On the occasion of the thirteenth edition of the Lumière Festival, the director of “La leçon de piano” Jane Campion will be awarded the prestigious Lumière prize.
Since its creation in 2009, the Lumière Prize has been awarded each year to the career of a personality from the world of cinema for all of his work. This year, it’s New Zealand director Jane Campion, author of The piano lesson who won the Lumière prize. She succeeds brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
The trophy awarded to Jane Campion stems from a reflection that tends to commemorate the Lumières brothers. “On the object, there is a Lumière film box where it is written Cinématographe Auguste et Louis Lumière. We wanted to move away from what we traditionally put back in the cinema world. We wanted to do something closer to nature. This is why we choose wood. It is also a reference to the history of the Lumière brothers “, explains Thierry Frémaux, director of the Lumière Festival.
Made with wood and brass by five artisans from Rhône-Alpes, the Lumière award weighs just over three kilos. Its making is a team effort since the various workers who take turns and combine their know-how, were chosen by a Lyon company specializing in the creation of high-end objects. Moreover, the selection of American walnut to create the trophy is not trivial. “We made sure that the color of the wood used was as close as possible to the original color of the Lumières brothers’ cameras”, details Mickaël Di Matteo, cabinetmaker designer at Art Wood Concept.
Jane Campion will receive the Lumière Prize from the hands of Thierry Frémaux on Friday October 15 for a special evening at the amphitheater of the Center de Congrès.