Lumière Chief Programmer Maelle Arnaud: ‘Film History Doesn’t Have Parity’

LYON– As Lumière Institute head programmer since 2001, Maelle Arnaud helped launch the Lumière Festival in 2009 and has watched it grow in international esteem over then decade that then followed.

This year, the festival 190 films in 424 screening spread out all over town. It will come to a close this coming Sunday, but not before a marathon screening of “The Godfather” and two days of cine-concerts backed up by the National Orchestra of Lyon. Variety asked Arnaud her thoughts on this year’s edition.

This is the festival’s eleventh edition. How has it grown over its first decade?

When we look at our public, we see them becoming bigger cinephiles. Obviously there are people in Lyon who frequent the Institute throughout the year, but there are many just drawn in by the event, and that’s important too. Those people have been returning for ten years, and I think they’re beginning to develop a really strong film culture. I think it’s great that we can offer that to public.

We only have one screening room at the Institute, whereas the festival spreads out to many different theaters and cover a lot more ground. We can adapt our programming to the different rooms, and take chances, knowing that the public has put their confidence in us.

What things are you most proud of this year?

There are two. First is the André Cayatte retrospective. Since the very beginning we’ve wanted to spotlight strong French films, and Cayatte [fits that bill]. His films did very well when they first came out, but have fallen off the radar since. He’s not so well known anymore, so it seemed necessary for us to revisit his work and to his importance. I think we accomplished that. We’re almost at the end, and I’ve been hearing wonderful responses.

What’s more, when we started planning this retrospective Gaumont held most of the rights to his films, which weren’t in great condition. Gaumont really rallied to our cause, restoring the films and digitizing them, which means those copies travel after our retrospective ends.

And the other?

The other is Coppola. Similarly, very few of his films have been digitized, so we worked with American Zoetrope, Pathé, and Criterion to change that. We had a premiere for the new restoration of “Dementia 13,” which is a film that is as much ‘Corman-ian’ as is it ‘Coppola-esque,’ which is very interesting to see. It’s a real B-movie, but we can still see the themes of family ties he would explore throughout his career.

As a classic/heritage film festival, the nature of your premieres is slightly different. Do you place a lot of importance on spotlighting world premieres of new restorations?

It’s very important for us and for the right’s holders. We want to show that the Lumière Festival is a platform for new restorations, which makes us an appealing launch pad for other restorations going forward. The rights’ holders want that spotlight; they want to be selected by Lumière because that gives them large exposure that can help a theatrical or home video release. Even in the world of classic cinema you have to remain topical, so we seek exclusivity before those heritage films begin their new lives. It shows that the Lumière Festival is now an important date for distributors worldwide.

Due to the past-tense nature of classic cinema, how does a festival like Lumière respond to the current drive to amplify female voices?

It’s harder! Film history does not have parity, which makes it all the more important for us to work on that today. It didn’t exist back then. During the 1950s, there were maybe one or two female directors working in the England, that’s it.

[In sheer numbers] women directors have played less of a role in shaping the film history than their male counterparts. That’s something we have to change today, in contemporary cinema. That means access to school and access to resources, but that can’t change what’s past.

People criticize us for giving the Lumière Prize to more men than women, only we’re all too aware of that fact. Among the living legends of cinema, there simply isn’t parity. That’s proof that things must change, because ideally we alternate male and female honorees every year. In the future, hopefully we will have that opportunity.

But you do have a specifically dedicated program.

[What’s changed in recent years] has been more about the press. I think MeToo has had as much of an effect on the press as on film festival programmers. The press is now asking these questions, but we’ve had our ‘Permanent History of Women Filmmakers’ section since the very beginning. It’s only been in the past two or three years that the press noticed and starting to ask questions about an issue we’ve been raising for over ten years.

When we launched the Permanent History of Women Filmmakers, no one asked us about it. It was only after MeToo that people started to take interest in the subject. But we’ve been talking about the subject for a lot longer…. It’s a question that we hear systematically, and sometimes I want to say, ‘pardon me, but where were you before?’

