The Carriage of gold had been given last year to Martin Scorsese. The american film director John Carpenter, master of the fantastic, will receive during the Cannes film Festival, the annual prize awarded by the French Society of film Directors (SRF), she announced Thursday in a press release.

Since 2002, the filmmakers of the SRF apart one of their peers at the opening of the Directors ‘ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Festival. The Carriage of gold, of which the name pays homage to the eponymous film by Jean Renoir, reward a developer for the qualities innovative in his films, and his boldness and intransigence in directing and production.

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“In 2019, the SRF is proud to welcome a creator of emotions, the raw, fantastic and out of the ordinary. A filmmaker hinge between classical cinema and genre cinema,” said the organization of filmmakers in its press release. Independent filmmaker, with a career of over 40 years, also a composer of music, writer and producer, John Carpenter has directed horror movies and science fiction internationally recognized, among which Halloween , The Thing , New York, 1997 or Invasion Los Angeles .

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The SRF was born in 1968 following the murder of Henri Langlois (the name of the director of the Cinémathèque sacked and then reinstated following a movement of filmmakers) and the cancellation of the Cannes film Festival this year. She then created at Cannes the following year the directors ‘ Fortnight section is non-competitive. The Cannes film Festival this year will take place from 14 to 25 may, with the president of the jury for the mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.

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