French film star Catherine Deneuve receives Japanese award

Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko greet Praemium Imperiale culture award winners including French actress Catherine Deneuve, rear left, in its reception in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Kyodo News via AP)
French actress Catherine Deneuve attends an award presentation ceremony for the Praemium Imperiale culture award in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Deneuve is awarded for her achievement in Theatre and Film. (Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — French film star Catherine Deneuve has received Japan's most prestigious art award at a ceremony in Tokyo, where she was greeted by Emperor Akihito.

Deneuve received the Praemium Imperiale on Tuesday for her achievement in film and theater performances.

The 84-year-old Akihito, who is abdicating at the end of April, shook hands with Deneuve at a reception afterward and congratulated her, according to Japan's Kyodo News agency.

Deneuve has appeared in more than 100 films during a career spanning over 60 years.

The 75-year-old Deneuve is currently working on a new film by Japanese award-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda in Paris. She said at a news conference Monday that she's lucky to be able to work with Koreeda and thanked him for giving her a break to pick up her award.

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