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship With The Media Is Much Worse

Being in the spotlight certainly can’t be easy — there is no doubt about that. When you are a celebrity or a public figure, it is difficult to do the ordinary, everyday things that most of us simply take for granted. Doing something as basic as stepping out for a cup of coffee can set the stage for a flurry of photographers, and many high-profile people have their privacy invaded each and every day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a media sensation for years now, and it is somewhat safe to say that things are actually getting a little out of hand. In the early stages of their relationship, Prince Harry actually released a statement out of concern for Markle’s safety, given that she was suddenly being hassled by the media.

As members of the royal family, fans around the world, as well as media outlets, take a great interest in everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do on a daily basis. Why is Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship with the media much worse than most people realize?

Prince Harry knows all too well the negative effects of the media

Prince Harry was only twelve years old when his beloved mother, Princess Diana, was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. The car Princess Diana was traveling in was going at an exceptionally high speed in order to escape the watchful eyes of photographers when they crashed into a concrete pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, according to Reader’s Digest.

This changed Prince Harry‘s life drastically and is something that will always be with him. Many blame the media — specifically, the paparazzi — for the late princess’s death. And it would not be surprising if Prince Harry harbored strong feelings about the industry and its people.

Meghan Markle’s personal letter was published

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Prince Harry isn’t the only one who feels the effects of the news media. Not too long ago, Duchess Meghan wrote a very personal letter to her estranged father: Thomas Markle.

According to CBS News, the Duchess of Sussex is involved in a lawsuit against a British tabloid for leaking the contents of the letter, in which she wrote about her feelings regarding her family situation. The media has also been reporting on her personal life and her reputation a lot — and it’s far from a positive spin.

Prince Harry filed lawsuits against two tabloids

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“It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother… If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield. To see this as a thriving community is amazing.” – The Duke of Sussex Above, some words from The Duke of Sussex as he spoke candidly today about his experience retracing his mother’s visit to Angola in 1997. He was able to see firsthand more of the legacy she left on the world. Princess Diana brought global attention to the issue of landmines and helped change the future for this community in Huambo, and many more like it. This afternoon, 22 years later, The Duke was able to walk the same path, but now rather than walking amongst mines, he was able to walk among a bustling community with schools, colleges and small businesses. Earlier today The Duke joined @thehalotrust to once again highlight the issue of landmines that still threatens more than 60 million people worldwide. #RoyalVisitAngola Video © SussexRoyal

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As if the incident involving Markle’s leaked letter weren’t enough for the royal couple to be dealing with, Page Six reports that Prince Harry has filed lawsuits against two British tabloids himself.

Apparently, his phone was hacked and private voicemails were stolen. Although Buckingham Palace has not released specific details of the incident, we know that the voicemails mentioned were several years old, from before Prince Harry and Markle ever even met. This is a huge violation of his privacy, and sadly, there is more to the story.

According to The Guardian, earlier this year, Markle and Prince Harry felt that their security was at risk due to helicopters flying over their rented home in order to obtain photographs. The prince said in a statement that pictures of the living and dining areas were obtained, as well as direct photographs of the bedroom. How awful for the duke and duchess to have to deal with that.

Why is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the media much worse than people realize?

Most royal fans don’t realize how frightening it can be behind the scenes. We all see the tabloid articles regarding Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, but it is easy to forget that there is often more going on. The royal couple deals with their fair share of negativity, yet, they are constantly hassled on a regular basis, something that they are desperately trying to get away from. Their relationship with the media is much worse than people think, and we can only hope that it gets better as time goes on.

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‘Barney’ the Purple Dinosaur movie is in the works

The purple dinosaur is coming to the silver screen.

Mattel Films and actor Daniel Kaluuya, of “Get Out” and “Black Panther,” are excavating “Barney & Friends” from the ’90s children’s programming burial ground — and reconstructing it as a live-action feature.

“Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows left misunderstood,” Kaluuya, 30, told the Hollywood Reporter, somewhat ominously.  “We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.”

Mattel Films head Robbie Brenner told the outlet that “the project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

The show about the big purple Tyrannosaurus rex puppet “from our imagination” and his Backyard Gang of prehistoric buddies — BJ the Protoceratops and Baby Bop, a k a “Sissy,” the Triceratops — originally ran from 1992 to 2009 on PBS Kids.

Both Selena Gomez, 27, and Demi Lovato, 27, made their acting debuts on the show back in the day.

In the show’s final sequence, Barney and children sing the iconic song — the last lyric is “Won’t you say you love me, too?,” before Barney turns back into a stuffed animal and winks at the closing credits.

Mattel has a number of other nostalgic movie adaptions in the works, including of “Masters of the Universe,” and “Barbie.”

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Naomie Harris Is in Talks to Play a Major Marvel Villain

After turning heads as Eve Moneypenny in two James Bond movies, it was only a matter of time before Naomie Harris scored her very own superhero movie. Well, it appears as though that time is now, with Variety reporting that Harris is in talks to play a villain in Venom 2.

According to the report, Harris is circling the role of Shriek, a “dangerous and criminally insane villainess,” who’ll join Woody Harrelson’s Carnage as the main foil to Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom. In the comics, Shriek is Carnage’s love interest, which means we may see some romance sandwiched in between their evil exploits.

Harris rounds out an impressive cast, which includes the aforementioned Hardy, Harrelson, and Michelle Williams, who’s returning as Brock’s love interest. And with mo-cap expert Andy Serkis set to direct, Venom 2 has the potential to be one next year’s most fascinating movies.

Harris meanwhile, is set to reprise her role as Moneypenny in the next Bond movie, No Time to Die. Her rise should come as no surprise, after she was nominated for an Oscar for her gut-wrenching turn as a drug addicted mother in 2017’s Best Picture-winning film Moonlight. But despite her success, Harris has discussed the effects of sudden fame, and why she doesn’t make as many films as someone else in her position might.

“I was completely burned out. I needed a break,” she told The Guardian about the Moonlight whirlwind and subsequent burnout. “I was like: ‘I don’t want to be an actress any more.’ I was thinking of opening a nail salon with my friend.”

But with Bond and Venom 2 on the way, it looks like Harris is finally ready to assume her rightful place at the top, and that’s just fine with us.

Related: Oscar Nominee Naomie Harris on Her Intense, Decades-Spanning Role in Moonlight, Filmed in Just Three Days

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Disney Plus Fleshes Out Nonfiction Slate, Including ‘Howard,’ ‘Science Fair,’ Mickey Mouse Docu

Disney Plus further fleshed out its nonfiction content slate at an International Documentary Association showcase event Friday, as the streamer, preparing for its Nov. 12 launch, continues to flesh out its programming strategy.

Among the announcements:

  • The streamer has acquired the global distribution rights to “Howard,” the Don Hahn-directed documentary about “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast” lyricist Howard Ashman, which will stream exclusively on Disney Plus in 2020.
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “20 Feet From Stardom” documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville is producing an untitled Mickey Mouse documentary from Tremolo Productions and Lincoln Square Productions for the streamer, one that will “work to decode Mickey’s deeper significance” and its cultural impact.
  • As part of an overall deal with production company Supper Club, Disney Plus has the following three projects in the works: docu-series “People & Places,” about  people who “embody the Disney ethos,” David Gelb-directed “Wolfgang,” about celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, and docu anthology series “Marvel 616,” about the culture of Marvel. “Community’s” Gillian Jacobs will direct the first episode of “Marvel 616,” focusing on the women of Marvel Comics.
  • Disney Plus has acquired the exclusive global streaming rights to National Geographic documentary “Science Fair,” which earned awards at Sundance, SXSW and the Emmys.

“Disney has a rich history in nonfiction storytelling that dates back to the 1940s,” said Disney Plus president of content and marketing Ricky Strauss. “The projects announced and showcased here today reflect Disney+’s commitment to building on Walt’s storytelling ethos and core values of creativity, innovation, and exploration.”

The Mouse had previously announced a number of nonfiction titles for the service in April, including Kristen Bell’s “Encore!”, Disney-inspired cooking competition show “Be Our Chef,” props and costumes anthology series “Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies,” and family-focused “(Re)Connect.”

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AT&T’s Ad-Tech Unit Xandr Buys Clypd To Help Place TV Commercials More Precisely

Xandr, the AT&T ad-technology unit, has purchased a new company that helps advertisers use data to place commercials in front of the audiences most likely to want to watch them

The AT&T division said Friday it had acquired clypd, a company that helps advertisers move forward in a growing desire by Madison Avenue to run ads in front of smaller niches of consumers who are most interested in the product being promoted. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AT&T is counting on Xandr to develop data and technology that will draw more dollars from Madison Avenue to its WarnerMedia and DirecTV properties. WarnerMedia last Spring exited from an alliance between itself, Viacom, Fox Corp. and NBCUniversal called Open AP that defined audience niches for marketers. That company is moving forward into facilitating buys across the various owners.

Clypd’s technology is used by various TV programmers to serve relevant advertising in linear TV . Clypd also helps automate the purchase of ad inventory through private or open marketplaces.

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Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston to Receive 2019 View Conference’s Visionary Award

The 2019 View Conference will present its Visionary Award to Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston.

Eggleston, who won an Oscar in 2002 for his animated short “For the Birds,” has worked on such Pixar hits as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E,” and “Inside Out.”

“I’ve long been a fan of the View Conference. It’s a great gathering place for creative minds and meaningful discussion and it attracts some of the top professionals in the industry,” Eggleston says. “So for me to receive their Visionary Award is an incredible honor. To be recognized before colleagues whose work I’ve long admired is truly humbling.”

Brad Bird, who has worked with Eggleston on both “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2” calls Eggleston “an artistic whirlwind who takes in all kinds of visual information from disparate but relevant sources and blows them in to your film, enriching it in the process. He has a tremendous knowledge of film history and is also stimulated by all artistic mediums. In a normal conversation, Ralph will refer to everything from a Beethoven sonata to the work of an architect like John Lautner and tie them together with a reference from a ‘50s Billy Wilder film. All of those qualities make for a wonderful artistic collaboration and a deep and wonderful friendship.”

Frequent Pixar collaborator composer Michael Giacchino calls Eggleston “one of the most gifted and talented production designers, storytellers and Hollywood trivia whiz-bangs I’ve ever worked with. His talent is matched by his love and obsession with filmmaking of every genre. His knowledge and influences are far and wide, making him one of the best assets a director (or composer!) could have on their team. So happy to see him receive this award – hard to think of anyone more deserving.”

Eggleston will receive the award during the conference, which is held from Oct. 21-25 in Turin, Italy.

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Trentino Film Commission Leads By Example With Eco-Friendly Program T-Green

In 2015, Luca Ferrario set out to lead by example. Though many European commissions already offered sustainability programs, none, he felt, did so in ways that could flourish in his own back yard.

“Most of my colleagues offered guidelines to follow, only those were not enough, at least not in Italy,” says Ferrario, who is head of the Trentino Film Fund and vice president of the Italian Film Commissions Network. “[Not only did] we need to prepare a list of actions to be taken during production, we needed to make it easy to use, because we didn’t want to scare producers away. You have to break the ice, start with a simple approach, and then take it from there,” he continues.

So the Trentino Film Commission got to work designing a new plan, one that could wed an intuitive checklist with additional financial incentives, all in an effort to promote sustainable production within the Trento region. In 2017, the Trentino Film Commission introduced T-Green Film, an optional certification program that allowed producers to also ask for Green certification – and with it, addition financial aid – while applying for the up to €200,000 ($223,000) the Trentino Film Commission offers in regional support.

T-Green presents a point-based rating system that offers detailed sustainability guidelines across six areas: Energy reduction, transport and accommodation, catering, material selection, waste management, and external communications, attributing points for each protocol adhered to, totaling up to 50 points overall.

During the application phase, a company would indicate how many points it planned to claim. Once evaluated, and subsequently checked for compliance during the shoot, these eco-friendly productions would receive extra financial support from the Trentino Film Fund and a certification of sustainability issued by an outside agency, the APPA of Trento (Provincial Agency for the Protection of the Environment).

