Lumière Open Air Film Festival

Watching movies under the starry sky is an experience you don't want to miss! From Friday 9 August to Tuesday 20 August, the fifth edition of the Lumière Open Air Film Festival will take place. Choose from a dazzling mix of recent releases and timeless classics.

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Tickets
Regular — €14,50
Lumière Passie — €12,50
Under 16/Student/CJP — €10,-
Cineville — €5,-

Programma
On this page, you can see the full program. In addition to these films, we will also be showing two premiere films. We will announce these as soon as possible.

People's choice
What would you like to see on the big screen under the starry sky? This year, Team Lumière struggled with choosing, so we thought: let's ask the real expert—you! Make your choice here, and who knows, you might see this film on Sunday, August 18th, at the open-air cinema.

Location
Richie Backfireplein (the grassy area behind Lumière).

Start time
You can reach the festival grounds via the stairs next to the main entrance of Lumière. The festival grounds open at 7pm, so you can have some drinks and bites while watching the sunset.

Bad weather?
In case of bad weather, remember to bring a raincoat and a blanket. Only if there is a heavy storm, we will cancel the screening and refund your purchase.

Italian Buffet
Watching a movie on an empty stomach? No way! In addition to our extensive selection of food trucks, this year you can also choose to join the Italian buffet that our chef has specially prepared for you before the movie. Curious about what you can expect? Check out the menu here. Tickets cost €27.50 per person.

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Open Air | Amazing Grace

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Moving registration of a brilliant performance by Aretha Franklin, a minister's daughter who returned to her roots at the height of her career: gospel music.

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Los Angeles, 1972. Franklin records her legendary album AMAZING GRACE in two days under the guidance of an inspired choir and in the presence of countless notable guests (including her father and Mick Jagger). Thank god these ecstatic sessions were recorded on film, although they have never seen the light of day due to technical problems. Director Sydney Pollack, who was in charge of the recordings, made a mistake that made the synchronization of the images and sounds impossible. Thanks to modern technology, this has recently been made possible.
The result is incredibly emotional: with her beautiful voice, Franklin reaches out to God, while the rest of the church follows crying and screaming. This musical prayer not only leads to goose bumps, but also ensures viewers that Aretha is indeed the best singer ever.


Programme:

20.40hrs: Performance by Maxime & Glyn
21.05hrs: Short welcome speech
21.10hrs: Cover Aretha
21.15hrs: Start of AMAZING GRACE


The evening will be musically opened by Maxime x Glyn. This refreshing Curaçaoan-Surinamese duo will warm the Lumiere festival grounds with beautiful, soul-soothing R&B songs. Just like Aretha in AMAZING GRACE, the duo seeks connection through their music. We couldn’t imagine a better way to open the festival!

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack, USA, 2019, 89 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir.

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Open Air | Howl’s Moving Castle

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Dazzlingly beautiful animation fairytale by Japanese grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) about a timid girl turned into an old woman by a witch. She goes into nature to regain her old form.

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For HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, Miyazaki adapted the children’s book of the same name by British fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones. Sophie, a young milliner, falls under the spell of a handsome young man. Little does she know that it is the famous wizard Howl, whom the Witch of the Waste also has a crush on. When the jealous witch has turned Sophie into an old woman, Sophie must search for a wizard who can rid her of the curse. She moves into the mountains and goes to work as a housekeeper in Howl’s moving castle. There she is drawn into a fierce battle against evil forces. And that is just the beginning. Colourful top entertainment for all ages.


Programme:

21.00hrs—Short Q&A with Janneke Swinkels
21.10hrs—Teaser
21.15hrs—Start HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE


Q&A with Janneke Swinkels + ZWERMEN Teaser

Prior to the screening of HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, Maastricht filmmaker Janneke Swinkels will be present for a short Q&A about ZWERMEN, the short stop-motion animated film she has been working on with her partner Tim Frijsinger for the past few years. The production of this remarkable film was recently completed. The story revolves around Piet, an elderly man in a nursing home who suddenly begins to transform into a bird. During the Q&A, Janneke Swinkels will share more about the film and its creation process, and an exclusive teaser will be shown.

