A showcase for classics rebroadcast on the big screen, a meeting with big names in cinema and, this year, a window on a private Cannes selection of Croisette by the coronavirus: the Lumière festival opened on Saturday in Lyon. “The death of cinema, we don’t believe it at all and we are full”To think so, declared Thierry Frémaux, director of the Lumière Institute of Lyon and general delegate of the Cannes festival, at the opening of the meeting in Lyon that he is piloting.
Upon their arrival, the guest stars were delighted, such as Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who “held“Coming to Lyon:”it’s a great way to show the world that the movie industry is still here and is still aliveHe told reporters. “We love cinema like that, the show“, Added the American Oliver Stone:”People react at the same time as you, it’s touching“.
This year, the festival pays tribute to Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, double winners of the Palme d’Or, by awarding them the 12th Lumière prize. For a week, it will also celebrate French dialogue writer and screenwriter Michel Audiard – who would have turned 100 this year – with a retrospective of his films in restored copies.
In this year turned upside down by the health crisis, the great peculiarity of Lumière is an exceptional window offered to the “Official Cannes 2020 Selection”. The most prestigious of international festivals could not be held on the Croisette, but 56 films received this distinction. Twenty-three of them are offered a remedial session in Lyon, where they will be screened in the presence of their teams, as well as part of “Cannes Classics”, dedicated to cinema classics.
These films range from Aya and the Witch, the latest cartoon by Gorô Miyazaki, the son of the founder of Japanese studios Ghibli, at Drunk, social satire on the place of alcohol by Danish Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) or Falling, a family drama about a father and his son which marks the passage to the direction of the American-Danish actor Viggo Mortensen. The Lyon festival, chaired by director Bertrand Tavernier, was launched in 2009 by the Institut Lumière. Its Prize has recognized the careers of big names such as Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Wong Kar-wai and Catherine Deneuve.