Cannes Film Fest chief Thierry Frémaux launched the Lumière Festival in his native Lyon, France five years ago with Lumière Institute president Bertrand Tavernier. The event, which is also open to the public, is a classic movie-lover’s dream with a vast lineup of retrospectives and restored vintage titles all screening in the birthplace of cinema. In a nod to Frémaux’s deep relationshps within the industry, the fest attracts big name talent each October. Following in the footsteps of previous recipients like Clint Eastwood and Milos Forman, Quentin Tarantino is being given the Prix Lumière this year. The fest said the honor is for his body of work, his love of cinema, “the tributes he pays inside his own films to the entire mythology of the 7th art” and for “the way he’s always saying ‘Vive le cinéma!’”
The event is inaugurating a market for classic films this year which also marks the 30th anniversary of the Lumière Institute, of which Frémaux is director. Retrospectives will include the works of Ingmar Bergman, Hal Ashby and Henri Verneuil. Le Film Français adds that among special honorees are Charles Vanel, Studiocanal and Sony film preservationist Grover Crisp who oversaw the recent 4K restoration of Lawrence Of Arabia. Screenings will include Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, Otto Preminger’s Exodus, Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny And Alexander, Warren Beatty’s Reds and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor in 3D. On the lighter side, there’s also a Monty Python night scheduled. The festival runs October 14-20.