news 21 Nov 12

France Honours Three Serbian Intellectuals

The French ambassador to Belgrade bestowed the Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters on three intellectuals for their creativity and contribution to Franco-Serbian understanding.

Tanjug, Beta

The French ambassador to Serbia, Francois-Xavier Deniau, on Monday awarded the Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, the literary translator Neda Valcic Lazovic and movie director Goran Markovic with medals of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

During the ceremony in the French embassy Deniau said that the three intellectuals had made a great contribution to the spread of the influence of Serbian culture in the world and to the spread of French culture in Serbia, too.

"You are among those individuals who, through their own efforts and their actions, contribute to spreading an open spirit," Deniau noted.

The three Serbs received medals for overall creativity - Markovic for directing more than 50 films, many of which entered the anthology of Serbian cinema, and for contributing to dialogue and cooperation with France.

Karanovic was awarded for playing significant roles in some 90 movies, theatre plays and television films, as well as for personal involvement in the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, democracy and tolerance in society.

Lazovic was honoured for having interviewed more than 60 world famous writers, such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Orhan Pamuk and Paul Auster.

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957, and confirmed as part of the The National Order of Merit by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

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