French honor Tim Burton, Marion Cotillard

Inducted into France's National Order of Arts and Letters

PARIS -- Director Tim Burton headed from Wonderland to Paris on Monday to be inducted into France's National Order of Arts and Letters alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard.

France's Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterand named Burton an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters and Cotillard a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the ceremony held at the Cultural Ministry.

"I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country and I thank you very much," Burton said of the honor. Burton will head back to France in May to serve as jury president at this year's Festival de Cannes. Cotillard thanked Burton for "opening the doors to American cinema" thanks to her role in the director's 2003 film "Big Fish."

The French premiere of Burton's latest film "Alice in Wonderland" will host its red carpet premiere in Paris on Monday night before hitting Gallic screens on March 24.
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