Cinema giant Francis Ford Coppola crowned with the Prix Lumière

Cinema giant Francis Ford Coppola crowned with the Prix Lumière

The legendary American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, author of "Godfather" and "Apocalypse now", received the Prix Lumière for his entire career on Friday evening in Lyon, for the ten years of the Lumière Festival, dedicated to the classics of the 7th Art.

"I saw myself again, as a child, sitting on the curb while a parade passed (...) I just wanted to be part of it. And tonight, you allowed me to feel what I want most in the world , the feeling of being part of a group, and thank you for that, "he said before receiving his award from the hands of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho and French actress Nathalie Baye, who was part of the jury chaired by Coppola in Cannes in 1996.

"There are three things that I felt this evening, and which are very present here in Lyon. And ironically, these are the three things that this world in shambles (...) needs most: the friendliness, the 'enthusiasm and celebration,' he added.

The 80-year-old director, awarded two Palmes d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for "Secret Conversation" and "Apocalypse now", received the Lumière prize ten years after Clint Eastwood, the first film giant to be celebrated in Lyon. He succeeded actress Jane Fonda, who won the award last year.

The American filmmaker also thanked Bong Joon-ho, who had explained how he had been marked by his films. Francis Ford Coppola stressed that to initiate vocations was "his ultimate goal".

"I always had the feeling that the greatest reward that exists is that a young person sees one of my works and then decides that she wants to write a novel or make a film," he said. declared.

A "Night of the Godfather", with the screening of the three films from the cult saga, will take place on Saturday evening at the Lumière Festival. The mythical "Apocalypse Now" on the Vietnam War will be screened Sunday at the end of the Festival, in a new version redesigned by the filmmaker for the film's 40th anniversary.