Irene Jacob (“Three Colors: Red”), a critically acclaimed film and theater actor, is set to preside over the Lumiere Institute in Leon, replacing the venerable French filmmaker Bertrand Tevenier, who died in March.
Tavernier led the organization for nearly four decades and worked closely with Thierry Framax, managing director of the Lumiere Institute, and general representative of the Cannes Film Festival, the annual Lumiere Festival, a star-studded celebration of heritage theatrical films and movie masters. Leon is actually the birthplace of the cinematographer and its creator, the Lumiere brothers.
Starting October, the 1st edition of the event will pay tribute to Tavernier on October 10 with a special tribute.
Jacob, originally from Switzerland, is the granddaughter of Maurice Jacob, a scientist and humanitarian who has lived in Lyon all his life and has a street named after him in the city. An emotional film buff, Jacob has been involved in the Lumiere Festival from the beginning, introduced the film and met moviegoers in cinemas and hospitals, among other places.
“An exciting and inspiring mission to help guide the future of the Lumiere Institute in a city of my choice,” said Jacob, who was unanimously elected im0 September at the Lumiere Institute’s board meeting.
“I am very sensitive and well aware of the honor bestowed on me. I will do my best to keep this promise,” Jacob said.
Jacob won the prestigious Cannes Film Award for Best Actress in 1991 for his role in Kriezstof Kislovsky’s The Double Life of Veronica. Kislovsky also directed Jacob in “Three Colors: Red”, along with one of his most popular films, Louis Mall’s “Au Revore Les Enfants”, which marked his debut.
In addition to Kislowski and Male, Jacob has worked with French and international writers, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wanderers, Theo Angelopoulos, Agnieszka Holland, Paul Oster, Jonathan Knitter and Hugh Hudson. He has worked with Nadine Trintiganent, Claude Leloch, Serge Le Peron, Pascal Thomas, Riyadh Satuf and Jack Dere. Prafulla Pratibha has also acted in many plays, most recently “Ritter à Reims”, directed by Thomas Ostermeyer and adapted from Didier Eribon.
Jacob, head of the Lumiিয়ারre Institute, will continue to “ensure the existence of a public place that preserves and honors the history of cinema,” presiding over the preservation and promotion of classic, heritage dates, and leading the programming of publishing and image education. He will also lead the board of directors.
In addition to paying special tribute to Tavernier’s legacy, the expected highlights of this 13th edition include the celebration of Jane Campion on October 15, who will follow in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino to receive the prestigious Lumiere Award.
Campion’s latest film, The Power of the Dog, will have its French world premiere at the festival. A Netflix movie, “The Power of the Dog,” will not be released in French theaters. Another high-profile Netflix film that has opened in Venice and will have its French premiere at the Lumiিয়ারre Fest is Paolo Sorrentino’s “Hand of God”.
Several other films starring in Cannes and Venice will run in Lyon, most notably Katherine Corsini’s “La Fracture”, Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World”, Todd Haynes’s “The Velvet Underground”, Gaspar Noah’s “Vortex,” and Maggie Gillenhall’s “The Lost Daughter”. Other French premieres for the Lumia festival include Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho”.