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Bertolucci in front of a "The Dreamers" screening. Photo by Guilherme Zühlke O'Connor

Although he’s been directing since he was 22, Bernardo Bertolucci (Il conformistaLast Tango in Paris, The Dreamers, has never won the Cannes Palme d’Or for best film.  Yesterday, however, he received the Palme d’Honneur, the new Cannes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now wheelchair -bound – an experience he compares to being a constant dolly movement – Bertolucci hasn’t made a new film in several years, but is currently working on a new project. He has revealed that his return to directing was inspired by viewing James Cameron’s Avatar.

The movies Bertolucci would like to see in 3D?  Fellini’s 81/2 and Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. Choices which explain how he arrived at his upcoming film (Io e te, scheduled for 2013), a 3D drama that includes the subject of heroin abuse.