International stars of cinema come together at Festival Lumière
by Fabien Lemercier
- Coppola, Bellocchio, Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho, García Bernal, Loach, McDormand and many others will be in Lyon to celebrate heritage cinema from 12 to 20 October
With 185 000 spectators in 2018, the Festival Lumière has set the bar very high for an event centred on heritage cinema. Considering the prestigious line-up of guests set to attend, this undeniable success should be reproduced at the 11th edition of the event, organised by Thierry Frémaux (who is also the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival) and taking place in Lyon from 12 to 20 October.
In the spotlight is Francis Ford Coppola, recipient of the 2019 Lumière award, set to deliver a masterclass on 18 October, and honoured with a screening of the Godfather trilogy during “The Night of the Godfather” as well as Apocalypse Now Final Cut closing the festival. Other illustrious guests whose filmographies will be explored and who will converse with the audience include: American actress Frances McDormand, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, Italian director Marco Bellocchio (with four films in the programme, including his latest, The Traitor [+see also:
Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
film profile]), Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, French actor Daniel Auteuil, French actress of Russian origins Marina Vlady, and Mexican actor/director Gael García Bernal. Also at the festival will be English director Ken Loach (bringing Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
Q&A: Ken Loach
film profile] with him) and American director Martin Scorsese with a preview of The Irishman (a Netflix film which sadly will not be released in French cinemas).
Faithful to the concept of a festival that seeks to create connections between the past and the present of cinephilia, nearly 120 other guests (most of them filmmakers and actors) will be coming to Lyon to introduce screenings. Among them are Philippe Garrel, Bertrand Tavernier, Robin Campillo, Marisa Paredes, Martá Mészáros, Rebecca Zlotowski, Bérénice Bejo, Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, Ariane Ascaride, Barbet Schroeder, Roman Coppola, Claire Burger, Christian Carion, Émilie Dequenne, Monia Chokri, Ludivine Sagnier, Hafsia Herzi, Jean-Paul Salomé, Jaco van Dormael and Jacques Doillon.
Standing out from the very rich programme are an homage to French actor Serge Reggiani, George A. Romero’s Zombies trilogy, a short Gaspar Noé night programme, a focus on Italian director Lina Wertmüller, another on French director André Cayatte, a big screening of Alain Chabat’s Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the programme "Forbidden Hollywood: Warner treasures", and the new section "Lumière Classics" which will feature the most beautiful film restorations of the year (films by Jean Renoir, Frank Borzage, Vittorio De Sica, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Mikhaïl Kalatozov, René Clément, Marcel Carné, Edmond T. Gréville, Juraj Herz, Lucian Pintilie, Lee Tamahori, Denys de La Patellière, Philippe de Broca, Léonard Keigel, Edouard Molinaro, Jacques Doillon, Tony Gatlif, Barbet Schroeder and Philippe Garrel).
In addition are the rarities of the "Treasures and Curiosities" programme (works by Zoltán Fábri, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karen Shakhnazarov, Elo Havetta, Jan Troell, Bo Widerberg, Fredi M. Murer), the "Big classics in clack and white" section (which include Citizen Kane, The Rules of the Game, M and Tokyo Story), the "Sublime moments of silent cinema" programme featuring a screening of Abel Gance’s The Wheel with live score (7 hours of film), documentaries on cinema, a programme for children and the "Epic screenings" (featuring, among others, Papillon, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Great Escape and Mississippi Burning).
This flurry of classics will leave some space to new films, with Cannes titles such as Nicolas Bedos’ La Belle Époque [+see also:
interview: Nicolas Bedos
film profile] (which will open the festival) and The Specials [+see also:
film profile] by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano.
Cinema professionals will also be involved with the 7th Classic Film Market (from 15 to 18 October). The guest country this year is Germany and Peter Becker (of The Criterion Collection) will be stepping into the role of impartial participant to deliver the keynote speech. Distributors will unveil their line-up and many roundtable conversations will analyse the current situation of this section of the industry. Among the topics discussed will be "The future of distribution and exhibition of heritage cinema in the era of streaming" (with the participation of Julie Pearce, from the BFI), "What place for heritage cinema in cinemas in Europe?", "Video edition: How to buy and sell films overseas", "What are the business models of the heritage cinema field in France" and "What relationships between sellers and buyers of heritage cinema".
(Translated from French)
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