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Werner Herzog to Receive Lifetime Honor at German Film Awards

Werner Herzog Headshot - P 2011
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The director of "Grizzly Man" and "Fitzcarraldo" will be saluted at the Lolas for his service to film in his country.

COLOGNE, Germany – Acclaimed director Werner Herzog will receive a lifetime achievement award from the German Film Academy at this year's German film awards, the Lolas.

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Herzog established his name as a director in the 1970s and '80s as part of the New German Cinema movement with ground-breaking features such as Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) and Fitzcarraldo (1982). More recently, it has been Herzog's documentaries, including Grizzly Man (2005), the Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World (2009) and On Death Row (2012), that have attracted the most attention.

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"Werner Herzog has not only made some of the most important and original films of the New German Cinemas school, with several of his film titles he also enriched our country's vocabulary,” Academy Jury president, actress Iris Berbern, said in a statement. “As a visionary film artist with a never subsiding courage, he has remained on the move and in addition to several great feature films has newly defined the boundaries of the documentary."

Herzog, who has won four German Film Awards, said he was “delighted” by the Academy's decision, calling it “the highest honor that one can receive in German cinema."

The tireless Herzog is now in preproduction on the feature Queen of the Desert starring Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and Jude Law as well as the Discovery Channel documentary Hate in America. He also has signed on to direct the book adaptation Vernon God Little, about a school shooting.

The 2013 German Film Awards will be held April 26 in Berlin.