London film festival to honor Cronenberg, Fiennes

Tue Oct 4, 2011 1:17pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - The BFI London Film Festival will honor Canadian director David Cronenberg and British actor/director Ralph Fiennes with fellowships at the end of this year's event, organizers said on Tuesday.

They also announced the nine-strong shortlist for best picture which included opening movie "360" and "Faust," which won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival.

Cronenberg has made acclaimed films crossing a number of genres including "The Fly," "Naked Lunch," "Eastern Promises" and "A History of Violence."

His latest picture "A Dangerous Method" is included in this year's festival lineup.

Fiennes is a respected stage actor who has won plaudits for big screen performances in "The English Patient," "Schindler's List" and the "Harry Potter" movies in which he plays evil Lord Voldemort.

His directorial debut "Coriolanus" has a gala screening in London.

The best film prize, to be announced at an awards ceremony on October 26, will be decided from:

* 360, Fernando Meirelles, UK/Austria/France/Brazil

* The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, France   Continued...