American director Tim Burton will receive the 14th Prix Lumière in Lyon on Friday October 21, 2022.

A style so inimitable within the Hollywood industry

After Jane Campion in 2021, it is the turn of American filmmaker Tim Burton (Ed Woods, Batman, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands) to receive the prestigious Lumière Award at the traditional Lumière Festival, which will be held from October 15 to 23 in the city that saw the birth of the cinematograph. Tim Burton, is known worldwide for his goofy, gothic and offbeat universe, his affection for the seemingly monstrous figures and his style so inimitable within the Hollywood industry.

A Tim Burton night

The Lumière Festival has already announced that a Tim Burton Night will take place on Saturday October 22 at the Halle Tony Garnier with, on the program, screenings of Beetlejuice, Ed Woods, Mars Attacks! and Sleepy Hollow (ticket office here). Tim Burton will be in Lyon from October 20 to 23 and will receive the Lumière Award on October 21. The Lumière Prize was created in 2009 by the Institut Lumière – directed by Bertrand Tavernier until his death in March 2021 – to celebrate a personality for all of his work and the link he maintains with the history of the movie theater.

Romantic and pictural references

From his first films and his first successes, Burton establishes his universe, a clever mix of a very personal style and romantic and pictorial references that run through the entire history of art. Between Gothic and Baroque, comedy, horror, romanticism and melancholy. Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990), as well as his sublime interpretation of the classic of comics culture Batman (1989 and 1992), install him in the firmament. Skeletons, witches, goblins, ghosts, robots, anthropomorphic monkeys, catwoman or headless horseman haunt the work of the filmmaker, who defines the tale Beauty and the Beast as the “indispensable matrix”, the “tale whose of genre and monsters are inspired”.

35 years of career

The work of Tim Burton is also hilarious comedies, musicals, fantastic or horrific: Mars Attacks! (1996), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), Sleepy Hollow, Legend of the Headless Horseman (1999). And a unique work on animation that runs through his filmography. Impossible to think of Burton without the host of actors who accompanied his career: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter of course, but also Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Christina Ricci, Eva Green and of course Marion Cotillard in Big Fish. Faithful who have contributed to bringing the universe of the master to life, who cites the great silent actor Lon Chaney (the man of a thousand faces) as one of his original inspirations. His long collaboration with the composer Danny Elfman, who wrote for him some of the most beautiful themes of contemporary cinema, contributed to forging the legend of Burton, who became, in 35 years of career, a true rock star of the 7th art.

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