Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne
Prix Lumière 2020


Directors of incomparable style and precision, acclaimed discoverers of actors, the Dardenne brothers have sealed their mark on contemporary cinema with their powerful vision. In their work, the poetics of reality are pushed to their pinnacle, a nod to their origin as documentary filmmakers. Celebrated on the international scene and admired by their peers, they have won two Palme d'Or awards and several others at the Cannes Film Festival. Along with this year’s special guests, Lyon audiences and all the festivalgoers, the time has come to celebrate the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for what it is: humanist, bold, committed, turned towards the young generation and crying out for truth.

In collaboration with Films du Fleuve, ARP Sélection, Diaphana and the Cinematek (Belgium).

Master class
Conversation with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Célestins, Theatre of Lyon Fri.16 3 pm 
Fri.16 3 pm 

Lumière Award Ceremony

Amphitheatre, Lyon Conference Centre
Friday, October 16 at 7pm
In the presence of Émilie Dequenne and a myriad of special guests
Followed by the screening of the film
Rosetta (1999, 1h35) in restored print
Introduced by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

In order to maintain the ceremony and the screening of the film Rosetta, while respecting the curfew established by the government, which takes effect on Friday at midnight, the event will be moved up to start at 7pm (instead of 7:30pm).




Le Chant du rossignol by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1978, 1h02)
Seven people who resisted Nazism speak, tell their stories, remember their fight in the Liège region… The first effort of a contemporary work, soon to be essential. First screening of the film.
Villa Lumière Sun.11 10:45 am

Followed by
For the War to End, the Walls Should Have Crumbled (The Newspaper) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Pour que la guerre s’achève, les murs devaient s’écrouler (Le Journal), 1980, 50min, EngST)
Ten years after the events, Edmond G. tells the story of the activist underground newspaper for which he was an editor in the Cockerill factories… A film which traces the path of a labour movement and activist commitment.

Lorsque le bateau de Léon M. descendit la Meuse pour la première fois by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1979, 44min, EngST)
Descending the Meuse across the landscape of old factories today, Léon Masy rediscovers the memories of a strike... A deeply social work on preserving the heritage of the working class.
Lumière Terreaux Wed.14 11 am

Followed by
R… ne répond plus by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1981, 52min, EngST)
A survey of radio libre stations in Europe... "An attempt to illustrate the myths conveyed by radio libre broadcasts," according to the Dardenne brothers.

Leçons d’une université volante by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Leçons d’une université volante, 1982, 50min, EngST)
Following the announcement of the state of siege in Poland and the ban on an independent union in 1981, five Polish immigrants of different generations testify… An impactful film that probes questions of exile and collective identity.
Villa Lumière Sat.17 10 pm (Screening canceled)

Followed by
Regarde Jonathan, Jean Louvet, son œuvre by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1983, 57min, EngST)
Following the winter strikes of 1960, Jean Louvet, Walloon playwright, founded the proletarian theatre of La Louvière with untrained actors... The Dardennes find a theme that is particularly dear to them: the social theatre.

Feature films

Falsch by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1986, 1h25, EngST)
Joe, the last survivor of a Jewish family, the Falsches, returns to Berlin after forty years... The Dardenne brothers create this first work of fiction, infused with a dreamlike and mystifying atmosphere - in contrast to their upcoming works - a huis-clos in an airport, with a succession of peculiar characters.
Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 9:45 pm

I’m Thinking of You by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Je pense à vous, 1992, 1h25, EngST)
Belgium, 1980. On the banks of the Meuse, factories close one after another, resulting in mass lay-offs. A worker sees his life changing... The moving portrait of a certain class of workers in the process of disappearing…
UGC Confluence Thu.15 5 pm

The Promise by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (La Promesse, 1996, 1h33, EngST)
After a tragedy on the construction site of his father, a trafficker in illegal immigration, young Igor has made a promise to Hamidou, an African emigrant... A harsh and raw film, with the young Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet.
Lumière Terreaux Sun.11 5:30 pm | Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon Tue.13 8 pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 10:45 am

Rosetta by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1999, 1h35, EngST)
Day after day, the relentless fight of Rosetta, for a job, for a place... Winner of the Palme d´Or at the Cannes Film Festival with a Best Actress award for Émilie Dequenne in her first role. Also starring Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet.
Bron Sun.11 6 pm | Lumière Bellecour Sat.17 5:45 pm | Villa Lumière Sun.18 11:15 am

The Son by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Le Fils, 2002, 1h43, EngST)
Olivier (Olivier Gourmet), a carpentry trainer, receives a job application from a young man. Overcome with a strange feeling, he begins to spy on him... An intense sense of suspense for this moving film on parent-child relations.
Villa Lumière Sat.10 4:45 pm | Craponne Sun.11 6 pm | UGC Astoria Tue.13 4:45 pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu.15 10:45 am

The Child by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’Enfant, 2005, 1h35, EngST)
Bruno, 20 years old, used to getting into petty schemes, becomes the father to little Jimmy, with the child’s mother, Sonia, 18, and does not realize what his new responsibility entails… The Dardennes take home their second Palme d´Or. Starring Jérémie Renier and Deborah François in an authentic tale about love and forgiveness.
Lumière Bellecour Mon.12 5:45 pm | Décines Wed.14 2 pm | Comœdia Fri.16 11:15 am | Pathé Bellecour Sun.18 2:30 pm

Lorna’s Silence by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Le Silence de Lorna, 2008, 1h45)
Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, decides to get involved with the risky plan of Fabio, a man of the same lower register... A tangle of interdependent destinies is filmed with subtlety. An impressive performance by Arta Dobroshi.
Comœdia Thu.15 10:45 am | Cinéma Opéra Fri.16 5:30 pm

The Kid with a Bike by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Le Gamin au vélo, 2011, 1h27, EngST)
Cyril, 12, placed in a home, wants to reconnect with his father. He meets Samantha, who runs a hair salon... Filiation and adolescence take centre stage in a sensitive and luminous story, starring Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier and the young Thomas Doret.
UGC Confluence Mon.12 9:30 pm | Vénissieux Thu.15 2:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.17 2 pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun.18 5:15 pm

Two Days, One Night by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Deux jours, une nuit, 2014, 1h35, EngST)
Sandra has the span of a weekend to try and convince her colleagues to give up their bonus so that she can avoid being fired... A heartbreaking contemporary drama with an excellent Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione.
Francheville Wed.14 8:30 pm | Lumière Institute Thu.15 9 pm
The Unknown Girl by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (La Fille inconnue, 2016, 1h46, EngST)
A doctor gets personally involved in a mystery: who was the young woman found dead a stone's throw away from her office?... A social intrigue led by an impressive Adèle Haenel; a work about being attentive and feelings of guilt.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.11 8:30 pm | Lumière Terreaux Fri.16 11 am
Young Ahmed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Le Jeune Ahmed, 2019, 1h24)
In Belgium, the fate of young Ahmed, 13, radicalized by the imam of his neighbourhood... A chilling film on the extremes of the contemporary world.
Villa Lumière Mon.12 2:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Wed.14 8 pm

Short film

Il court, il court le monde by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1987, 10min, EngST)
A television director is preparing a show on the theme of speed. When his girlfriend calls him, he leaves the studio in a rush… First original screenplay from the filmmakers, an ironic parable about the cult of immediacy.
Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 9:45 pm


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