CANNES: DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT TO GIVE GOLDEN COACH AWARD TO TURKEY'S CEYLAN
- Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey's reigning auteur director, will receive the French Directors Guild's coveted Carosse d'Or at the May 17 opening night ceremony for sidebar the Director's Fortnight (The Quinzaine) at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The award "pays tribute to filmmakers around the world who stand apart due to the innovative qualities of their films as well as their audacity and independence," stated the Director's Fortnight, which presented last year's award to beleaguered Iran filmmaker Jafar Panahi.
Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight's new artistic director, has also scheduled a screening of Ceylan's 1999 classic "Clouds of May," a masterclass and a press conference with the filmmaker. Actor-filmmaker Ceylan has long been a fave of the Cannes festival; he served on the competition jury in 2009. The 2002 drama "Distant" won the jury prize in 2003; 2006's "Climates" was awarded the Fipresci critics' prize; 2008's "Three Monkeys" won the director prize; and last year "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" earned another jury prize.
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