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France honors director Haneke in Cannes ceremony

Austrian director Michael Haneke poses with the Commander in the Order of Arts and Literature, which was awarded French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand, not seen, at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 16, 2010. Austrian director Michael Haneke poses with the Commander in the Order of Arts and Literature, which was awarded French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand, not seen, at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
May 16, 2010

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CANNES, France—Award-winning Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke has yet another feather in his cap. "The White Ribbon" director has been added to France's cultural honor roll in a ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand pinned a green and gold medallion on the filmmaker, making him a Commander in France's National Order of Arts and Letters. French actress Juliette Binoche, the star of Haneke's "Hidden" and "Code Unknown," was on hand for Sunday's ceremony.

Mitterrand praised Haneke for his unflinching examination of violence -- a constant theme in his movies, including the Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon." Set in pre-World War I Germany, the film won Cannes' top prize last year.

Haneke said Sunday's distinction showed that France loves him as much as he loves France.

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