Harvey Weinstein, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth rolled into Lyon on Friday, joining Uma Thurman, already in town, to pay tribute to this year's Lumiere Award winner, Quentin Tarantino, during a mega-ceremony emceed and orchestrated by the festival's director, Thierry Fremaux.

Numerous French personalities, including "Inglourious Basterds" star Melanie Laurent, also made the trip to Lyon's Lumiere festival to pay homage to the helmer, who enjoys rock star status in France.

Tarantino also programmed his own sidebar for the fest, A Personal Journey Through Cinema by Quentin Tarantino, and presented each of the films at screenings. His selections ranged from Tony Scott's "True Romance" to Sergio Corbucci's "Minnesota Clay" to "Le Voyou" by Claude Lelouch, who was also in Lyon.

Tarantino was joined on stage by Weinstein, Roth, Thurman, Laurent and Keitel, among others, who delivered a series of entertaining, colorful and heartfelt tributes to the helmer.

"I've always considered myself a kind of a lone wolf, I've never really had a family. The people here on stage are my family. Their affection and respect is all I ever want," said Tarantino.

"In the U.S., Miramax was the house that Quentin built; the Weinstein Co. was the house that Quentin saved," said Weinstein as the crowd laughed,

And while the luminaries onstage delivered remarks, Laurent chose to deliver her tribute in song, crooning "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in a velvety voice to Tarantino.

"I will accept this award on behalf of all (those) who love cinema more than life," Tarantino said. "Cinema is my religion and France is the Vatican."

Tarantino ended the ceremony shouting his famed mantra: "Vive le cinema!"


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