Canadian director receiving Legion d'honneur

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.”

Cronenberg is rewriting to direct the Michael Brandt/Derek Haas-scripted “The Matarese Circle,” MGM’s adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller novel that looms as a potential pairing of Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise.

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