Tim Burton
Lumière Award honouree 2022


Tim Burton is a visionary, a master of styles and an artist, who has given the world of cinema a universe of rare coherence with an unprecedented impact on popular culture. From his first movies, Burton establishes his universe, skilfully blending his intensely personal expressivity with novelistic lyricism and pictorial references, traversing the entire history of art between the gothic and baroque, comedy, horror, romanticism or works tinged with melancholy. Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, as well as his sublime interpretation of the classic comic book Batman, put him on the map. His work also includes uproarious comedies, musicals, fantasy films or horror flicks: Mars Attacks!, Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow. From Big Fish to Ed Wood, from Alice in Wonderland to Dumbo, Burton is always in search of the best way to tell a story, following the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Lewis Carroll… It is impossible to dissociate Burton from the constellation of actors who have made up his galaxy: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Christina Ricci, Eva Green, Marion Cotillard… It is also thanks to the director’s long collaboration with composer Danny Elfman, who created some of the most iconic scores in contemporary cinema for him, that Tim Burton has become, over a 35-year career, a bona fide rock star of the big screen. With a great sense of pride, we celebrate his incomparable œuvre.

 © Leah Gallo

Master class
Conversation with Tim Burton

Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon 
Friday, October 21 at 3pm

Lumière Award Ceremony
Amphithéâtre, Lyon Conference Center
Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm
Followed by the screening of the film Dark Shadows (2012, 2h02) introduced by Tim Burton

Tim Burton All-Nighter
Halle Tony Garnier

Saturday, October 22 at 9pm
Beetlejuice by Tim Burton (1h32)
 Followed by Ed Wood by Tim Burton (2h07)
 Followed by Mars Attacks! by Tim Burton (1h45)
 Followed by Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton (1h45, prohib. for ages -12)

Films presented

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure by Tim Burton (1985, 1h31)
Pee-Wee is devastated: his bicycle has disappeared. He sets out to find it... Tim Burton's début feature film became a tremendous commercial hit. Danny Elfman's first composition for the cinema enhances the film’s universe, like a huge funfair.
Lumière Bellecour Mon17 8:30pm | Cinéma Opéra Wed19 4:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat22 4:45pm

Beetlejuice by Tim Burton (1988, 1h32)
Adam and Barbara die in a brutal accident. They return as ghosts to haunt their house, when a family moves in... A poetic, gothic comedy with radiant dark and wild humour.
UGC Astoria Sun16 2:30pm | Corbas Tue18 8pm | UGC Confluence Thu20 10pm |
Halle Tony Garnier Sat22 9pm (Tim Burton All-nighter, 1st film)

Batman by Tim Burton (1989, 2h06)
Violence, anarchy and corruption reign over Gotham City. A mysterious hero, Batman, emerges from the shadows... Adapted from the famous comic book, Tim Burton’s Batman is a personal work of art: a dark film set in a frighteningly obscure Gotham.
Craponne Sun16 6pm | Pathé Vaise Mon17 8:30pm | UGC Astoria Tue18 4:45pm | Institut Lumière Thu20 7:15pm |
Lumière Terreaux Fri21 4:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun23 2:45pm

Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton (1990, 1h45)
Edward is the creation of a brilliant inventor who died before he could attach his hands… In place of hands, he has sharp blades and scissors. A romantic love story charmingly portrayed by Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. The latter would become the director's alter ego in his future work.
Halle Tony Garnier Sun23 3pm

Batman Returns by Tim Burton (1992, 2h06)
Evil men dressed as clowns and a mysterious "Penguin" wreak havoc on the streets of Gotham City... A marked satire of America in a world where everything is out of focus and driven by ambivalent characters.
UGC Astoria Tue18 7:30pm | Institut Lumière Thu20 10pm | Comœdia Fri21 2:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun23 5:30pm

Ed Wood by Tim Burton (1994, 2h07)
Edward D. Wood Jr. wants to make movies, but the cinema is not interested in him and his weirdness... The portrait of a misunderstood filmmaker at work in old Hollywood, in impeccable black & white. Starring the superb duo of Johnny Depp and Vincent Price.
Pathé Bellecour Sun16 5pm | UGC Confluence Wed19 6:30pm | Tassin la Demi-Lune Thu20 8:30pm |
Halle Tony Garnier Sat22 9pm (Tim Burton All-Nighter, 2nd film)

