Following in the footsteps of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Faye Dunaway will open France’s 6th Lumiere- Grand Lyon Festival, attending for an opening evening gala screening of Arthur Penn’s 1967 modern classic “Bonnie and Clyde,” where she stars with Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman.
Taking place Oct. 13, the opening gala will take place at Lyon’s massive Halle Tony Garnier, with a restored Warner Bros. copy of “Bonnie and Clyde,” and much of the crème of the French film industry and around 5,000 spectators in attendance.
In a brief statement Wednesday, Dunaway said she was very touched by the invitation to a festival for film-lovers. Run by the Lumiere Institute’s Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Fremaux, the Lumiere Festival, which only screens restorations, revivals and re-issues, noted Dunaway’s “immense contribution” to the emergence of U.S. independent cinema in the 1960s and ‘70s, citing a swathe of titles that Dunaway went on to star in after her breakthrough performance in “Bonnie and Clyde,” such as “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Network,” “The Arrangement,” “Chinatown,” and “Little Big Man,” again with Penn.
“The meeting with Penn was decisive,” the Lumiere Festival claimed.” A great actors director, Penn helped Beatty, Anne Bancroft, Robert Redford, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, Dustin Hoffman and Marlon Brandon to some of their greatest performances, the Lumiere Festival claimed. Dunaway gives few interviews, does not seek recognition, which makes her attendance all the more exceptional, the Festival added.
The star of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” Belmondo will be a hard act to follow. A tribute by Quentin Tarantino, the recipient later the same week last year of the Festival’s 5th Lumiere Award, brought the Halle Tony Garnier house down.
In 2014, the Festival’s 6th Lumiere Award will be presented to Pedro Almodovar.
The 6th Lumiere-Grand Lyon Festival runs Oct. 13-19.