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In Lyon, the 13th edition of the Lumière Festival kicks off with Benoît Poelvoorde, Alain Chabat and Irène Jacob

The famous film festival of the capital of Gaul opened this Saturday, October 9 in the presence of an audience of stars. It will close its doors on October 17th.

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At the opening of the festival, the emotion was palpable in the hall of the Halle Tony Garnier because there was a notable absentee. Director Bertrand Tavernier, who died last March, president of the Institut Lumière since its creation. Another great disappeared of the 7th art mentioned during this ceremony, Jean-Paul Belmondo. But the public quickly found a smile with the humorous interventions of Benoît Poelvoorde and Edouard Baer. Another star present, the actress Irène Jacob, who is now the new president of the Institut Lumière. The evening ended with a tribute to Buster Keaton with the screening of the silent film The cameraman (1928), restored in 4K resolution and accompanied on piano by the songwriter.

Opening night of the 13th Festival Lumière

For nearly a week, the festival will offer the public more than 150 films and documentaries broadcast in some twenty places in the Lyon metropolis. Screenings punctuated with tributes (Bertrand Tavernier on October 10) and meetings (Paolo Sorrentino, Edouard Baer, ​​Philippe Sarde, Edgar Morin…) For this 13th edition, New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion, recently awarded the Lion d ‘ gold for best achievement, will receive the Lumière 2021 Prize. The public will be able to see or re-watch his seven feature films on the big screen, including the last, The Power of the Dog produced by Netflix, and the one that won him the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1993, The piano lesson.

Lumière Festival, until October 17, in Lyon

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