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Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2004, 119 min. Japanese spoken, English subtitles. With met de stemmen van Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura en Akihiro Miwa.

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Open Air | La Belle Époque

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In this romantic comedy, a cartoonist suffering an existential crisis hires a Virtual Reality (VR) company to recreate a happier time in his marriage.

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Please note that this film is in French, with Dutch subtitles.

This high-concept comedy from Nicolas Bedos shrewdly taps into our current technological anxieties and our most basic desire to revisit our glory days. Victor is a sexagenarian cartoonist whose long-time publisher has eliminated their print edition and, with it, his gig. No fan of VR, Victor likes turning pages, touching flesh, and seeing what’s actually before him. Alas, what’s before him is a resentful wife, Marianne, who can no longer stand him.
Longing to escape the present, Victor opts to return to the past – or a simulacrum of it. Enter ‘Time Travellers’, a service that immerses clients in a painstaking re-enactment of whatever historical moment its actors, designers, and builders can conjure. Victor hires the company to return him to May 16, 1974, the day he first met Marianne in a Lyon café. It feels like a beautiful dream. But what happens when it's time to wake up?

Nicolas Bedos, France, 2020, 115 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Denis Podalydès.

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Open Air | Her

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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. An original love story by Spike Jonze (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION) that explores the evolving nature - and the risks - of intimacy in the modern world.

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, HER follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet ‘Samantha’, a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.


Programme:

21:00 Short Q&A with Celine Daemen
21:10 Teaser
21:15 Start HER


Q&A Celine Daemen

Celine Daemen graduated from the directing program at the Toneelacademie Maastricht in 2018 and subsequently founded Studio Nergens. Her groundbreaking virtual reality operas quickly garnered national and international attention. In these innovative productions, audience members explore captivating musical scenes while immersed in VR experiences. Celine was honored with the Best Immersive Experience award at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2023 for her remarkable work, SONGS FOR A PASSERBY. Her participation in the Lumière Open Air Film Festival marks a full circle: years ago, someone at a Lumière festival asked her, "Is VR something for you?" The rest is history.

Prior to the screening of HER, there will be a brief interview with Celine where she will present a teaser and stills from her work.

Spike Jonze, USA, 2013, 126 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Kristen Wiig.

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Open Air | Brassed Off

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Moving tragicomedy about the fortunes of a miners’ brass band at the time of the closure of their mine. Screening in the context of the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Limburg mines

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Social problems don’t have to result in bleak films. This is proven by the feel-good film BRASSED OFF, a film in the tradition of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh’s social realist British working-class cinema. The film is set in 1992 in the Yorkshire mining village of Grimley. The local mine survived the 1984 Thatcher government mine closures, but eight years later the management wants to close the unprofitable mine after all. The miners receive a hefty buyout payment if they agree to the closure. This divides the otherwise close-knit community. BRASSED OFF follows the miners who continue to oppose the closure. They can vent their frustrations in the brass band, but because of the impending mine closure, members are more concerned with their financial worries than rehearsals. Bandleader Danny – a wonderful role by the now-deceased Pete Postlethwaite – watches the decline of his brass band with sorrow, but sees the tide turn when a lovely young woman signs up as a new member. She plays so well that Danny’s old dream of winning the national brass band championship is revived.


Programme:

20.40hrs: Start performance
21:05hrs: Brief welcome + short interview
21:10hrs: Encore + footage of mine closures
21:20hrs: Start of BRASSED OFF


There was only one possible opener for this evening: a performance by Brass Band Limburg. Under the musical direction of Renato Meli, the band has established itself over the years as one of the most respected brass bands in the region. On August 14, a brass ensemble of BBL members, led by second conductor Stijn Waterval, will perform. This ensemble will play against the backdrop of historical footage from Limburg's mining history.

This program was created in collaboration with WMC Kerkrade.

Mark Herman, UK, USA, 1996, 108 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson, Jim Carter.

