Cronenberg to Be Honored with France's Highest Award   

March 19, 2009 Former horror filmmaker David Cronenberg is due to be honored with the Legion d'honneur, France's highest award, next month.

As reported in Variety today:

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has been selected to receive the Legion d'honneur, France's highest distinction.

The ceremony will be held April 1 in Toronto, with consul general Jerome Cauchard to host.

Cronenberg will be presented the Medal of Knight to the French National Order of the Legion of Honor. Francois Delattre, France's ambassador to Canada, will bestow the honor on behalf of French Republic president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The award is meant to recognize Cronenberg's accomplishments and the services he rendered to French culture and to enhance the cultural relationship between France and Canada. Cronenberg's films have played well in France, where he has won numerous awards that include the 1996 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for "Crash."

This isn't just France's highest award for a filmmaker -- but France's highest award, period!

Cronenberg's horror filmography in alphabetical order:

Brood (1979); Dead Ringers (1988); Dead Zone (1983); Existenz (1999); Fly (1986); Rabid (1977); Scanners (1980); Shivers (1975); Videodrome (1983)

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