1971: The Birth of Blaxploitation
Each in its own register, Sweet Sweetback, the independent firecracker and Shaft, the studio thriller, were huge successes produced by African-Americans. It led to a cultural reset that raised the visibility of the black presence in American cinema and spontaneously launched a new genre, soon to be exploited and reused for purely commercial purposes. 50 years ago.
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song by Melvin Van Peebles (1971, 1h37, int-16ans)
Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) works in a brothel. One day, a murder is committed in front of his workplace and the community pressures him to find the culprit... A hard-hitting film that conveys the revolutionary fever of the time, enhanced by the soundtrack from Earth Wind & Fire.
Lumière Institute Sat 9 10:15pm | Cinéma Opéra Tue 12 7:15pm | UGC Confluence Fri 15 7:45pm
Shaft by Gordon Parks (1971, 1h51)
John Shaft, a private detective, is attacked by two men. One of them confesses to working for Bumpy Jonas, a major drug dealer... The first film of the blaxploitation era, with an opening scene that has become cult thanks to the superb soundtrack by Isaac Hayes.
Cinéma Opéra Tue 12 9:45pm | UGC Confluence Wed 13 10pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri 15 9pm
Clint Eastwood: 50 years of a filmmaking career
The first-ever recipient of the Lumière Award in 2009, actor-director Clint Eastwood, is celebrating his 50th anniversary behind the camera. A legend of the cinema discovered by Sergio Leone and Don Siegel (to whom he dedicated his film Unforgiven), and a multi-award-winning director, he has marked the first edition of the Lumière festival forever, with his electric presence. Warner, his long-time studio, is offering festivalgoers a premiere of his new film, as well as a previously unseen documentary in 9 episodes.
Unforgiven by Clint Eastwood (1992, 2h11)
Followed by the ‘Unforgiven’ episode from the documentary, Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy by Gary Leva (18min)
In 1880 Kansas, William Munny, a repentant killer turned peaceful farmer, raises his children as a single father. One day, he receives a visit from the Schofield Kid, who proposes that they team up... A magnificent western about justice with a stellar cast: Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Clint Eastwood.
Pathé Vaise Sun 10 3pm | Pathé Bellecour Tue 12 4:30pm | UGC Confluence Wed 13 6:45pm | SaintPriest Thu 14 8pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri 15 8pm | UGC Cité Internationale Sun 17 2:30pm
Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy by Gary Leva (2021, 2h15)
Warner celebrates Clint Eastwood, the actor, producer and director, in a documentary that explores his career. Featuring interviews with Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks...
Villa Lumière Thu 14 10:15am | UGC Confluence Fri 15 2pm
Cry Macho by Clint Eastwood (2021, 1h43)
1979. Mike Milo, a former rodeo star, agrees to go to Mexico to bring his former boss's son back to the United States... A sensitive fable about redemption and transmission by Clint Eastwood both in front of and behind the camera.
UGC Confluence Fri 15 4:45pm | Lumière Institute Sat 16 7pm
Pialat's Van Gogh: 30th anniversary
Featuring exceptional light and colours, Jacques Dutronc in his best role, and an echo of the painter’s phrase, a keystone of Pialat's work: "The sadness will last forever”, Lumière is celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary, thanks to Capricci and Gaumont.
Van Gogh by Maurice Pialat (1991, 2h48)
Following his internment, Vincent Van Gogh lives his last days in the home of an art lover, between conflicts, creation and unhappy love affairs... A moving film with the remarkable Jacques Dutronc.
Pathé Bellecour Mon 11 10:45am | UGC Confluence Thu 14 8:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Fri 15 10am | Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon Sat 16 5pm
Sous le soleil de Pialat by William Karel (2021, 52min)
William Karel observed Maurice Pialat for 20 years. He recounts his incredible journey based on personal memories and previously unpublished archives.
Villa Lumière Thu 14 5:45pm
Tribute to Fernando Solanas
Fernando Solanas, director of The South was certainly the boldest incarnation of Argentine activist cinema. Not merely a committed filmmaker, at the end of his life he also served as Argentina's ambassador to UNESCO. A tribute to this close ally of the Lumière Institute, who passed away last year.
The South by Fernando Solanas (Sur, 1988, 2h02)
1983, end of the military dictatorship in Argentina. Floreal is released from prison, while the country has changed and so have its people... A poetic and dreamlike film that won the 1988 Cannes Film Festival's Best Director award. A work by the late ‘Pino’ Solanas, a faithful friend of the Lumière Institute.
Pathé Bellecour Wed 13 6:30pm | Lumière Institute Sat 16 10:15am
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