Lumière Open Air Film Festival

Watch films under the stars from August 17th - 28th during the the third edition of the Lumière Open Air Film Festival. Choose from current films and enduring classics, cult films, documentaries, and more!

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Tickets
Buy your tickets for the screenings online or at our box office.

Location
Richie Backfireplein (the square behind Lumière)

Start event
You reach the event area via the stairs outside next to the main entrance of Lumière. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the film. This way you have more than enough time to find a nice spot and get yourselves a drink.

Bar
Grab a drink and a snack at our outside bar before or during the film screening. We offer soft drinks, beer, wine, and an assortment of snacks (popcorn, nachos & hotdogs).

Beach chairs
We'll take care of the chair, so no need to bring your own!

Bad weather?
With some light rain, the screening will take place as scheduled (bring a raincoat or umbrella). In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, unfortunately, we have to cancel the screening. You'll be notified via mail and your tickets will be refunded.

Programme

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Open Air | Thelma & Louise (sold out)

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Classic, funny, and heart-breaking road movie about two friends who murder a rapist during a weekend trip. The police and FBI are soon after them.

Feminist themes are central in THELMA & LOUISE. Geena Davis plays Thelma, a frustrated housewife from Arkansas. Together with her older friend, the waitress Louise – played by Susan Sarandon – she plans a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Both are stuck in loveless relationships. In a bright red Thunderbird, they hit the American highways in search of a diversion. During a stopover at a roadside bar, things go wrong: a pushy guy tries to rape Thelma in the car park; Louise shoots the man. The women flee, soon pursued by police and FBI. On the run, Thelma and Louise must make a crucial choice: do they surrender or throw off the shackles of their old lives?

For director Ridley Scott, THELMA & LOUISE (1991) was his first major commercial success since ALIEN (1979). The screenplay by Callie Khouri won an Oscar. Brad Pitt had his Hollywood breakthrough thanks to his supporting role in the film.

Ridley Scott, USA, 1991, 130 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald.

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Open Air | Les Demoiselles de Rochefort - English subtitled

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If you want to know where Damien Chazelle got his inspiration for La Land you should not miss out on this swinging, romantic and colourful musical masterpiece by Jacques Demy.

Sisters Delphine and Solange (Catherine Deneuve and her real-life sister Françoise Dorleac) grow up in Rochefort, a sleepy town on the west coast of France. They dream of love and a career in the art world, and eagerly await the moment when they can exchange their life in Rochefort for life in the big city. While preparing for a new life in Paris, the sisters do not realise that their dreams are about to come true in their hometown. For a travelling carnival has descended on the town, with an American musician, played by Gene Kelly, in its ranks.

Jacques Demy followed up the Golden Palm winner LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (1964) with LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT. Once again a musical, the director’s favourite genre, with another leading role for Catherine Deneuve, pastel-coloured costumes and a score by Michel Legrand. The film is a swinging ode to Hollywood musicals; those who know the classics will recognise nods to, among others, WEST SIDE STORY, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. In its turn, LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT became a source of inspiration for contemporary filmmakers, with LA LA LAND as the clearest example. Besides being an ode to love and life, the film is also an intimate coming-of-age story and a complex portrait of France in an era of societal change.

Jacques Demy, France, 1967, 120 min. French & English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Gene Kelly.

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Open Air | La Pazza Gioia

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The story of the moving friendship that develops between two women as they flee a mental institution in search of happiness in the open-air nuthouse – the world of sane people.


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

Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. LA PAZZA GIOIA tells the story of their friendship and their escape from the treatment constraints that will become a hilarious adventure of two technically insane creatures, looking for a bit of fun and love among sane people.

Paolo Virzi, France, Italy, 2022, 118 min. Italian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Micaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valentina Carnelutti, Marco Messeri, Bob Messini.

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Open Air | Coupez! - English subtiteld

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Hilarious zombie comedy from Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) in which the crew of a low-budget horror film get into a fight with real zombies.

