Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated Netflix movie “The Irishman” was not completed in time to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, but Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes topper, managed to secure the high-profile film and Scorsese himself for the upcoming Lumiere festival in Lyon next month. Dedicated to historical films, the Lumiere festival was created 10 years ago by Fremaux and French director Bertrand Tavernier.
After its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and its international premiere at the BFI fest in London, “The Irishman” will be screened at the Lumiere festival. Scorsese previously received a sprawling tribute to this French festival in 2015 and was celebrated by an impressive delegation, including the late Abbas Kiarostami, Matteo Garrone, Elia Suleiman, Pablo Trapero Gaspard Noe and Alice Rohrwacher.
The French premiere of “The Irishman” will take place on October 15th; will mark one of the rare opportunities to see “The Irishman” on a big screen in France, where the window release schedule prevents Netflix from releasing the film in theaters – unless it holds the film out of its service in France for a duration 36 months. Netflix will launch the film on its streaming service on November 27th. The detective film is starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. It tells the story of a hit man (De Niro) whose life is intertwined with the rise and fall of the work leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
While celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Lumiere festival will present a particularly exciting lineup for movie lovers. In addition to the screening of “The Irishman”, highlights include a great tribute to the iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola who will receive the Lumière Award. As part of the tribute, the festival will be shown a selection of Coppola’s films, including the 4K restoration of “Apocalypse Now”, which will be screened on the closing night of the festival, and the “The Godfather” trilogy, intended to go back-back like a night. Coppola will also participate in master classes.
Another expected tribute will be hosted by Frances McDormand, who makes very rare public appearances. The actress will discuss her career during a masterclass and present several films that she has chosen, in particular “Fargo”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Almost famous”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” which earned her an Oscar for best actress, and “Olive Kitteridge” in which she starred and produced.
Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director who has just won the Palme d’Or in Cannes with “Parasite”, will also be celebrated in Lyon and will present his film there, as well as holding a masterclass. “Parasite” has sold over 1.6 million tickets in France, making it the highest grossing Palme d’Or film in France to date.
Scheduled from 12 to 20 October, the Lumiere festival will also honor Donald Sutherland, Marco Bellocchio, Gael García Bernal, Marina Vlady and Daniel Auteuil; and will host a film retrospective for André Cayatte, a lawyer transformed into a filmmaker who made several politically engaged films that became very popular, including “Le Passage du Rhin” with Charles Aznavour in 1960 and “Les Risques du Métier” with Jacques Brel in 1967.