Born in the Lyon region of France, Thierry Frémaux’s taste for cinema was passed on by his father. He started his career at the Institut Lumière in Lyon as a volunteer, then as an employee before being appointed artistic director in 1995. He organized the centenary of cinema and started the restoration of movies by the Lumière brothers, the inventors of the Cinematograph, with Bertrand Tavernier, the famous director and president of the Institut Lumière. In 2009, he launches the first edition of the Festival Lumière, a yearly international event around cinema taking place in October in the city that is considered to be the birthplace of movie-making. The festival, which since became one of cinema’s unmissable events, delivers each year the Lumière Award to a figure of cinema for their work, and welcomed personalities such as Martin Scorcese, Quentin Tarantino, Catherine Deneuve, Mads Mikkelsen or Nicolas Winding-Refn.

Despite a job offer as the director of the Cinémathèque Française, Thierry Frémaux has always refused to leave the Institut Lumière. Appointed artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious movie festivals in the world, by Gilles Jacob, he is in charge of the program of the festival since 2004, before becoming general delegate in 2007, thus taking care of the artistic content, as well as the administrative and logistics management of the event. He will mark the start of a new period for the Cannes Film Festival, opening the doors to American movie studios, to genre and animation movies and to documentaries, and by further opening to exotic cinema.

2017 is a new step in this cinema devotee. After the publication earlier this year of his book “Official Selection : Journal”, in which he is taking us to the heart of the Cannes Film Festival preparations through a day-to-day journal he kept for a year, showing us the behind the scenes, it is from behind the camera that Thierry Frémaux is bringing us his new project. His documentary “Lumière ! L’aventure commence” recounts the early stages of movie-making as we know it today thanks to a selection of restored films, directed by the Lumière brothers during the early 20th century on their famous Cinematograph.

On the occasion of the screening of his documentary at the Helsinki International Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux will honour us with his presence at the Savoy theatre on the 22nd of September 2017 to talk about his movie and discuss with the audience. A must-see event !

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