Varda to receive Carrosse d'Or

Honor to be bestowed during Cannes' sidebar's opening night

PARIS -- After her 2009 documentary "The Beaches of Agnes," French director Agnes Varda will head to the beaches of Cannes to accept the Carrosse d'Or prize when the Director's Fortnight kicks off on May 13, French directors organization the SRF said Thursday.

The awards ceremony will be preceded earlier in the day by a special screening of Varda's "Lions Love ... (and Lies)," the director's 1969 title shot in L.A. and starring Viva, Jerry Ragni, Jim Rado and Shirley Clarke.

The lifetime achievement award, which is referred to as "the Golden Coach" in French, was created by the SRF in 2002 and has been awarded to legendary filmmakers including Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, David Cronenberg and last year's recipient Jim Jarmusch.

The Carrosse d'Or prize will be awarded at 7 p.m. during the Festival de Cannes' sidebar's traditional opening night ceremonies. The Director's Fortnight sidebar runs May 13-23 in Cannes.