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Lyon is known as the gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of France, but it has a rich cin­e­matic her­itage, too. Since 2009, the coun­try’s third-largest city has also staged the Fes­ti­val Lu­mière, one of the ma­jor gath­er­ings ded­i­cated to clas­sic films.

Named in hon­our of cin­ema pi­o­neers Louis and Au­guste Lu­mière, who lived and worked in Lyon, the fes­ti­val fea­tures a rich and var­ied line-up. High­lights this year in­clude ret­ro­spec­tives on direc­tors Jean-luc Go­dard and Henri-ge­orges Clouzot, en­coun­ters with film-mak­ers, ac­tors and com­posers, film-con­certs, and a mem­o­ra­bilia fair.

The num­bers are im­pres­sive: 150,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend nearly 400 meet­ings and 177 screen­ings from 14-22 Oc­to­ber. Main venues in­clude the In­sti­tut Lu­mière, lo­ca­tion of the fes­ti­val vil­lage, and the Lyon Au­di­to­rium and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Events are also held in the wider Métropole de Lyon, which takes in 59 com­munes.

Fes­tiv­i­ties cul­mi­nate in the award­ing of the Prix Lu­mière, which recog­nises the achieve­ments of a lead­ing fig­ure in the film in­dus­try. In 2016, the award went to the French ac­tress Cather­ine Deneuve, and this year’s re­cip­i­ent will be the Chi­nese film director Wong Kar-wai. fes­ti­val-lu­miere.org See His­tory Trail on page 42 for more on the Lu­mière brothers.

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