New Zealand director Jane Campion wins the Lumière Award 2021


The filmmaker, the only woman to have received the Palme d’Or, will be rewarded by the Lyon festival for her “style recognizable among all the others, an unusual aesthetic and dazzling poetry”.

After Catherine Deneuve in 2016 and Jane Fonda in 2018, another woman will be crowned by the Lyon film festival. On Monday, the event’s organizers announced that Jane Campion, the 67-year-old New Zealand director, will be the winner of the Lumière 2021 prize to salute “a style recognizable among all the others, an unusual aesthetic and a dazzling poetry“. Jane Campion succeeds the Dardenne brothers, awarded last year. She will receive her prize during the 13th edition of the festival, which will take place from October 9 to 17 in Lyon.

Born in 1954 in Wellington, New Zealand, Jane Campion comes from an actress mother and a theater director father. After a degree in anthropology, she decided to study art in England and then in Australia. It was in the early 1980s that she launched into the world of cinema and in 1982 released her first short film, Peel, awarded the palme d’or for short film at Cannes. She is the first woman in the history of the festival to receive this award. Seven years later, the director tries her hand at feature films with Sweetie, presented in competition at Cannes 1989. His second film, An angel at my table, released in 1990, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

An award that will allow Jane Campion to acquire international fame, reinforced by a new award three years later: The Piano Lesson will earn him the Palme d’Or at the 46th Cannes Film Festival. She thus becomes the first woman to receive such an award, and the first personality to hold the palm for both a feature and a short film. The director then continues to make history, in front of the first filmmaker president of the jury at Cannes in 2014. And Jane Campion intends to mark the Lumière Festival this year with another “premiere”: if she is not the first woman to receive the award, on the other hand, she is the first director to obtain it. Before them, it was two actresses who received it, namely Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda.

Evocative voice-over, photographic composition of shots, a crack in normality to the point of discomfort … The Campion style shakes the cinema planet»From his first film, An angel at my table in 1989, reports the Lumière Institute. With seven feature films in her twenty-year career, Jane Campion has established herself in the world of filmmakers, and has adapted to her time by putting herself in the direction of television programs. Thus, in 2013 and then in 2017, she worked on Top of the Lake, co-produced by BBC Two. She will present her new feature film in the fall, The Power of the Dog, adapted from a book by Don Winslow, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

In their press release, the organizers specify that celebrating the director’s career is “obviousness and pride“, And that it was”one of Bertrand Tavernier’s last wishes», The Lyon filmmaker who directed the Institut Lumière until his death last March.

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