Luc (left) and Jean-Pierre Dardenne at the Cannes festival, in May 2016 - ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

  • Each year since 2009, during the Lumière film festival, an illustrious filmmaker is rewarded for his entire career.
  • This year, the 12th Prix Lumière will be awarded to the Dardenne brothers in Lyon.

They will complete the list of famous filmmakers honored in Lyon, like Clint Eastwood, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese. The Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, double winners of the Palme d'Or in Cannes, will receive this fall in Lyon the Prix Lumière which rewards each year a prominent figure in the 7th Art, the festival organizers announced this Thursday.

The directors of Rosetta (1999) and L'Enfant (2005), authors of eleven social-oriented feature films, succeed the American filmmaker of Apocalypse Now  Francis Ford Coppola, who was honored last year. “Les Dardenne is one of the most beautiful appearances of contemporary cinema. It is a vision of the world, a style and a conviction. A bit like the Lumière elsewhere, which they are, from this point of view, among the most beautiful descendants, "said Thierry Frémaux, the director of the event.

Audiard in the spotlight

On the occasion of its 12th edition, organized from October 10 to 18, the festival will also pay tribute to the famous French dialogist and screenwriter Michel Audiard - who would have turned 100 this year - with a large retrospective of his films in restored copies. Among the other components of the programming already known, is a tribute to the work of the American filmmaker Clarence Brown, prolific director of the MGM studio during the golden age of Hollywood (1930-50), period during which he notably directed Greta Garbo. A retrospective will also be devoted to the filmography of New York director Joan Micklin Silver who directed seven feature films until 1998 and the very first of which, Hester Street (1975), was screened in Cannes and nominated for an Oscar.

The Lyon festival, chaired by Bertrand Tavernier, will broadcast several previews of feature films, which should have been shown in May in Cannes, but also part of "Cannes Classics", its traditional selection of films dedicated to film classics. The opportunity in particular to discover a restored version of In The Mood for Love (2000), the masterpiece of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai - winner of the Prix Lumière in 2018 -, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of his exit.

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In addition to the projections, the 8th edition of the international classic film market, a meeting reserved for professionals in the heritage cinema industry, will be held under the banner of Portugal. Launched in 2009 by the Lumière Institute, in the district of Lyon where the cinematograph was invented in 1895 and where The Exit from the Lumière factory , the first film in history, was filmed , the festival unfolds in all rooms of cinema of the agglomeration. Presented as the largest festival in the world devoted to classic films, it welcomed 200,000 spectators during its last edition.


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