Magazine article Variety

Classic Pix Step into Lumiere

Magazine article Variety

Classic Pix Step into Lumiere

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'Scarecrow,' Ken Loach, Criterion Collection among fest highlights

In addition to serving as Cannes' delegate general, professional cinéphile Thierry Fremaux doubles as director of Lyon's Institut Lumiere, working alongside president Bertrand Tavernier. Fremaux sees the role of the org's Lumiere festival, which is devoted to screening newly restored prints and retrospectives, as reinforcing the links between the different generations of filmmakers.

"The idea of the festival is to make a connection between today and yesterday, (to show how) the present is made by the past," he says. "And we can make the present better because we learn from the past. I know some directors who would be helped by watching old films."

The fest kicks off Oct. 15 with a newly restored print of Jerry Schatzberg's "Scarecrow," which won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 1973. The screening, to be held in the 4,500seat Halle Tony Gamier, was sold out weeks in advance.

Fremaux emphasizes that for that screening, as with all the fest's events, ordinary people will form the vast majority of the 80,000 or so expected to attend events during the week.

The film will be presented by helmer Guillaume Canet, who will give a personal tribute to Schatzberg, with whom he worked on 2000's "The Day the Ponies Come Back."

Throughout the week's screenings and activities, the festival will provide ample evidence of the debt owed by today's helmers, thesps and other film professionals to those in previous eras. …

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