Ken Loach, Lumière Award 2012
It is English director Ken Loach who received the 4th edition of the Lumière Award during the Lumière festiva. Mr Loach succeeds Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, and Gérard Dépardieu.
The Award was presented to Mr Loach for his « lifetime achievement in film, for his personal take on industrial society, and for his contribution to the history of English, European, and International cinema (and also because he loves football!).»
Bertrand Tavernier, President of the Institut Lumière :
« I knew Ken Loach from Poor Cow, Kes, or Family Life, for which I was the press agent. The Lumière Award is, first of all, a way of celebrating a magnificent body of work that includes numerous successes. It is also an expression of gratitude toward a man who remains loyal to his ideals, in a time when refusals are worn on jackets like decorations. He is a man who opposes cynicism and capitalism, who supports the underrepresented or the forgotten, even if it is no longer fashionable among the elites who look on from elsewhere. Heir to Orwell, Ken Loach has identified the raging heart, the errors and cowardice of politicians from all sides. His films are of overwhelming evidence against the vagaries of a capitalist and commercial society. They are also proof that another society exists, one that is made of brotherhood and collective beliefs. We cannot properly paint a portrait of England without including his tremendous work. On October 20th, the Prix Lumière will be awarded to an artist who has always been on the side of decency. » (July 2012)
Born in 1936, Ken Loach has made more than twenty feature films for the cinema. His latest film, The Angels' Share, was screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, where he received the Jury Prize from the hands of Nanni Moretti. Since that moment, he has enjoyed great success in theatres in France and England. If he has been recognised by the Cannes Film Festival, being selected numerous times in competition (he was also often rewarded, winning the Palme d'Or in 2006), Ken Loach has rarely been honoured by French institutions. During his stay at the Lumière festival, he will present several of his films, attend meetings with the public, and discuss some of his favourite works, as is the tradition of the festival.
The presentation of the Lumière Award was held in the Amphitheatre of the Lyon Convention Centre on Saturday, October 20th in front of an audience of 3000 people.
Photo gallery of the Lumière Award ceremony
The Lumière Award was created by Thierry Frémaux to celebrate a filmmaker or a personality of cinema in Lyon, at the very place where Louis and Auguste Lumière invented the Cinematograph, and where they shot their first film, Sortie d’Usine, in 1895. Because we must express our gratitude to the directors and artists of the cinema, who fill our lives, the Lumière Award is a distinction that is based on time, recognition, and admiration.