Francis Ford Coppola lights up Lyon’s Lumiere Film Festival

The work of cult US filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola shone brightly for the organisers of the 2019 Lumière festival, which ends on Sunday in Lyon.

“Lumière and its festivalgoers honour one of the greatest living legends in the history of cinema,” declared festival president Bertrand Tavernier and festival director Thierry Frémaux.

Coppola received the festival’s prestigious Lumière award on Friday.

“Francis Ford Coppola has constantly probed the art of film, exploring innovative modes of narration and style, while maintaining accomplished forms of film classicism in his absolute quest for independence and freedom of creation.”

Although it seems he was designated as the worthy successor of the Hollywood emperors, Coppola has always remained faithful to the ideals of his youth, incessantly questioning the art of telling and producing stories.

Some great names from world cinema were there to honour him, including South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.

“It’s a great honour to be here with him because he’s someone who really changed his era and really changed something in the cinema,” he told Euronews.

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