Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of such classics as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, has picked up another award – the Prix Lumière for the ensemble of his work.
The film festival in Lyon, France, in its second year, is named after the Lumière brothers, pioneers of film making.
Forman paid tribute to them as he received his award. “I’m tempted to divide the history of humanity not into before Christ and after Christ but before Lumière and after Lumière,” he said.
Forman, whose parents both died in Nazi death camps, began his career in his native Czechoslovakia, as the country was then known.
He later moved to the US where he earned international fame with movies such as Hair and The People Vs Larry Flint.
Euronews journalist, Wolfgang Spindler was at the award ceremony.
He commented: “Milos Forman – a living legend of cinema. The Lumière Award goes to a film maker for whom telling an interesting story has always been important – and almost always with a characteristic sense of humour.”