Mexican film director Inarritu honored in Zurich

October 3, 2011 • Entertainment

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, right, and Swiss-German director Marc Forster, left, arrive for the Award Night of the Zurich Film Festival, at the Opera of Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. (AP Photo / KEYSTONE, Steffen [auth] Schmidt)

ZURICH (AP) — Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has picked up a special honor for a body of work that includes this year’s Oscar-nominated “Biutiful,” the haunting tale of a cancer-stricken father.

The director acclaimed for movies such as “Babel” and “Amores Perros” received a Golden Eye award for career achievement Saturday night from the Zurich Film Festival.

It is the first time the festival has given one of its top awards to a Mexican director.

Inarritu’s movies have been nominated for 10 Oscars and feature his well-known style of interweaving several simultaneous plot lines.

The festival in Switzerland’s biggest city ends Sunday after drawing an estimated 45,000 visitors.

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