.

Hou's current project is "The Red Balloon," set in Paris and starring Juliette Binoche.

The award will be one of the highlights of the 60th edition of the Locarno event, which has in the past similarly honored Bernardo Bertolucci, Joe Dante, Daniel Schmid, Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders and Alexander Sokurov.

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