In an abandoned building, a low-budget zombie horror film is falling apart on set. The abusive director is already pushing the cast and crew to the brink with his obnoxious behaviour when he reveals his plan to inject energy and excitement into the project: unlocking a real-life ancient zombie curse. In a frenetic one-shot where body parts and fluids are flying, the actors fight the undead and their director for their lives before the film comes to a shocking conclusion and the credits roll… but is that the whole story?

The Cannes film festival opened this year with this remake of the 2017 Japanese cult film ONE CUT OF THE DEAD. After THE ARTIST, Hazanavicius once again pays tribute to film making with this wacky metafictional zombie film.

Michel Hazanavicius, France, UK, Japan, 2022, 110 min. French spoken, English subtitles. With Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz.

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Open Air | The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

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Funny and intensely lovable road movie about two drag queens and a transgender woman from Sydney who travel in a big bus to Alice Springs for a performance.

Fed up with life in the big city, Mitzi, Felicia, and Bernadette decide to accept an invitation to perform in Alice Springs, in the middle of the desert. An old, bright pink bus is named Priscilla and packed with costumes, glitter, make-up, wigs, alcohol, inflatable breasts, and other attributes. The flamboyant quarrelling trio get on their way to the Australian outback, a long journey full of comic, bizarre and dangerous adventures. Along the way, they pass through various ultra-conservative, isolated village communities, where they are sometimes met with amused surprise, but more often with suspicion and violence.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT was an enormous success at the old Lumière Cinema in the Bogaardenstraat. It is a film that seems almost made for an open-air screening. Brightly coloured drag queens in exuberant costumes against the overwhelming red backdrop of the Australian desert, accompanied by a disco soundtrack featuring Abba, The Village People and Gloria Gaynor: who wouldn't want to see this on a warm summer night, under the starry skies of Maastricht?

Stephan Elliott, Australia, UK, 1994, 104 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell, John Casey.

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Open Air | Promising Young Woman

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Stylish thriller starring Carey Mulligan as a young woman who deals with misconduct by both good and evil men. Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Suspiciously unambitious Cassie leads a quiet existence as a barista who lives in her parents’ house since dropping out of medical school. She and her friendly boss, Gail, gab away days at the cafe. The way she spends her evenings, however, reveals a boiling vendetta. Men who cross her path are in serious danger, as beautiful and brutal Cassie seeks to heal from past trauma by doling out scathing lessons. When Ryan, a former classmate, re-enters her life, so does the possibility of healing – until new details about the death of her best friend infuriate Cassie and inspire her most potent confrontation yet.

KILLING EVE’s Emerald Fennell brings her signature bite, wit, and re-imagined femme fatales to her debut feature. Fennell paints a perversely heroic portrait and a eulogy to the loss of potential that occurs when male cruelty claims yet another promising young woman. (source: www.sundance.org)

Emerald Fennell, UK, USA, 2020, 108 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Ray Nicholson.

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Open Air | Trainspotting

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Cult classic by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) about the tragicomic misadventures of a group of junkies from Edinburgh.

The life of unemployed Mark Renton and his friends Spud, Sick Boy and Regbie – a group of liars, thieves, junkies, and losers – consists mainly of drinking beer, going out, drugs and playing football. Their life motto: ‘It’s all shite anyway’. After a few dramatic events, Renton wants to change his life.

Based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, TRAINSPOTTING melds grit with poetry, resulting in a film of harsh truths and stunning grace. The film was a sensation in 1996. Whereas British films often depict life at the bottom of society in a bleak, realistic style – see the films of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh – Boyle chose a dynamic and explosive form, with a touch of surrealism. Apart from the film, the soundtrack – Underworld's beats marching hand in hand with Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Britpop by Blur and Pulp – also became a classic.

Danny Boyle, UK, 2022, 94 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle.

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Open Air | Fire of Love (Cineville Zomertour)

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Documentary about the explosive love story of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice, who loved each other as much as they loved the breath-taking volcanoes they studied.

