Werner Herzog to get BBC Four award

World Cinema achievement award for German director

LONDON -- Renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog has been tapped to receive the inaugural BBC Four World Cinema achievement award, the BBC digital network said Thursday.

Four films from Herzog's catalog, including "Fitzcarraldo" and "Nosferatu: The Vampyre," will be broadcast on the channel channel to mark his award.

The channel also announced the shortlist of nominations for its sixth annual BBC Four World Cinema nods. The prize will be contested for by Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah," Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly," Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Orphanage" and Cristian Mungiu's Palm d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days."

"This is proof positive of what a terrific year it's been in international film," BBC Four controller Richard Klein said. "And ... it's an honor to celebrate the work of one of film's finest storytellers, the indefatigable Werner Herzog."

The director of the winning film will receive the nod at a television ceremony in London, to be broadcast Jan. 31 and presented by Jonathan Ross.