Thierry Fremaux, Director of the Institut Lumière announced today that on Friday October 17th, the Grand Lyon Film Festival will be honoring Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar with the 2014 Lumière Award. Almodovar is the controversial director of films such as All About My Mother, Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Volver. The Spanish director’s work has earned him considerable respect the world over, even earning him a Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay for his 2002 piece, Talk To Her.
According to the Grand Lyon Film Festival press release, “The Lumière Award was created by Thierry Frémaux to celebrate a filmmaker or personality of the cinema in Lyon, the very place where the Cinematograph was invented by Louis and Auguste Lumière, and where they shot their first film,Workers Leaving the Factory, in 1895. Because we must express our appreciation to the directors and artists of the cinema who fill our lives, the Lumière Award is a distinction reflecting time, gratitude, and admiration.”
This is only the 6th time the award has been presented, earlier recipients include Gerard Depardieu, Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Milos Foreman and Quentin Tarantino.
The Grand Lyon Film Festival is slated to run from October 13th – 19th. Get all of the festival details at their website, here.