Director Jane Campion superstar of the Festival Lumière de Lyon

9:58 a.m. on October 17, 2021, modified at 9:58 a.m. on October 17, 2021

He did it! Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, brought together the two directors who won the Palme d’Or twenty-eight years apart: Julia Ducournau, winner in 2021 for Titanium, and Jane Campion, who entered the legend in 1993 with The Piano Lesson, his masterpiece. The youngest presented the Lumière Festival prize to her illustrious elder during an unforgettable evening at the Amphitheater of the Lyon Convention Center, and delivered a vibrant speech against her. “We have never met and yet she has been with me everywhere for three months, she said. Life has drawn an intimate line between us. invaded, I thought of her. She saved me from loneliness. And taught me that to become a woman is to fight to be free and to remain so. “

Jane Campion “embarrassed to cry at [son] own tribute “

After a video montage of the highlights of her exceptional career, the queen of the ceremony took the stage upset, with an audience standing and applauding wildly. “We don’t do that kind of thing in New Zealand, when I come back home I’m going to be thrown in jail for having a big head,” she joked. “Cinema gave me life. Coming here, where it was invented by the Lumière brothers, it’s like going to Bethlehem. They had wives and sisters I believe, so I think of them. I’m embarrassed to cry at my own homage! “

The testimonies of gratitude have followed one another towards the “maestra”, as the Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher nicknamed her, who made a triumphant entry on Beds Are Burning, the tube of Midnight Oil. Declaration of love from Irène Jacob, new director of the Institut Lumière after the disappearance of Bertrand Tavernier last March, songs interpreted by the slammer Sirius, originally from Lyon, and by the rapper Abd al Malik (to the music of The Piano Lesson), screening of a new short film by the late Agnès Varda, poetry reading by Nadine Labaki, all in the presence of an impressive audience of stars: Vincent Lindon, Audrey Diwan, winner of the Golden Lion in Venice for The event, Luc Dardenne, Elsa Zylberstein, Marco Bellocchio, Bulle Ogier, Max Lefrancq-Lumière, 85 years old, grandson of Louis Lumière, Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture…

Campion presents his new film, masterful

The recipient of the 13th Lumière Award did not come empty-handed as she previewed her new film, The Power of the Dog, which premieres on Netflix on December 1. A twilight western which tells in 1925 in the heart of Montana the difficult cohabitation between a misogynistic, racist and homophobic cowboy and his sister-in-law whom he cannot stand, installed overnight in the family ranch by his brother.

An instant classic, absolutely masterful, with a scenario of relentless mechanics, the staging of incredible breadth, intelligence, precision and virtuosity. Not to mention the infinitely subtle interpretation of Benedict Cumberbatch, who could claim the Oscar. Jane Campion was busy during her stay in Lyon: masterclass, press conference, inauguration of the plaque in her name at the entrance to the Institut Lumière, not to mention the filming of the remake of Exit from the Lumière factory (1895), a joyful tradition to which his predecessors (notably Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood or Martin Scorsese) followed.

All of the festival guests served as extras for this black and white short filmed in just three takes. The New Zealander took up the challenge seriously, organizing a psychological preparation session for her one-day actors before launching them with her powerful voice: “Action!” Before ending on a high note with the closing screening on Sunday at the Halle Tony Garnier of The Piano Lesson

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Director Jane Campion superstar of the Festival Lumière de Lyon

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