Roman Polanski Honored at France's Henri Langlois Awards


The 6th annual awards in Vincennes celebrates the best of French cinema.


PARIS -- Roman Polanski continued his winning run through Gallic awards season with a special prize and tribute to his career at a ceremony for the 6th annual Henri Langlois Awards in Vincennes on Monday night.

The Ghost Writer director was honored for his more than 50-year career.

Named for the founder of France's Cinematheque, the Henri Langlois awards honor the creme-de-la-creme in the French film world.

Polanski presented actor-turned-director Christopher Thompson with an award for his first feature film behind the camera The Last Summer Tour. The moving story about a group of boys in a rock band coming of age as they rise to fame in the 1980s was nominated for two Cesar Awards, but is still looking for distribution stateside.

Actresses Gisele Casadesus and Hanna Schygulla were also honored for their extensive careers.

Veteran actor Michael Lonsdale received the best actor award for his role in Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men and Bertrand Blier was given an award for The Clink of Ice.

A special "Coup de Coeur" prize from the Henri Langlois association was given to Benoit Jacquot for Deep in the Woods.

Director Michel Ocelot was given the animation award for the ensemble of his career. Ocelot's next 3D animated film Tales of the Night will screen In competition in Berlin and hits Gallic theaters in July.

Tony Gatlif took home an award for "humanism and community involvement" for his film Liberte.

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was honored for his Festival de Cannes competition film A Screaming Man and Francis Lai (Love Story) took home a prize for his career in composing.