The Lumière Film Festival opens with “The Innocent”, launches the classic film market | New

Festival Lumière 2022 (October 15-32) kicked off this weekend for a week-long celebration of heritage films and modern masters.

Today (October 18) marks the start of the festival’s international classic film market for industry professionals, the only such market in the world dedicated to classic cinema and film rights.

Highlights of this year’s event include a spotlight on Spain, a conversation with Manuel Alduy, director of cinema and digital fiction at France Télévisions, a DVD publishers’ fair and a focus on sustainability. in industry.

Now in his 14e edition and directed by Cannes’ Thierry Fremaux, this year’s festival features an all-star lineup including James Gray, Guillermo del Toro, Claude Lelouch, Nicolas Zinding Refn, Lee Chang-Dong, Jerzy Skolimowsi, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Nicole Garcia and Marlene Jobert.

Tim Burton will receive the 14 of the festivale Lumiere Award, an award given annually to a film figure celebrating their full filmography, and will see 17 of their films screened at the festival in addition to a Masterclass on October 21. Past winners include Jane Campion, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Ken Loach, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood.

While French cinemas are struggling to gain ground in the face of the pandemic, the Lumière festival plans to welcome more than 185,000 spectators for 9 days in more than 60 rooms for around 425 screenings. The opening night of the festival featured a gala screening of Louis Garrel the innocent which earned a standing ovation at the 5,000-seat Lyonnaise venue in the presence of the director and his actors Roschdy Zem and Noémie Merlant. The festival paid tribute to the late filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who died aged 91 in September.

Fremaux greeted the crowd saying, “It’s the biggest movie theater in the world. And it would be nothing without all of you, this audience that loves to watch on the big screen. »

Throughout the week, the festival will host retrospectives honoring Louis Malle, Sidney Lumet, André de Toth, Mai Zetterling, Jeanne Moreau and Meiko Kaji as well as screenings of new titles.

These include Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans, At Guillermo del Toro’s Pinochio, by Sebastien Lelio wonder, by Emily Atef More than ever, Simon Depardon and Marie Perennes Feminist Response and several titles which premiered in Cannes in May, including At Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Forever young (The Almond Trees) and The innocent.

Other events marking the intersection of past and present include a tribute concert to the late filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier who also served as president of the festival organizer Institut Lumière. The “Eastwood symphonic” will stage on Wednesday a tribute to Clint Eastwood’s filmography by his son, musician Kyle Eastwood and his quintet alongside the National Orchestra of Lyon.

The Lumière festival was created in 2009 by the Lumière Institute, directed by Fremaux and chaired by Irène Jacob who succeeded Tavernier in 2021. Festival events are scattered across the city of Lyon, including the birthplace of the first Cinématographe in 1895.

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