Quentin Tarantino was awarded the prestigious Prix Lumiere Prize in France yesterday with Uma Thurman and stars Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth paying tribute to him.
The ceremony took place in Lyon and the acclaimed director received the award in recognition of his film career so far.
Keitel, who played fixer Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, spoke about his relationship with Tarantino at the ceremony, saying, “Damn, I'm not going to make it through this . . . I always felt we were meant for each other and nothing could keep us apart. Maybe if he had been a woman we could have gotten married, had kids!
“Working with Quentin is like reading a great novel or hearing a great symphony or piece of music - it changes you. You don't know how, but it has."
Uma Thurman, who played The Bride in the Kill Bill movies, also paid tribute to Taratino, "For all your wildness, your work always has aspirations for justice, freedom from oppression, courage, and most of all love and passion . . . You have been an explosion of dynamite in the art of cinema itself."
Tarantino then thanked the stars of his films: "I don't have words for how I feel - probably one of the first times that has happened to me. I have always thought of myself as a lone wolf, but always because I never really had a family, but these people are my family. Their affection and respect is all I ever want."