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

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things – each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple were seduced by the thrill and danger of this elemental love triangle. They roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and their aftermath, documenting their discoveries in stunning photographs and breath-taking film to share with an increasingly curious public in media appearances and lecture tours. Ultimately, Katia and Maurice would lose their lives during a 1991 volcanic explosion on Japan’s Mount Unzen.

This National Geographic documentary, a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, shows the legacy of this courageous couple. More than twenty-five years of Katia and Maurice's archival footage is woven into a truly spectacular and instructive film. The incomparable images speak of their love for each other and for volcanoes, but above all of the fragile relationship between man and our planet. More than topical these days.

Sara Dosa, Canada, USA, 2022, 93 min. French & English spoken, Dutch subtitles.

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Open Air | Oldboy - English subtitled

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Virtuosic and ultra-violent revenge thriller by Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes by the jury led by Quentin Tarantino.

Spike Lee remade this cult classic in 2013, but his film fell short of the South Korean original. OLDBOY is made up of equal parts Kafka (the storyline), Lynch (the surreal atmosphere; the dark sexual undercurrent), Hitchcock (the suspense), Tarantino (the excessive violence and black humour) and El Greco (the light). One day in 1988, Oh Dae-su is kidnapped. He wakes up in a kind of improvised private prison. His isolation lasts for fifteen years, fifteen long years during which he wonders who could be behind his abduction. Via the TV in his cell, he learns that his wife has been brutally murdered. Dae-su vows to take revenge. When he is released, he goes in search of his kidnapper, armed with his fists and a claw hammer. Advance warning: a strong stomach is recommended for some scenes, such as the one in which an octopus is eaten alive. (mv)

Park Chan-wook, South Korea, 2003, 115 min. Korean spoken, English subtitles. With Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang, Dae-Han Ji.

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Open Air | Ninjababy - English subtitled

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Funny and unpolished Norwegian drama about cartoonist Rakel who discovers she is six months pregnant. Becoming a mother was not really on Rakel’s wish list though.

Twenty-three-year-old Rakel leads a careless life of parties, alcohol, and drugs. When she finds out - way too late - she’s six months pregnant after a not-so-romantic one-night stand, her world changes. Her boyfriend, who’s not the father, is kind of ok with her having a baby. But Rakel is absolutely not ready for being a mother. Since abortion is no longer an option, adoption is the only answer. That’s when Ninjababy, an animated character who insists on making Rakel’s everyday life a living hell, turns up. He climbs out from her notebook, jumps into her teacup, and tells her what a bad person she is.

Although the film is full of humour, combined with the cartoon-like drawings, it is certainly not without depth. Especially the tough ending does not leave the viewer untouched. A film about stumbling and falling, but also about getting up.

Yngvild Sve Flikke, Norway, 2021, 103 min. Norwegian spoken, English subtitles. With Kristine Kujath Thorp, Tora Christine Dietrichson, Silya Nymoen, Nader Khademi, Arthur Berning.

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Open Air | Mad Max: Fury Road

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There have been many post-apocalyptic sci-fi films, but only one can be the best, and that is this utterly insane, high-octane, action-packed spectacle by George Miller.

Almost thirty years after MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985), George Miller returned to the universe of Max. Mel Gibson was replaced by Tom Hardy and the shooting location changed from the Australian to the Namibian desert. Miller borrowed the plot from Buster Keaton’s classic THE GENERAL (1926): first we drive one way, then the other. Mad Max, together with his pugnacious companion, the one-armed Imperator Furiosa, tries to stay out of the hands of an army of barbaric albino skinheads who are after a group of women dressed in white robes and a tank full of mother’s milk.

Before the premiere, there was some scepticism about a new instalment in the MAD MAX-series, but at the world premiere in Cannes, it turned out that Miller had returned from the Namibian desert with a masterpiece: an utterly out-of-control, adrenaline-fuelled and relentless action spectacle. And it turns out to be an action film with a feminist message: if the actions of men have ruined the world, the actions of women can restore it. (mv)

George Miller, Australia, USA, 2015, 120 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Hugh Keays-Byrne.

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