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Open Air | Spoorloos

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A Dutch classic, this blood-curdlingly suspenseful and gruesome thriller about a young woman who, after stopping at a petrol station on a holiday trip to France, seems to have disappeared without a trace.

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Please note that this film is in French, English and Dutch, with Dutch subtitles.

Three years after her disappearance, Rex is still trying to find out where his great love Saskia has gone and hopes to find her again. When Mr Lemorne crosses his path, hope glimmers. However, Lemorne presents Rex with a fiendish dilemma: either Rex surrenders to him completely, or their paths separate and Rex will never discover where Saskia is.

For the screenplay, George Sluizer enlisted the help of Tim Krabbé, whose successful novel HET GOUDEN EI served as the starting point for this film. More than three decades after its release, the Netherlands’ best psychothriller has lost none of its power. Stanley Kubrick’s characterisation of it as ‘the most terrifying film I have seen in my life’ is therefore entirely justified. (ms)


Programme:

21.00hrs—Q&A Johanna ter Steege
21.15hrs—Start SPOORLOOS


Q&A Johanna ter Steege

Before the screening of SPOORLOOS, we will have a chat with actress Johanna van der Steege, who plays the lead in the classic. What was the filming like at the time? And how does she look back on the success of the film?

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George Sluizer, France, Netherlands, Germany, 1988, 107 min. Dutch, English & French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus, Bernadette Le Saché.

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Open Air | Paris Is Burning

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Ground-breaking documentary about the New York drag ball subculture. African American and Latino homosexuals and transgenders united in ‘houses’ in the 1980s and challenged each other on the catwalk and the dance floor.

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In PARIS IS BURNING, Jennie Livingston searches the Lower Manhattan wharves and nightclubs for New York’s best vogue dancer. Released five years after the AIDS-related death of Rock Hudson, the documentary is a response to the US government’s slow reaction to the AIDS epidemic, which contributed to an estimated one million AIDS cases by the end of 1990. The documentary gave a voice to the LGBTQ+ community in New York. Livingston follows well-known vogue dancers, drag queens and trans women, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey and Venus Xtravaganza.

Livingston shows how difficult life is for people who want to escape prevailing social, cultural, and sexual (gender) patterns. Her documentary is about people surviving on the fringes of society; about the freedom to be who you are or aspire to be.

PARIS IS BURNING was released in 1990 and has since achieved the status of a modern classic. The film was included in British film magazine Sight & Sound’s leading list of best films of all time. (mv)

This documentary is screened with English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Programme:

19.30hrs—Registration for workshops (please note: first come, first served)
20.00hrs—Workshop begins (language: English)
21.05hrs—Welcome & short interview
21.10hrs—Vogue showcase
21.15hrs—Start of PARIS IS BURNING


Workshop & showcase: Vogue

Let’s vogue! Voguing is more than just dancing; this cultural phenomenon embodies self-expression, creativity, and the celebration of individuality. Prior to the screening of PARIS IS BURNING, Eindhoven Ballroom (last year's winner of the Cultural Award in Eindhoven) will host a Voguing workshop on the festival grounds. Lenka, Angelo, Sary, and Ida will guide you through the three performance styles: Old Way, New Way, and Vogue Femme. The workshop starts at 20:00, with registration available from 19:30 at the festival grounds (first come, first served).

(language: Dutch)

Prefer to keep your feet on the ground? No problem! Just before the documentary begins, Eindhoven Ballroom will also provide a brief showcase.


Jennie Livingston, USA, UK, 1990, 78 min. English spoken, English subtitles.

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Open Air | The Substance

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The sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was this hyper-stylised body horror film starring Demi Moore as a fitness instructor who goes to extremes in her pursuit of eternal youth, with grotesque consequences.

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THE SUBSTANCE looks at a well-known phenomenon in the entertainment industry. Successful women become less loved as the years go by and have to make way for younger, more attractive women. This is also the fate that befalls Elizabeth Sparkle (Demi Moore), a former film star who has had a fitness show on TV for years. The show’s ratings-obsessed producer thinks it is time to replace Elizabeth with a young, sexy girl. However, Elizabeth is given access to a mysterious serum that allows her to create a younger version of herself. So we are introduced to Sue, who miraculously sprouts from Elizabeth’s body. There is one important condition attached to using the serum: every seven days, Sue must return to her old body for a week. But the question, of course, is whether Sue wants to.

