170 films showcased at Festival Lumière
by Fabien Lemercier
- Heritage cinema returns to the limelight in Lyon for a 10th edition, featuring various contemporary films, including Roma
With 171,000 festival-goers hoping to attend the event dedicated to classic cinema this year, Festival Lumière has succeeded in propelling heritage cinema to incredibly popular heights. A craze skillfully orchestrated by Thierry Frémaux (General Delegate of Cannes Film Festival) around a strategy of getting modern celebrities, filmmakers and actors to present classic films to an audience. However, despite the 10th edition – which will be opened by Itinerary of a Spoiled Child by Claude Lelouch and closed by Grapes of Wrath by John Ford – not exactly straying from its editorial line, with 174 films in the programme, this year, it has at least allowed itself a few small incursions into modern cinema, such as the French premiere of Roma by Alfonso Cuarón, which won the Lion d’Or at Venice (a Netflix production banned from competing at Cannes due to regulations that constrain films in competition on the Croisette to be distributed in French cinemas before being released on SVOD 36 months later, a timeline that has resulted in various blockages and conflicts with the powerful American platform). The Lyon-based festival will also be hosting an event on the Mexican director’s films, as well as a masterclass on 16 October.
It's worth noting that another Netflix film, which was screened at Venice (out of competition), The Other Side of the Wind, the final film by Orson Welles – finished 50 years after filming began and 33 years after the director's death – will be screened at Lumière and presented by the American filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (who will also be giving a masterclass in Lyon). Claire Denis will also be in attendance with four feature films (including High Life [+see also:
interview: Claire Denis
film profile], unveiled at Toronto and in competition at San Sebastian) and a masterclass in the programme.
Further masterclasses will be given by the Swedish actress and director Liv Ullmann, the Spanish star Javier Bardem, the actress Françoise Arnoul, Claude Lelouch and the American actress Jane Fonda, to whom the Prix Lumière 2018 will be awarded, and a retrospective will be dedicated (13 fiction films and three documentaries) and who has also composed a selection of ten films paying tribute to her father, Henry Fonda. Also worth mentioning is the meeting with Vincent Lindon and a programmed event focusing on the Algerian actress Biyouna.
Around one hundred personalities will be presenting heritage films at Lyon, including the filmmakers Stephen Frears, Fatih Akin, Juan Antonio Bayona, Jerzy Skolimowski, Cheng Pei-Pei, Hugh Hudson, Jerry Schatzberg, Margarethe von Trotta, Marco Tullio Giordana and Robin Campillo, etc. This year’s very rich edition also includes focuses on the filmographies of Henri Decoin, Richard Thorpe, Muriel Box and King Hu, a few large screenings (Powell and Pressburger, Peckinpah, Chahine, Ang Lee, etc.), various events (Kubrick, Malle), some exciting re-releases (Monicelli, Ôshima, Carpenter, Forman, etc.), some new restorations (Jules Dassin, Vittorio De Sica, Anatole Litvak, Nicholas Ray, Billy Wilder, Jules Dassin, etc.), some silent film concerts (Chaplin, Keaton, etc.), an homage to Catherine Hessling (Jean Renoir’s muse), the first films by René Clair, the Godard project (with 21st century films by the director, as well as his latest release The Image Book [+see also:
film profile], winner of the special Palme d’Or at Cannes), various archival treasures, a section dedicated to children, various documentaries about cinema, a Sergio Leone night and two The Lord of the Rings nights.
The 6th edition of the professional Classic Film Market, the only event of its kind, will take place from 16 to 19 October. Poland is this year’s guest country and Sandra den Hamer (Eye) will be stepping into the role of impartial participant (with keynote support), before distributors reveal their line-ups. There will also be numerous round tables, including one entitled "Viewers of the future: European visual training tools" with the participation of Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner in charge of the economy and digital society), as well as another analysing the impact on heritage films of the requirement stating that 30% of all films distributed on platforms must be European.
(Translated from French)
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