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Jarmusch honored

CANNES — Director Jim Jarmusch will travel to the Festival de Cannes next month to receive the Directors' Fortnight sidebar's Carrosse d'Or prize. Created in 2002 by French helmers organization the SRF, the lifetime achievement award is "an homage to independence and pure cinematic genius," organizers said Monday. Jarmusch will receive his bronze statue at a May 17 ceremony. Previous winners include Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti and David Cronenberg.

Sports deal Italiano

ROME — Italian satellite broadcaster Sky-Italia has reached a deal to distribute professional football, baseball and hockey content from London-based ESPN subsidiary NASN, which distributes the U.S. channel's content in Europe. The deal will make more than 750 hours of content per month available to Sky's 4.4 million paid subscribers and will be ESPN's largest international high-definition television account. With the Sky deal, NASN will reach more than 13 million televisions in 40 countries.

Adami's dozen

CANNES — French artists organization the Adami has chosen 12 young actors to star in a short film directed by filmmaker Lea Fazer for its annual Cannes Talents program. Now in its 16th consecutive year, the program asks notable directors to make short films featuring the nation's up-and-coming talent. Participating in Fazer's 20-minute short, "Bientot j'arrete" (Soon, I'll Stop), are Gil Alma, Johanna Bah, Dominik Bernard, Cecile Bouillot, Emilie Chesnais, Tewfik Jallab, Marie Kremer, Fabienne Lucchetti, Deborah Marique, Gregory Montel, Amandine Pudlo and Antoine Regent. The film will be presented at a special screening during the festival.