The ceremony was emceed by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of both Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals. Fremaux, who created the festival seven years ago with vet French helmer Bertrand Tavernier to showcase heritage films, said the pair had dreamt of honoring Scorsese even since the festival was launched.
“This festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things in an absolute way,” Fremaux told Variety before the fest kicked off. Previous Lumiere tributes were awarded to Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Clint Eastwood.
Like a rock star, Scorsese walked into the jam-packed