Since its creation, Lumière has extended its presence to the movie theaters and multimedia centers of Lyon's entire metropolitan area to bring the festival experience to the public. In 2017, screenings and activities (exhibitions, lectures, workshops, encounters...) took place in nearly 60 venues in 24 municipalities, a rare occurrence in the arena of international festivals. Such a collaboration is made possible thanks to a particularly valuable and exciting partnership with a large group of theaters and structures led by commited individuals.
59 participating venues in Lyon and its metropolis included 31 screening or activity venues in 23 municipalities outside the city. In Lyon's surrounding area, 30 screenings in 25 theaters or venues were held, each introduced by a festival guest (meaning nearly 30 guests for 30 screenings!). The Lumière festival also offers free activities in the metropolitan area, accessible to all: 4 exhibitions and 5 encounters or lectures.
Here are some highlights of the 2017 Lumière festival held in the metropolitan area:
• Cinema-concerts featuring Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, with the involvement of music schools and local conservatories.
• Filmmaker Diane Kurys at Pierre-Bénite: a guest of honor at the 2017 edition, the director of Peppermint Soda (Diabolo Menthe) introduced her film Cocktail Molotov at the Maison du peuple.
• Luc Dardenne at the Lyon-Corbas Prison: The filmmaker introduced Zinnemann's film High Noon to an audience of prisoners and remained to talk with them after screening.
• A meeting with actor, director and photographer Vincent Perez at the Maison du livre, de l’image et du son in Villeurbanne.
• At the Woman-Mother-Child Hospital in Bron, a screening of The Lion King by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff was held for sick children, in the presence of director and actress Anne Le Ny, a Lumière ambassador 2017, with the association Cinema Dreams.
• Director Hugh Hudson introduced the film Midnight Express by Alan Parker alongside actor and filmmaker Christopher Thompson at the Pathé Carré de Soie in Vaulx-en-Velin.
• Two evenings of Cinema-lectures + films by Fabrice Calzettoni, one focusing on Clouzot in Craponne, the other on Wong Kar-wai in Francheville.
• Several poster exhibitions, including the exceptional exhibit of Henri-Georges Clouzot film posters, particularly rare, original vintage posters at the Mémo in Oullins. Free entry.
• Family workshop « Giants of Comedy », a free activity, at the multimedia center Jacques Brel in Neuville-sur-Saône, participating in the festival for the first time. • A partnership with the festival Les Toiles des Mômes, organized by the GRAC, for several screenings in the metropolis.
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