Jane Campion
Lumière Award 2021


The filmmaker from New Zealand with the inimitable style, she was the first woman to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1993 for her masterpiece, The Piano. She was also the first female to be named President of the Cannes Jury in 2014. A pioneer of modern cinema, she shook up the film world in the 1990s as part of a generation of new emerging directors such as the Coen brothers, Tarantino and Soderbergh. A singular filmmaker committed to women, Jane Campion explores the spheres of desire and human relationships, delivering a gallery of portraits of women, which rank among the most memorable in the history of cinema, embodied by Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elisabeth Moss, or Anna Paquin, who, in her début role in The Piano, received an Oscar at the age of eleven. In 35 years, Campion has made nine feature films with her unique approach and aesthetic, at once personal and universal. Each of her films constitutes a veritable event; her latest, for which she has just garnered the Best Director award in Venice, will screen as a premiere in Lyon. It is therefore with great pride that Lumière and its festivalgoers celebrate the work of Jane Campion.

Master class
Conversation with Jane Campion

Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon 
Friday, October 15 at 3pm

Lumière Award Ceremony

Amphitheatre, Lyon Conference Center
Friday, October 15 october at 7:30pm
Followed by the screening of the film

Bright Star (2009, 1h59)
Introduced by Jane Campion


Feature films

Two Friends (1986, 1h16)
Two teenage friends take different paths: while Louise pursues a quiet life with her family, Kelly slowly slips into a certain marginality... Michel Ciment: "In the face of this tender and distant approach, one thinks of Vigo, and that's saying something.”
Villa Lumière Mon 11 10pm | UGC Confluence Fri 15 9:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun 17 11am

Sweetie (1989, 1h39)
Kay, an anxious young woman consumed by her fears, sees her daily life disrupted by the arrival of her sister, Sweetie... A bold and unconventional first feature film about a theme that will permeate Campion's future filmography: dysfunctional families.
Cinéma Opéra Mon 11 5pm | Bron Tue 12 8:30pm | UGC Confluence Wed 13 1:45pm | Villa Lumière Sat 16 9:45pm

An Agel at My Table (1990, 2h38)
Janet, a peculiar little girl from a large family, sees her childhood marked by tragic events. Confused, she takes refuge in poetry... One of the most influential films of the 1990s, adapted from Janet Frame's autobiography.
Corbas Tue 12 8pm | UGC Confluence Wed 13 9:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu 14 10:45am | UGC Confluence Sat 16 5:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun 17 4:30pm

The Piano (1993, 2h01)
Ada, a mute pianist (Holly Hunter), leaves Scotland with her daughter (Anna Paquin). Her new husband refuses to install the piano she has brought with her. Ada then accepts an intriguing pact proposed by their neighbour (Harvey Keitel)... With haunting lyricism, The Piano powerfully portrays the ravaging impulses of love. Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1993.
Halle Tony Garnier Sun 17 3pm

The Portrait of a Lady (1996, 2h22)
1872. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) is a young American woman with a free and adventurous spirit. While life seems to be good to her and several wealthy suitors ask for her hand in marriage, this idealist will make other choices... A darkly romantic film adapted from Henry James.
Dardilly Sun 10 5:30pm | Comœdia Tue 12 2pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu 14 8:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri 15 10:45am | UGC Astoria Tue 17 4:45pm

Holy Smoke (1999, 1h55)
During a trip to India, Ruth (Kate Winslet) is seduced by a guru. Worried, her family, with the help of the mysterious PJ Waters (Harvey Keitel), devises a scheme to get her back... A joyful mix of spirituality and sexuality.
Lumière Bellecour Sun 10 6pm | Cinéma Opéra Tue 12 4:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu 14 11:15am | Villa Lumière Sun 17 4pm

In the Cut (2003, 1h54)
One night, Frannie (Meg Ryan) witnesses an intimate scene between a man and a woman. The next day, she learns that a murder has been committed in her neighbourhood. Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), the detective in charge of the investigation, has the sneaking suspicion that she knows something... An erotic thriller with a dark aesthetic, influenced by American cinema of the 1970s.
UGC Confluence Sun 10 9:45pm | Lumière Institute Mon 11 10pm | Saint-Genis-Laval Wed 13 8pm | Tassin-la-Demi-Lune Thu 14 8:30pm | Cinéma Opéra Fri 15 9:30pm | Comœdia Sat 16 4:45pm

Bright Star (2009, 1h59)
Londres, 1818. Un jeune poète, John Keats, et sa voisine Fanny Brawne tombent amoureux malgré leur différence de classe sociale. Ils entament une liaison amoureuse en secret… Un film lumineux qui retrace l’histoire d’amour dévorante entre le poète romantique John Keats et celle devenue sa muse.
Craponne Sun 10 6pm | Francheville Wed 13 8:30pm | Comœdia Thu 14 10:45am

The Power of the Dog (2021, 2h07)
Phil Burbank, a charismatic cowboy, inspires fear and awe. When his brother brings home a new wife and son, Phil torments them... Jane Campion's new film, awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.
Lumière Institute Thu 14 8pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat 16 6:30pm

Short films

Peel – An Exercise in Discipline (1983, 9min)
A revelation at the Cannes Film Festival – the work earned Jane Campion a Palme d'Or for best short film.
Villa Lumière Mon 11 10pm, screened before Two Friends by Jane Campion | Villa Lumière Sat 16 9:45pm, screened before Sweetie by Jane Campion

The Water Diary (2006, 18min)
One of the eight short films produced as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project at the Millennium Summit in September of 2000.
Lumière Terreaux Thu 14 8:45pm, screened after The Portrait of a Lady by Jane Campion


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