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10th edition of the Lumière festival: classic cinema in the spotlight

The Lumière festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in Lyon, from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 October. A rich and eclectic programme will mark the occasion: 421 screenings and 174 films shown at 60 venues throughout the metropolitan area of Lyon.

A global event for heritage cinema

Dedicated to the memory and history of cinema, the festival will pay tribute all week long to film-making of the past and present: 

  • numerous guest actors, directors, producers and movie-buff artists will present screenings or talk with festival-goers during master classes: Javier Bardem, Alfonso Cuarón, Liv Ullmann, Biyouna, and more.   
  • all-nighters, screening marathons to discover or rediscover the Lord of the Rings trilogy and three cult films by Sergio Leone  
  • silent-movie masterpieces with live music in the Lyon Auditorium: Charlie Chaplin’s "The Gold Rush", and "Go West" starring Buster Keaton
  • family screenings with 4 films for young audiences, at a special price of €4 for children under 14
  • a selection of restored films, with a focus on French and American cinema 

 Dortoir des grandes by Henri Decoin 1953 © Compagnie Française Cinématographique - Films EGE / DR

Visitors will also be able to stroll through the festival village where there will be a bookshop with over 450 titles, the big DVD market with 4,500 films, and newly this year, a concert with a different group performing every evening. Plus there will be several photo exhibitions to visit throughout the town.

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Jane Fonda, Lumière Award 2018

Each year, the festival bestows the Lumière Award on a leading personality in cinema to honour their entire career. Guest of honour at the festival’s 10th anniversary, American actress and producer Jane Fonda will also give a master class and pay tribute to her father, Henry Fonda, with a dedicated retrospective show.

© Andrew Eccles / August-Agence A

BNP Paribas, partner of cinema in all its forms

Active for many years already in film funding, the Group is also committed to the conservation of legendary film theatres and the restoration of world film heritage. It is therefore only natural that the bank has been an official partner of the Lumière festival since its very first edition. "Julia", a film by Fred Zinnemann starring Jane Fonda, restored by Twentieth Century Fox with the support of BNP Paribas, will be screened during the retrospective tribute to the actress.  

BNP Paribas will also be present in the village, hosting a virtual-reality space with various VR experiences to enjoy:

  • "Kinoscope": viewers will be immersed into an animated and colourful world to discover the history of cinema- 
  • "Inside the Box of Kurios™": get immersed on stage inside the box of Kurios™, the cabinet of curiosities from Cirque du Soleil®. 
And lastly, so everyone can take home a souvenir of the festival, two Photo Booths will be set up, one in the festival village, and the other in the Lyon Part-Dieu shopping centre. 

Julia by Fred Zinnemann 1977 © Twentieth Century Fox

Lumière 2018 Grand Lyon Film Festival


Discover the full program for the festival's 10th anniversary. 


 Header photo credit: © Andrew Eccles / August-Agence A

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