Grand Lyon Film Festival Attracts Stars

Stephen Frears, Charlotte Rampling, Benicio del Toro, Jerry Schatzberg and the Dardenne to attend the week-long ode to cinema.

PARIS - While its opening night film The Artist may be silent, this year’s Grand Lyon Film Festival will be making a lot of noise in the East-central French city with Stephen Frears, Charlotte Rampling, Benicio del Toro, Jerry Schatzberg and the Dardenne brothers among the talents expected to attend the week-long ode to cinema that kicks off on Monday.

The festival, now in its third year, is directed by Festival de Cannes’ Thierry Fremaux and presided by prolific filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

Lyon’s Institute Lumiere will host close to 190 film screenings and honor talents including this year’s Lumiere Prize winner Gerard Depardieu. Gallic actress Fanny Ardant will give the actor his prize at the fest’s closing ceremonies.

The fest opens on Monday night with Michel Hazanavicius’ Cannes hit The Artist before the film hits French theaters on Oct. 12.

VIDEO: Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Artist'

Benicio del Toro will head to Lyon to present Japanese director Kaneto Shindo’s The Naked Island, while Frears will head to town to talk about Jacques Becker’s Casque d’Or.

For a look at actress Rampling, festogers can check out documentary The Look. Schatzberg will show his 1970 title Puzzle of a Downfall Child and Festival de Cannes vets Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will host a screening of Maurice Pialat’s 1980 film Loulou. Fatih Akin will cross French borders to present Turkish title from 1966 The Law of the Border. Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Clovis Cornillac, Dominique Blanc, Laurent Gerra, Hippolyte Girardot, and Jean-Paul Rappeneau will also be making an appearance at the increasingly star-studded event. The Grand Lyon Film Festival will run from Oct. 3 – 9.