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Festival Lumière 2017

The Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival

From the 14th to the 22nd October, 2017

Join us at the beginning of October for our week-long celebration of the cinema, in some 70 halls and sites in Greater Lyon.

A whole week of films, non-stop!

Our message to all film buffs: reserve the entire week to attend this film festival for all devoted to the history of cinema.

In a few words and highlights, here’s what you can expect:

Nearly 180 films in their original languages, new copies or restored versions, presented by key figures of the cinema.

Many events and meetings: a great opening night at La Halle Tony Garnier, plus retrospectives, a thematic night, exhibitions, master classes, meetings, debates, and autograph-signing sessions… Not forgetting a session devoted to younger members of the public, on Wednesday afternoon, also at La Halle Tony Garnier.

Every day, a Cinema Village, with a book store, DVD store and meeting point will be available for your enjoyment.

Another distinctive feature of this event is that you’ll get to see key figures every evening in the friendly atmosphere of the Village.

During the evening closing event, the Prix Lumière is awarded to a great actor or director for his/her entire work and contribution to the history of cinema. During former editions, the Prix Lumière has been awarded to such people as Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Catherine Deneuve, in the presence of numerous key figures of the cinema. This year the prize goes to Wong Kar-Waï.

The festival was created 2009, at the behest of the Lumière Institute.

Lyon, the city of cinema, offers a dream week to all film buffs!

The 9th edition in 2017...

Retrospectives: "Le mystère Clouzot": a tribute to H. G. Clouzot, with his entire works in remastered version, Westerns, and "Tout Godard": an overview of films directed by Jean-Luc Godard's (part 1, before 1968).


  • The very best moments of Silent movies, with the projection of Harold Lloyd films in concert, Buster Keaton, and piano film concerts in several movie theatre rooms.
  • "Comet" film directors (women filmmakers who have made just one film)
  • Film musician Giorgio Moroder

Major projections: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1900 by Bertolucci or 2001: A Space Odyssey...

Special showings…

As well as...

  • Afternoon masterclasses at the Théâtre Comédie Odéon
  • A film-related antique fair on the 22nd October at Institut Lumière
  • An exhibition entitled "Lumière, le Cinéma inventé" at the Musée des Confluences
  • The Daytime Village at Institut Lumière
  • The Night-time Village at La Plateforme
  • For professionals: the international market of classic films


A "Nuit" on Saturday 21st at the Halle Tony Garnier, two film concerts at the Auditorium with the National Orchestra of Lyon, the presentation of the Lumière prize, the opening and closing evenings, a traditional "Mâchon du festival" brunch, and the usual surprises and wonderful encounters that are inherent to this festival.


My very own festival: Lumière for children

  • Great family performance at the Halle Tony Garnier on Sunday afternoon, with The Lion King by Walt Disney (in French).
  • Film for children on Wednesday afternoon, with a programme entitled "Walt Disney and France".
  • Films for families or children, burlesque film concerts...

Numerous movie personalities will also be presented, among which Tilda Swinton, Diane Kurys or Guillermo del Toro, who will be presenting a preview of his latest film. And Eddy Mitchell, Michael Mann, Jean-François Stevenin, Alfonso Cuaron, William Friedkin, Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Nicolas Winding Refn...

And the Prix Lumière 2017 is Wong Kar-Waï.

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