Roman Polanski to get Cologne Film Prize

Conference to show retrospective of helmer's career

COLOGNE, Germany -- Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski will receive the 2009 Cologne Film Prize, the top award of media confab the Cologne Conference.

Polanski, whose latest, "The Ghost" recently wrapped shooting in Berlin, will receive the prize, which comes with €25,000 ($35,000) in cash, at a ceremony on Oct. 3. Previous winners include director Paul Haggis and two-time Palme d'Or winners the Dardenne brothers.

Polanski will also take part in a workshop discussion of the making of "The Ghost" on Oct.2. The Cologne Conference is also planning a retrospective of 76-year-old director's long career.

The 2009 Cologne Conference runs Sept. 30 – Oct. 10.
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