Martin Scorsese is set to receive the 7th Lumiere award at the Lyon-set festival created by Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux and French director Bertrand Tavernier.
The Lumiere fest, which celebrates classics and heritage films, will pay tribute to Scorsese for his “entire filmography, for his generous love of film, for his tireless fight for the preservation of the cinema of yesteryear, for his feature films, for his documentaries, for his love of music, for his kindness to young filmmakers from around the world, and also for his thunderous laugh,” it stated.
Scorsese, who will make his first trip to Lyon for the occasion, said: “What the Lumière festival does is very important. And it means a lot to me. I am proud to be invited and to receive the Lumière Award.”
Past Lumiere honoraries have included Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood.
Scorsese shares Fremaux’s dedication and passion for heritage films. He created in 1990 the Film Foundation in the U.S., which has restored dozens of masterpieces. Scorsese also teamed with Fremaux and Gian Luca Farinelli to launch the World Cinema Foundation in 2007 during Cannes with the ambition to fund the restoration of films from Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or Africa. Recently renamed the World Cinema Project, the org continues to present its restoration work at Cannes Classics, in Bologna and other locations. Some of these films will also be shown in Lyon.
Scorsese has a close relationship with Cannes, having won the Palme d’Or in 1976 with “Taxi Driver.” Scorsese then served as the jury’s president in 1998 and remains honorary president of the Cinéfondation, which was created by Gilles Jacob to nurture emerging directors throughout the world.
On top of directing 23 feature films, Scorsese has also written and directed several documentaries, most of which dealt with two of his passions: films (Elia Kazan or Sidney Lumet) and music (George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan).
Scorsese, who won an Oscar in 2007 for “The Departed,” has just completed filming “Silence” in Asia, adapted from the novel by Japanese writer Shusaku Endo.
Scorsese’s work will also be placed under the spotlight during an exhibition hosted by the French Cinematheque — and conceived by its German counterpart — beginning Oct. 14.
The Lumière Award ceremony will take place Oct. 16.
Here is a video provided by the Lumiere Festival: