In Lyon, New Zealand director Jane Campion receives the Lumière Award

Jane Campion receiving the Lumière Award in Lyon on October 15, 2021. (© AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

Friday, October 15, New Zealand director Jane Campion received the Lumière Award at the end of of the Festival of the same name which took place in Lyon from October 9 to 17.

Go to this city in central-eastern France, “It’s like going to Bethlehem; where the films were created by the Lumière Brothers, they undoubtedly had wives and assistants and I salute them ”, she launched after receiving the “Nobel for cinema”, as its promoters like to call it.

“The power of the dog”, the western that breaks the codes

The 67-year-old filmmaker presented this year, after a long period of silence his seventh feature film, “The Power of the Dog”. Produced by the American platform Netflix, he has already been crowned in Venice with the prize for the best achievement. “The power of the dog” is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by American writer Thomas Savage. Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst break the codes of the virile western.

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The festival allowed moviegoers to see or re-watch his six other feature films, including “The Piano Lesson”, which won him the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1993, then the Oscar for best screenplay.

According to the organizers, celebrating Jane Campion was “One of Bertrand Tavernier’s last wishes”, a figure of French cinema who chaired the Institut Lumière from its creation in 1982 until his death last March. He is now replaced by actress Irène Jacob as president of the festival.

170 films and documentaries offered

The 13th edition proposed in total nearly 170 films and documentaries, many great classics in restored version but also some previews, with a series of meetings with headliners of contemporary cinema like the Italian Paolo Sorrentino.

In the past, the Lumière Award has honored Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Fonda, Wong Kar-wai, Catherine Deneuve, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Quentin Tarantino, Ken Loach, Gérard Depardieu, Milos Forman, Clint Eastwood and, last year , the Dardenne brothers.

Attendance for the 2021 vintage “Is approaching the sales records of 2019” (200,000 spectators that year), before the great hollow linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to official figures.

Source: © 2021 AFP

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