A film festival isn't just about screenings and meetings- it's also about music and songs… From the get-go, the Lumière festival set the tone with music! In 2009, it was with Ennio Morricone and Clint and Kyle Eastwood; the following year, it was about Milos Forman's Mozart, and in 2012 the Clash gave a shot of energy to the Ken Loach festival video. Last year, with Quentin Tarantino, a filmmaker whose work is indivisible from his music, it was a megamix of songs, jingles, rock, retro, and artists of all genres.
So at this year's edition, with Pedro Almodóvar as the guest of honor, what will the playlist look like?
For starters, here are three songs set to pervade the Lumière festival 2014. More coming soon!
It's the first music we heard booming through the Halle Tony Garnier, packed for opening night of the first Lumière festival. That year was a triple tribute to the genial Ennio Morricone, Sergio Leone (unpopular with critics; his full filmography will be presented his year), and Clint Eastwood, who received the first Lumière Award from the hands of Bertrand Tavernier. For the 2009 closing ceremony, Clint returned to the Halle Tony Garnier to introduce The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, whose soundtrack includes the legendary Ecstasy of Gold. Since then, we can't live without it and you'll be hearing it again at this year's edition! Keep your ears open… it means the festival is about to begin!
"I will resist, and I will go on living..." Resistiré by the Duo Dinamico (the Spanish counterpart to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive) has since become an anthem to the struggle of the AIDS era. It's a very 80s track, punctuated by the drum machine in a rhythm designed to conquer the American Latino market. In Pedro Almodóvar's Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! we hear the song in the great final scene with Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas and Lola L singing along in the car. When sung together, Resistiré is irresistible!
Tonight it is September and
I have closed up my room,
the sun will no longer enter here,
you don't love me anymore.
Ah, Philippe Sarde! Such a quiet man, yet such an essential musician to the French cinema. Collaborator and friend to Claude Sautet (as well as to Bertrand Tavernier, André Téchiné, Pierre Granier-Deferre, and many others), the man we never see will travel to Lyon to pay homage to the director of The Things of Life, for which Sarde wrote this song's music and Jean-Loup Dabadie penned the lyrics. With the definitive, unforgettable performances by Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli, it's the ideal clip to commence a remembrance of Claude Sautet…
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