Press release

Bertrand Tavernier reelected President of the Institut Lumière  

On Monday, July 1st, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Institut Lumière reelected filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier to the Presidency of the association by unanimous vote.

The members praised the filmmaker's work with the teams and his involvement in all the Institut’s developments in recent years.

Born in 1941 in Lyon, where he shot his first feature film, The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'Horloger de Saint-Paul), Bertrand Tavernier thus begins a new three-year term as President of the Institut Lumière, a role he has fulfilled since its founding in 1982.

"Far from a fleeting endeavor, I am very happy to be able to continue my commitment to this institute that no one believed in when it was created," declared Bertrand Tavernier. “At the time, it was crucial to establish a street in Lyon, the very city where the first Lumière film was shot, on the world map, which was accomplished in a remarkable way.

Around the world, the passion for the cinema is real and palpable and the Institut Lumière is a link in the chain that must not be broken. The films, movie theaters and audiences are there, ready to perpetuate the adventure initiated by the founders of the Cinematograph and the great French and international pioneers.

I would like to thank the members of the Board of Directors, as well as the City of Lyon, the Metropolis of Lyon, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region and the National Center for Cinema and the Animated Image (CNC), who have supported us since the beginning. I also want to acknowledge the ever-growing presence of private partners, who allow us to envision and realize our wildest dreams.

I am very proud of the work accomplished with Thierry Frémaux and Cécile Bourgeat and their teams, who I also thank, as well as Bernard Chardère, the first director of the Institut Lumière - with a thought for the late Raymond Chirat, who was present from its inception.

I also wish to reaffirm the caliber of the Lyonnais audiences and express my joy in welcoming all the artists each year, who become accustomed to visiting us and contribute to the site’s prestige.

Finally, in 2020, I invite everyone to participate in commemorating the 125 years of the birth of the Lumière Cinematograph. The invention of the future will also occur through celebrations of the thousands of treasures of our memory and our heritage."

Located at 25 Rue du Premier-Film (First Film-Street) in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon, the very place where the Lumière Cinematograph was invented and where the first film in the history of the cinema was shot, the Institut Lumière includes:
- a movie theater dedicated to classic cinema
- the Lumière museum, exploring the origin of animated images and the invention of cinema
- two photo galleries including one in downtown Lyon
- a cinema bookshop
- a DVD store
- the Raymond Chirat documentation center
- numerous collections of origin cinema
- film collections
- film posters and documentation collections
- apparatus and device collections
- three arthouse cinemas in downtown Lyon
- a collection of books issued by Actes Sud editions
- publication of the magazine

The Institute is always developing important policies and programs for schoolchildren. It also produced the film
Lumière! The Adventure Begins, released in 2017.

The Institut Lumière organizes the Lumière festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this October.

It is funded by State and local entities, who contribute 40%, with 60% financed by the Institut’s own resources and private partners.

The Institut Lumière currently welcomes between 350,000 and 600,000 filmgoers and visitors per year.

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