Zurich Film Festival Sets Retrospective for 'Personal Shopper' Director Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas P 2014

The French filmmaker also will receive Zurich's 'A Tribute to ...' award for his life's work.

Acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas will be honored with a retrospective at the 12th Zurich Film Festival, which is set to run Sept. 22-Oct. 2.

The 61-year-old filmmaker, whose latest drama, Personal Shopper, stars Kristen Stewart and Lars Eidinger, also will receive the fest's "A Tribute to ..." award for his life's work on Oct. 1.

One of the most distinctive, and successful, of France's art house directors, Assayas has established himself as a crossover auteur with a diverse series of films and the Emmy-nominated (and Golden Globe-winning) TV series Carlos.

His cinematic output of more than a dozen features ranges in style and theme from 2002's Demonlover, a thriller set in the world of 3D manga, to Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), a reflection on acting and aging starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, to Personal Shopper, a ghost story set in the Parisian fashion underworld.

“His tremendously rich body of work spanning a wide variety of genres has left a lasting impression on modern European cinema,” Zurich festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said Thursday.

Personal Shopper will close the festival on Oct. 2.