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Rohmer to Receive Festival Award

July 6, 2001

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VENICE, Italy (AP) _ The Venice Film Festival announced Friday that its coveted a Golden Lion career award this year will go to 81-year-old French filmmaker Eric Rohmer.

The award ceremony, and a screening of his latest movie, ``L’Anglaise et le Duc,″ (``The Englishwoman and the Duke″) are set for Sept. 7.

The festival called Rohmer’s movies ``irreplaceable sociological documents on the spirit of their time″ and the work of a filmmaker who has always been ``true to himself, invulnerable from the market’s economic changes ... and independent of the flows of styles or aesthetic trends.″

An important force within the French New Wave movement in the 1960s, along with Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, Rohmer has directed about 40 movies and written screenplays for scores of others.

His releases include the internationally acclaimed ``My Night at Maud’s,″ which was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay in 1969, ``Chloe in the Afternoon″ in 1972 and, more recently, the ``Four Seasons Tales.″

The 58th edition of the film festival runs from Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

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