Francis Ford Coppola to Recieve Honorary Lumière Award in France


Five-time Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola will be receiving the Honorary Lumière Award at this year’s Lumière Film Festival in France. As reported on by Variety,  Coppola is to receive the honor for his lengthy body of work across many acclaimed feature films. “The Godfather” trilogy of films will also screen on the night of his honor.

From the Variety article:

As part of the tribute to Coppola, “The Godfather” trilogy will be screened through the night. As he unveiled the lineup inside the packed auditorium of the Institut Lumière, Fremaux described Coppola as a “cinema giant” and a pioneer who dared to venture off the beaten path throughout his career with movies like “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.”

Coppola’s 1970 biographical war drama “Patton” won the director his first Oscar for the film’s writing and screenplay. Two years later, Coppola won the Best Screenplay Oscar for the film that would lead the pack of suave crime dramas in cinema, “The Godfather,” starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan, to name a few. His greatest of Oscar-winning films also includes “The Godfather: Part II,” which took home the awards for Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material, Best Director and Best Picture.

“The Godfather: Part II” (1974)

In 2011, the Academy awarded him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award given to “creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” One of Coppola’s notable films is “Apocalypse Now,” the war drama that went on to win the FIPRESCI and Palme d’Or Prizes at Cannes, as well as the Oscar for cinematography and sound.

The Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival takes place October 12-20 in Lyon, France. The festival will also host recent Palme d’Or-winning film “Parasite,” from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. Previous recipients of the festival’s Honorary Lumière Award include Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, Clint Eastwood, Wong Kar-wai and Pedro Almodóvar.

Institut Lumière put together and released a montage clip in honor of Coppola, highlighting an unbeaten appetite for the medium through his timeless portfolio. Check out the video below!

What are some of your favorite Francis Ford Coppola films? Which would you screen on his honorable fest night? Let us know in the comments below!