Director Coralie Fargeat lets the story derail in hilariously gruesome and gory fashion. There are nods to the work of filmmakers like Brian de Palma and David Cronenberg, but Fargeat puts a feminist spin on the body horror genre. Fargeat shows how women are defined by their bodies and must conform to a male-dictated ideal image of youthful beauty. Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes. (mv)

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American aspiring writer Jesse and French student Celine meet on a European train and decide to spend a night together in Vienna. First part of the classic Before film series.

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An encounter between two people. That’s really all it is, but Richard Linklater proves that you can make a wonderful romantic film out of such a basic idea. In BEFORE SUNRISE, Jesse and Celine meet for the first time. He is an American tourist on his way to Vienna for his return flight. She happens to be on the same train. They click and spend a night walking together through Vienna, strolling from one tourist attraction to another. Along the way, they talk about their dreams, love, worries and hopes for the future. By dawn, they say goodbye to each other, madly in love, but without exchanging addresses. (mv)

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Open Air | O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Grotesque musical comedy from the Coen brothers about three escaped prisoners who embark on an odyssey through the southern United States of the thirties.

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In true Coens fashion, this ferocious comedy, filmed on widescreen, is full of colorful characters. There's Ulysses Everett McGill for example, played by George Clooney. He's the extremely vain yet intelligent leader among the three fugitives. While the three of them try to recover the hidden loot from a bank robbery, they are being pursued by a ruthless policeman. Along the way, every encounter is a delightful nod to Homer's classic work: from the blind prophet to the purification of sin, and from the Cyclops to the seduction of the Sirens. But all of this dipped in a tasty Coens sauce.

A core element of this disarming, summery movie is the soundtrack, full of bluegrass, gospel and country. Renowned songwriter T-Bone Burnett helped put together the songs - a combination of vintage country blues with originals in the same style - while Carter Burwell composed the background music. The three travelers themselves also recorded a single at a music studio they happened to pass by, the brilliant song I AM A MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW. The song went on to become a hit and so did this modern Coens’ classic.

Joel & Ethan Coen, USA, 2000, 107 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter.

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Open Air | Singin' In The Rain

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The quintessential Hollywood musical classic. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor dazzle in this captivating tale about the transition from silent films to talkies.

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Hollywood, the 1920s. Film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the undisputed box office magnets of the silent film era, despite not being able to stand each other. With the advent of the ‘talkies’ – sound films – a new problem emerges: Lina’s voice is far from pleasant. Pianist Cosmo, a close friend, suggests a clever solution: have the sweet-voiced Kathy dub Lina’s lines. What initially seems like the perfect arrangement soon changes as Kathy’s star begins to rise, leading the jealous Lina to spiral out of control.

Film critic Roger Ebert summed it up perfectly: “There is no movie musical more fun than SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.” With Gene Kelly at his peak, a young Debbie Reynolds, and a series of unforgettable song and dance numbers, this film encapsulates the magic of Hollywood’s golden age. Even seventy years after its premiere, the film remains as refreshing as a summer shower – though we hope for clear skies during the open-air screening.

Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, USA, 1952, 103 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen.

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Open Air | Buffet

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Watching a movie on an empty stomach? No way! In addition to our extensive selection of food trucks, this year you can also choose to enjoy a delicious Italian buffet before an Open Air screening.

This year, you can not only enjoy a movie under the stars but also a delicious Italian buffet. What can you expect?

Practical information
We serve the buffet on the festival grounds. You can join from 7 PM onwards. The cost is €27.50 per person.

What's on the menu
You will have a choice of several Italian and international starters and main courses. Think carpaccio, generous salads, and pasta dishes like ravioli. Check out the menu here. Drinks are not included.

Allergies?
Please contact us via events@lumiere.nl.

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