Festival Lumière 2022: Premieres, classics & a whole lot of Tim Burton

The Festival Lumière is back, honouring Tim Burton as the recipient of this year's coveted Lumière Prize
The Festival Lumière is back, honouring Tim Burton as the recipient of this year's coveted Lumière Prize   -   Copyright  Festival Lumiere   -  
By David Mouriquand

Cinephiles rejoice! 

The 2022 Lumière Festival kicks off in Lyon this weekend, from Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 October... And this year’s vintage looks mighty good.

Since its creation in 2009, the festival has become an unmissable event for film lovers. This year’s 14th edition is no different and celebrates the work of Tim Burton, who is the recipient of the prestigious Lumière Prize.

The American filmmaker will see 17 of his films screened, and joins the ranks of previous illustrious winners such as Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Wong Kar-wai, Jane Fonda and last year’s prizewinner, the wonderful Jane Campion, who received the award from the equally wonderful Julia Ducournau.

In addition to the Burton retrospective, the festival is also honouring other major film personalities, including Louis Malle, Sydney Pollack, Swedish actress Mai Zetterling and Hungarian director André De Toth.

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Poster for the 2022 edition of the festivalFestival Lumiere

Big festival, big names

Not that Burton will be making the trip to Lyon on his lonesome, as several prestigious guests are arriving in the capital of cinema this year. 

These include Oscar-winners Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), who will present his new film Bardo at the festival. 

Other big names we’re hoping to bump into are Nicolas Winding Refn - who premieres his series Copenhagen Cowboy - the ever-brilliant Monica Bellucci, Jerzy Skolimowski presenting his gorgeous Cannes entry EO, French royalty Marlène Jobert, James Gray bringing another Cannes alum, Armageddon Time, to Lyon and South Korean master Lee Chang-dong (Peppermint Candy, Burning) hosting a master-class. 

Not too shabby - much like the program.

Usually for film festival previews, it’s relatively easy to single out a select few recommendations form a line-up, but Festival Lumière has once again made it a blissful nightmare, with their labyrinthine program spoiling the expected 200,000 punters when it comes to screenings, workshops, master-classes and special events. Over the course of nine days in over 6o venues, around 425 screenings will take place, striking the perfect balance between eagerly-awaited 2022 big hitters and a rich selection of heritage films.

Daunting though the task may be, Euronews Culture have got you covered with some tips... 

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Guillermo del Toro presents Pinocchio in LyonNetflix

Premieres and unmissable events

The diverse program does feature some attention-grabbing hot tickets, namely an alluring selection of premieres.

Guillermo del Toro will present his take on Pinocchio, a stop-motion fantasy inspired by Carlo Collodi’s dark fable about the fibbing wooden puppet that should banish saccharine and soulless flashbacks of the other Pinocchio film released this year on Disney+.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is showing her film Les Amandiers, Emily Atef debuts Plus Que Jamais, and Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, A Fantastic Woman) will present his new film The Wonder. The Chilean director sets his film in 19th-century Ireland to tell a domestic psychodrama about religious faith battling against scientific reason, all wrapped up with tantalizing hints of gothic horror. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s novel and starring the ever-captivating Florence Pugh, this is one gem this year that shouldn't be skipped.

Oh, and there’s this little-known up-and-comer who’s bringing this new project to the festival, a certain Steven Spielberg. 

The Beard’s new film, The Fablemans, premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a semi-autobiographical tale loosely based on the filmmaker’s early life. It’s already being praised as a heartwarming ode to moviemaking and stands a good chance when it comes to awards season next year. Lucky ticket holders on Tuesday 18 will be able to catch the film before its release in European cinemas next year.

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The FablemansUniversal Pictures

Elsewhere, there are too many standout events and screenings to mention. 

Here’s our Lumière lowdown:

  • The opening night on Saturday 15 at the Halle Tony Garnier with Louis Garrel’s L’Innocent.
  • The son-father homage which sees Kyle Eastwood and his Quintet teaming up with Lyon’s National Orchestra for an evening of music from Clint Eastwood’s filmography (Wednesday 19 at the Auditorium de Lyon).
  • The Tim Burton all-nighter at the Halle Tony Garnier (Saturday 22), with back-to-back screenings of Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks! and Sleepy Hollow, as well as the family-friendly event of The Nightmare Before Christmas (Sunday 16) and the Burton masterclass (Sunday 21).
  • The "Souvenirs de Bertrand Tavernier" evening, an homage to the former president of the Institut Lumière who sadly passed away in March 2021, should be top of your agenda. The event on Saturday 22 will celebrate Tavernier’s love of jazz with a concert helmed by Henri Texier and his trio, followed by a showing of the restored copy of Autour de Minuit (1986).
  • The "Cultes!" Series which is a must for all fans of cult 90s and 00s films, with films like Pulp Fiction, Lost Highway, Scream and Interstellar back on the big screen.
  • The festival’s celebration of silent cinema is of particular interest, with a selection of cine-concerts accompanied by a live piano or organ. One specific film shouldn’t be missed: a restored copy of Dans La Nuit, the only film directed by Charles Vanel and the last French silent film (released in 1929). The screening takes place at the Auditorium de Lyon on Thursday 20, accompanied by Adam Bernadac on the organ.
  • Speaking of silent classics, Festival Lumière is marking the 100-year anniversary of Murnau’s legendary masterpiece Nosferatu by way of a film concert (Saturday 22). The restored copy of the movie will be accompanied by Lyon’s Opera Orchestra, directed by the famous Timothy Brock.
  • The Awards ceremony with Tim Burton on Friday 21 at the Centre de Congrès, followed by the closing ceremony on Sunday 23 with the final bow projection of Edward Scissorhands at the Halle Tony Garnier.
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Charles Vatel's Dans La NuitFestival Lumière

And for the diehard cinephiles amongst you, there’s the 4th “Salon du DVD”, the DVD market at the festival village (every day from 10:30 to 21:00), the workshops on the history of cinema and the secrets of cinema, as well as the exhibition on Louise Malle film posters – best of all, these events are all free.

Get thee to Lyon, make your picks, and feel free to follow Euronews Culture’s example by over-excitedly booking one film for every day of the festival. 

Happy screenings all.