A galaxy of stars, including Keanu Reeves, Bérénice Bejo, and Juliette Binoche, have attended the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France. Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar was this year’s recipient of the Lumière Award, following in the footsteps of five other male directors, Clint Eastwood (2009), Milos Forman (2010). Gerard Depardieu (2011), Ken Loach (2012) and Quentin Tarantino (2013). The festival has been running for six years and has never given the Lumiere Award to any female director, or any director who is not white.
Elena Anaya, Rosy de Palma, and Augustín Almodóvar (the director’s brother) were all on hand to congratulate the recipient of the award. He in turn thanked both the festival organisers and the local audiences who had bought tickets to the festival.
Pedro Almodóvar has made 19 feature films since the 1980s. They usually have complex narratives, and deal with issues like desire, passion, family, and identity.