Lumière Awards are going to take place in Lyon, France and the winner of the award is already declared. Jane Fonda is reportedly going to win it this time. The director of the awards Thierry Fremaux said that Jane is an activist and will remain a star.
The festival said they are honoring the Oscar-winning star for her acting career which took the feminist from René Clément to Roger Vadim and from Sidney Pollack to Arthur Penn. The festival further stressed that her willingness to empower independence in early age made her the real deal. Jane worked as an activist for the major part of her life and she is a sign of struggle for those seeking freedom.
When the star came to know the news she got excited as she said that it is an honor for her to join the festival. Her level of excitement raised when she heard that she will be receiving the award as well.
In a statement released on June 11, the event planners said that she has a great role in promoting filmography and has a mesmerizing presence. Thierry Fremaux, the event director will do the honor to present star with the award. The American actress received Oscar twice for her acting in the films Klute and Coming Home.
The festival will also pay tribute to the star by playing “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” on the big screen. And her father Henry Fonda will also receive a special tribute as a part of family’s legacy. Jane will make to the list of high profile stars like Wong Kar-wai, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Ken Loach, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino who have already won the award.
Lumière Festival, the largest festival of the classic drama will take place from October 13 to 21. The awards are focused on women cineastes and as a part of paying tribute, the festival will also feature Muriel Box, a strong part of British Cinema.
Liv Ullmann, a famous director, and actress and Bernard Lavilliers, a French singer are among the special festival guests. There are many other stars which are honored by the festival including Henri Decoin, Richard Thorpe, J. Carrol Naish, and Gene Kelly. The comedian Max Linder and filmmaker Robert Enrico are going to feature in the special events at the awards ceremony. The awards described fated silent comedian as amusing, surprising and ingratiating.
Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton, the American comedian and actor will also receive a part of homage after his three-part letter he once written with the collaboration of Cineteca di Bologna and Cohen Film Collection to silent cinema. Another celebrity that will get the homage is Catherine Hessling. She was a star of French silent cinema and appeared in many of the films produced by her husband Jean Renoir. And many of those films have now been restored by the British film production company Studiocanal.
Other than that, the festival with the collaboration of Warner Bros will show many historical formats including Cinemascope’s A2, 55:1 to 1.33:1, and Super’s Imax starting from 8mm to 70mm. In the memory of Pierre Rissient, a historian of French films, the festival will introduce a special prize starting this year.
Lumière Festival was launched in 2009 and this year 175,000 admissions have been notched up by the fest. The event is made up of documentaries, and restorations. When the festival launched in 2009, it had only 170 screenings, while last year the numbers climbed up to 421.
While talking about the increasing popularity of the event, the head programmer of the fest Maelle Arnaud said that it is amazing to see how the French audience is linked to the festival since its inauguration in 2009. She further said that each year they have to ask for more screenings. Arnaud said that there is a strong link between cinema and the people of Lyon.