The high-end Swiss watch manufacturer and partner of the Festival Lumière, honored Quentin Tarantino with the Lumière Award. The iconic film director, screenwriter, producer and actor became the fifth recipient of the award created by The Lumière Institute.
The Lumière Award was established by The Lumière Institute to celebrate an artist, in Lyon, the very place where the cinematography was invented by brothers Lumière, Louis and Auguste, and where they shot their first film, Sortie d’Usine, in 1895.
The iconic American filmmaker has been awarded not only for his films, but also for his radiant cinephilia, his in-film tributes to the whole cast of cinematic mythology, as well as for his personal life-long motto, delivered in the French: “VIVE LE CINEMA!”. Following the award ceremony, Tarantino was presented a Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time.
‘‘Quentin Tarantino has left his mark on cinema to become one of the most influential and distinctive directors of his generation,” said Michele Sofisti, the CEO of Girard-Perregaux. “His bold creative spirit has brought great innovation to modern cinema,” he concluded.
In partnership with the festival, the luxury watchmaker will support the Institut Lumière in its ongoing efforts to work on the promotion of film heritage, thus remaining the part of the Swiss watchmaker’s engagement in the moviemaking industry.
Last year, GP has announced that it would be the Exclusive Timekeeper and a Founding Supporter of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, to be located in Los Angeles and slated to open in 2016.
Quentin Tarantino has worked in television, and written eight feature films and some 15 screenplays. His work has been constantly won wining the adoration of both critic and audience alike. He received the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction in 1994, and the most of his other movies became classics of the modern screen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Death Proof, Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds).