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Made in Luxembourg: Ready. Set. Design.

Made in Luxembourg: Ready. Set. Design.

by Yasemin ELÇI ERGUN 05.03.2021
Yasemin Elçi learns about the history of Luxembourg film decor at an exhibition showcasing the last four decades of cinematic backdrops
The exhibition takes part in the Cerle Cité
The exhibition takes part in the Cerle Cité
Photo credit: Romain Girtgen

“Ready. Set. Design. Le décor de cinéma au Luxembourg” is an exhibition that captures 40 years of film decor in Luxembourg.

Curators Paul Lesch, Yves Steichen and Chiara Lentz from the National Audiovisual Centre in Dudelange have transformed the exhibition space of the Cercle Cité into a universe of cinematography, giving the audience a taste of what it is like to create a film. 

Although cinema in Luxembourg dates back to the late 19th century, the trio focus on the history of film decor from the 1980s onward.

The exhibition begins on the recreated film set of "Secret Passage" by Bosnian director Ademir Kenovic, which originally stood on the Terres Rouges disused industrial site in Esch-sur-Alzette. Later, the venue was transformed into a Venice mock-up by raising the water levels and building bridges for the “Merchant of Venice” film (2004). Soon after, by tweaking a few architectural details, the set became the Dutch city of Delft for the filming of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003) by Peter Webber starring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth and Cillian Murphy.

In the second part of the exhibition, organised as part of the Luxembourg City Film Festival 2021, visitors see step-by-step how a film is produced.  Interviews with local directors, producers, art directors and set photographers - to name just a few - allow visitors a more in depth insight into the work of the people on set.

A map with filming locations also displays the different areas in Luxembourg movies were created, showing how landscapes were reappropriated to fit the needs of different films to appear as Tel Aviv, New York or Paris.  

The final part of the show finishes by investigating how Luxembourgish directors shoot films in their own country, and whether they use clichés or not. 

Running until April 11, “Le décor de cinéma au Luxembourg” thoroughly covers the history of decors and sets made in the country in the last four decades, while offering a profound experience of cinematic illusion. 

Visitors inevitably immerse themselves in the rich and diverse material ranging from sketches to film posters, maps to mood books, illustrating each painstaking step of a film production.


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