Mars Attacks! by Tim Burton (1996, 1h45)
As Martians approach Earth, the White House is in a state of total disarray... Somewhere between pop culture and 1950s sci-fi, Mars Attacks! brings together a stellar cast. A deeply inventive and infinitely entertaining film.
Comœdia Mon17 11:15am | Pathé Bellecour Thu20 10pm | Halle Tony Garnier Sat22 9pm (Tim Burton All-Nighter, 3rd film) |
Villa Lumière Sun23 7pm

Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton (1999, 1h45, prohib. for ages -12)
1799. Ichabod Crane, a police inspector, is sent to the village of Sleepy Hollow to investigate crimes and decapitated victims... A gothic and elegant adaptation of a famous American legend, featuring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.
Institut Lumière Sat15 7:45pm | Comœdia Tue18 2:15pm | Décines Wed19 2:30pm | UGC Confluence Fri21 2pm |
Halle Tony Garnier Sat22 9pm (Tim Burton All-Nighter, 4th film)

Big Fish by Tim Burton (2004, 2h05)
Will, who can't stand his father's delusionary stories, moves away from him. When the son finds out the latter is ill, he returns, hoping to learn his true story... A modern tale, full of imagination and finesse, starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney.
UGC Astoria Mon17 8pm | Francheville Wed19 8:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu20 2:15pm | UGC Confluence Sat22 10:45am |
UGC Confluence Sun23 5:15pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Tim Burton (2005, 1h55)
Charlie finds the golden ticket in a chocolate bar, which opens the doors to Willy Wonka's legendary and secret chocolate factory... Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl story, starring Johnny Depp. A delightful fairy tale and a welcome rebuke of the enfant-roi.
Comœdia Sun16 10:45am (in French) | Lumière Bellecour Wed19 8:30pm | UGC Confluence Thu20 1:45pm

Corpse Bride by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson (2005, 1h17)
9th century, Eastern Europe. Victor discovers the afterlife after unwittingly marrying the corpse of a mysterious bride... An animated film, an enchanting tale of whimsy and fantasy, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson.
UGC Part-Dieu Sun16 3:45pm | Lumière Terreaux Mon17 5pm | Institut Lumière Tue18 6:15pm |
UGC Confluence Wed19 2:30pm (in French) | Meyzieu Sat22 8pm| UGC Astoria Sun23 2:30pm (in French)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Tim Burton (2007, 1h56, prohib. for ages -12)
After fifteen years behind bars, Sweeney Todd, a barber, returns to his shop and seeks revenge on Judge Turpin, who had convicted him... A macabre drama, with overflowing fountains of blood, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall.
UGC Confluence Sun16 4pm | Cinéma Opéra Tue18 7pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri21 9:45pm | Comœdia Sat22 5:30pm

Frankenweenie by Tim Burton (2012, 1h27)
Sparky, Victor's beloved dog, is hit by a car. Victor tries to revive him... Remarkably fluid animation, a narrative punctuated by twists and turns, and character expressions of great sensitivity.
Pathé Bellecour Tue18 2:30pm (in French) | Villa Lumière Wed19 2pm (in French) | UGC Confluence Sun23 11:15am

Big Eyes by Tim Burton (2014, 1h47)
Margaret and Walter Keane are both painters. The couple encourage each other and show their work together... A tragicomedy based on the true story of the Keanes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
Pathé Bellecour Tue18 4:15pm | UGC Astoria Thu20 5:30pm | UGC Confluence Fri21 11am

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Tim Burton (2016, 2h07)
Upon the death of his grandfather, Jake discovers the orphanage for special children run by Miss Peregrine... A film immersed in melancholic poetry, with an exceptional cast: Judi Dench, Terence Stamp, Eva Green.
Pathé Bellecour Sat22 10:45am

Dumbo by Tim Burton (2019, 1h52)
Holt Farrier, a former circus star, is entrusted with the task of caring for a baby elephant with gigantic ears... A satire of showbiz society starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green.
Comœdia Sun23 10:45am (in French)

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The Nightmare Before Christmas by Henry Selick (1993, 1h16)
Jack, the Pumpkin King, is weary of organising Halloween. In the forest, he discovers Christmas Town, and envies the joy of that land... A project created and developed by Burton, a musical that revolutionised stop-motion animation.
Halle Tony Garnier Sun16 3pm (in French) | Pathé Bellecour Sat22 10:15pm

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