Cannes: Werner Herzog to Get Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or

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Werner Herzog

The French Directors' Guild will pay homage to the German director as part of the opening ceremony.

The French Directors’ Guild will honor Werner Herzog with the Carrosse d’Or prize, or Golden Coach, in Cannes.

“We are happy to pay tribute to your relentless energy and your great creativity, to your ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, film and television, reason and madness,” the guild said in a statement signed by members Stephane Brize, Thomas Cialley, Philippe Faucon, Pascale Ferran, Thomas Lilti, Katell Quillevere, Celine Sciamma and Rebecca Zlotowski, among others.

Herzog will be given the honor as part of the opening ceremony of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

The Oscar-nominated director has had five films in competition at Cannes, and taken home the best director prize for 1982’s Fitzcarraldo and the grand prize for 1974’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.

The statement added: “We also offer homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness. Your audacious and unrestricted sense of humor at all costs is liberating and deeply human at the same time.”

Herzog joins Jia Zhangke, Alain Resnais, Jane Campion, Jim Jarmusch and Clint Eastwood among directors previously honored since the award was created in 2002.

Cannes Film Festival runs this year from May 17 - 28.


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