French actress to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at European Film Awards.

The European Film Academy is to present French actress Catherine Deneuve with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The star of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and more recently François Ozon’s Potiche and of will be an honorary guest at the 26th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin, where she will collect the honour.

The 69-year-old actrees first gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof and mysterious beauties in films such as Repulsion (1965) and Luis Buñuel’s Belle de jour (1967). Deneuve was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for her performance in Indochine. She won César Awards for Indochine and The Last Metro (1980). She has also appeared in several English-language films such as 1983 cult classic The Hunger. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

She is currently shooting Trois Coeurs with director Benoît Jacquot.