The quality we aim for at Lumière isn’t solely restricted for the films we show. In our opinion the lobby of a film theatre should be something more than just a place to repose after watching a film. The atmosphere of our new venue is guaranteed to inspire food for thought and conversation, whether you are enjoying an outside seat on the terrace right next to the water, or you are lounging comfortably inside surrounded by the beautifully refurbished industrial interior. The new Lumière should prove to be the ideal surrounding for multiple things like having a cordial chat, meeting with likeminded souls, or, if that’s your cup of tea, curling up with a good book.
Lumière is located right in the vibrant heart of the new cultural district of Maastricht, at a venue that can act as a start off point for all kinds of leisurely adventures.
Carla Gerardu, 60, loyal Lumière customer
Film omnivore with a penchant for French cinema a la François Ozon
Carla Gerardu is often seen at the Lumière. For the past fifteen years, she visits at least two or three times a week. She knows the staff and vice versa. Her grandchild is now under the influence of the Lumière bug. Seeing Pim and Pom on the big screen must be unforgettable for a three-year-old toddler.
Carla is a film omnivore, and her favourite genre is French cinema, specifically the films of François Ozon. Where life’s sweetness is tinged with a sharp edge. Where melancholy and bad tidings are as much part of the film as whistling is to Louis de Funès. As for actors, Catherine Deneuve is Carla’s icon.
The Lumière is a very large living room for Carla. The significant difference being that she never watches films at home. “I record stuff but never watch it. However, I’ll go through wind and rain for a film at Lumière. Seeing films with friends and chatting about them over a drink, that’s a completely different experience.”
She finds the new location exciting. “I hope that everything that is good about the current Lumière – the atmosphere, the vibe – remains. Their programme is good, so that doesn’t need changing, but it would be nice to have the film festival back.”