For Ferrario, many of these protocols are almost self-evident. “These are things people are already doing at home,” he says. “We already turn off the lights, we already recycle and try to limit our waste, and we already buy hybrid cars – it’s exactly the same, scaled up for productions.”

Since the program’s launch, roughly half the projects applying for regional support have also opted for T-Green certification; in hard numbers, that makes for 10 productions with certification and two more currently under review. With the Swedish series “Sanctuary” (pictured), the regional fund certified its first foreign project, only Ferrario has more wide-reaching international goals than simply bringing international projects to his home turf.

“We’re now trying to export this model, because we’ve seen a lot of interest from other regions and countries around Europe,” he notes. “We’ve been invited to present this model in Sweden, Norway, Germany and at Cannes, and we’re currently working to expand it to neighboring Italian regions and to other partners across Europe.” To that end, the scheme recently underwent a soft-reboot, dropping some of its regional particularities and rebranding with a new name and website, Green.Film.

“We’re trying to build a network of funds using the same tools, [because] this is about action people can take on set no matter where they are,” Ferrario explains. “If producers move around Europe finding different rules regarding sustainability everywhere they go, that’s not going to help. But if there’s continuity, it will be easier to keep going, and to organize joint training activities, all focusing on the same thing. That way people can actually start working in partnership when it comes to sustainability.”

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Pete Davidson & Margaret Qualley Have Reportedly Called It Quits

Less than three months after taking their relationship public, Pete Davidson and Margaret Qualley have reportedly split. A source told Us Weekly that although the Saturday Night Live cast member and the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor are no longer together, "they remain friends." Us previously broke the news that the pair were dating in August.

Compared to his high-profile relationships with Cazzie David, Ariana Grande, and Kate Beckinsale, Davidson’s romance with Qualley was relatively low-key. After a PDA-filled four months of dating, People reported that the SNL star split from Beckinsale in April. Three months after that, Qualley and Davidson were officially an item, per Us, although it’s unclear when they actually started dating. At the time, a source told the publication, "They’ve been seeing each other for a couple of months and Margaret is really excited about him."

Shortly after news broke that they were dating, Davidson and Qualley stepped out together at the Venice International Film Festival where the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was promoting her film Seberg. The two continued to keep a relatively low profile for a celebrity couple after that, but as recently as Sept. 29, they seemed to be going strong — at least according to Qualley’s mom, Groundhog Day actor Andie MacDowell.

MacDowell spoke to People at the L’Oreal fashion show in Paris, where she said that although she hadn’t met her daughter’s boyfriend just yet, she had sent him a video message at Qualley’s request. "She has a beautiful relationship with him but I don’t want to step on her relationship too much," she added.

Neither Davidson nor Qualley spoke publicly about their relationship while they were dating, nor have they confirmed their breakup. This is a big switch for the SNL actor who has gone through three major relationships and splits since 2018, although none were more public than his relationship with Grande. His whirlwind romance with the "Thank U Next" singer unfolded on social media over the course of four months in the summer of 2018 when every day seemed to bring a new headline about the couple as they began dating, got engaged, and broke up.

Grande and Davidson called off their engagement in October 2018, and the comedian addressed their split on a November episode of SNL that same year. After joking that he had to move back in with his mom, he spoke out about the end of his relationship at the end of a Weekend Update skit. "The truth is, it’s nobody’s business," he said. "Sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s OK. She’s a wonderful strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."

His public statement about his split from Grande stands in stark contrast to his relationship and breakup from Qualley. Davidson latest romance played out privately, and ended the same way.

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14 Famous Homes From Movies and TV Shows You Can Book on Airbnb Right Now

14 Famous Homes From Movies and TV Shows You Can Book on Airbnb Right Now

Sometimes the jaw-dropping houses that you see in movies and TV shows aren’t just a soundstage set. A lot of famous homes you know and love are real-life locations, and even better, a lot of them are available on Airbnb to book for your next trip. Besides great accommodations, you can enjoy experiencing a piece of that Hollywood magic, whether you want to feel nostalgic in The Golden Girls guest house or feel like royalty in the castle from Downton Abbey. You never know how long these iconic homes will be available to stay in, so add these to your bucket list ASAP.

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