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Cannes: Director's Fortnight to Give Golden Coach Award to Turkey's Ceylan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 10, 2012 at 4:29PM

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.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.