David Cronenberg to receive Legion dhonneur

If there was ever any doubt about the artistic potential of genre cinema, you just have to look at the career of David Cronenberg, a director who has spent the last 30 years finding new and often unsettling ways to explore the mutability of humanity. From his earlier, more visceral films to his more recent work similar themes and obsessions are explored and reworked in a manner that is both thought-provoking and intelligent.

Its appropriate, therefore, that the French will be presenting (via) the director with the Legion dhonneur, the countrys highest distinction.

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

The ceremony will take place on 1st April in Toronto with Francois Delattre, Frances ambassador to Canada, standing in for Nicolas Sarkozy.

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