Japan's Naomi Kawase set for Cannes honor

In line for festival's Carrosse d'Or from Directors' Fortnight

PARIS -- This year's Directors' Fortnight in Cannes will honor Japanese director Naomi Kawase with its annual Carrosse d'Or prize.

Kawase will receive the lifetime achievement award May 14 during a ceremony on the sidebar's opening night, organizers said Tuesday.

A re-edited version of Kawase's 2000 title "Hotaru" will be screened earlier in the day, followed by a public forum with the director.

Sponsored by Canal Plus Cinema, the Carrosse d'Or (Golden Coach) was created by French directors organization the SRF in 2002 to honor their own.

Last year's prize went to U.S. helmer Jim Jarmusch.

Kawase is no stranger to the Directors' Fortnight, having won the coveted Camera d'Or in 1997 for "Suzaku."

The Japanese filmmaker was last at the Festival de Cannes in 2007 with "Mogari no Mori," which took home the Grand Prix that year.
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