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Italian director Luca Guadagnino, helmer of gay coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name and the horror remake Suspiria, will receive this year’s Cologne Film Prize.
Guadagnino will be honored at a ceremony in the German city on October 12.
“With Luca Guadagnino, the Cologne Film Prize is honoring one of the most interesting directors currently working in cinema,” said Petra Muller, managing director of the NRW Film Board, one of the sponsors of the award. “In the tradition of Italian cinema, Luca Guadagnino is utterly convincing as a great esthete who also always sees his work as political.”
The Cologne Film Prize is handed out as part of the Cologne Film Festival, a film and TV showcase celebrating the best from the big and small screen over the past year. The festival this week announced two other honorees: Oscar-winner Pawel Pawlikowski will receive the 2018 Hollywood Reporter Award and U.S. director Christopher Martin will be honored with this year’s best documentary award, the Phoenix Prize.
Pawlikowski won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 2015 for Ida. His latest, the black-and-white romantic drama Cold War, took best directing honors this year in Cannes. Martin’s latest documentary, Under the Wire, follows war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012, while covering the plight of Syrian civilians under siege in Homs.
This year’s Cologne Festival, which runs October 5-12, includes several titles from Cannes, among them Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces and Chang-dong Lee’s Burning. Claire Denis’ English-language debut High Life, which shot in Cologne and recently premiered in Toronto, is another festival highlight. Two very different movies about horrible men — Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi biopic Loro and Lars von Trier’s serial killer drama The House That Jack Built — will both screen in Cologne. Both Sorrentino and von Trier are previous winners of the Cologne Film Prize.
In the festival’s television section, highlights this year include the thriller Perfume, based on the Patrick Suskind best-seller; Ride Upon the Storm, the latest Danish production from Borgen creator Adam Price; and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve, starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.
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