Still from Le havre

Aki Kaurismäki awarded Cannes Directors' Fortnight prize

Aki Kaurismäki, who has directed a number of Creative Europe-supported films, is to receive the Carrosse d'Or prize during the opening ceremony of this year's Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs).

The French association Société des réalisateurs de films (Directors' Society) will honour the Finnish director with the prize for career achievement, designed to recognise the courage and independent-mindedness of a film director's work. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, David Cronenberg and Jim Jarmusch.

Kaurismäki's filmography includes Le havre, The Man Without a Past and Lights in the Dusk, which have all benefitted from Creative Europe support.

“[His] stories are inspired fables that tell of the forgotten,” the organisers said in an announcement. They called his films “often melancholic but never overwhelming,” and “made with precision and grandeur, poetry and even burlesque."

The Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight runs from 12 to 22 May 2016.

Photo: Le havre, image courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye