Cannes: Aki Kaurismaki to Get Directors' Fortnight Golden Coach Prize

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The Finnish director will receive the Carrosse d'Or, or Golden Coach, honor during the opening ceremony of the Cannes festival sidebar.

The French directors' society will honor Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki with the Carrosse d'Or, or Golden Coach, prize during this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The Man Without a Past director will be honored during the opening ceremony of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar.

“Your stories are inspired fables that tell of the forgotten,” organizers said in an announcement. They called his films “often melancholic but never overwhelming,” and “made with “precision and grandeur, poetry and even burlesque."

"For the languor and the insolence of your movies, for their healthy and quiet subversion, we want to honor you during the biggest film event in the world," said a letter signed by board members including Stephane Brize, Thomas Cailley, Laurent Cantet, Catherine Corsini, Pascale Ferran, Thomas Lilti and Celine Sciamma, among others.

The latest honoree follows Chinese director Jia Zhangke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Agnes Varda in getting the award.

The career achievement honor, designed to recognize a director for the courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work, has been awarded by the French filmmakers' society since 2002. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, David Cronenberg and Jim Jarmusch.

The Directors' Fortnight sidebar runs May 12-22.