Deauville American Film Festival

The 45th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival
welcomes Kristen Stewart, Sienna Miller, Sophie Turner, Catherine Deneuve,
Gaspard Ulliel and Olivier Assayas. Overview…

By Jacques Braunstein

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Deauville American Film Festival is hosting a prestigious jury this year, with no less than Catherine Deneuve as president. Alongside Gaspard Ulliel, Valeria Golino, Orelsan or Nicolas Saada among others…However, the selection is less flamboyant than former editions. Where are James Gray’s Ad Astra, Todd Phillips’ Joker, Steven Soderberg’s The Laundromat or Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, when they where shown in Venise and Toronto approximatively at the same time ?

The star of the show will undoubtedly be Kristen Stewart, there to present Benedict Andrews’ Seberg. A movie depicting the life of the A bout de souffle star during the political mess of the 60s. Let’s not forget Geena Davis ( Thelma and Louise, Glow…) who will be there as producer of This changes everything, a documentary directed by Tom Donahue, denouncing gender disparities in Hollywood. Ironically, the British are here to conquer ! With Pierce Brosnan — a prime example that there is a life after James Bond (from Mamma Mia! to Polanski’s Ghost Writer)—, Sienna Miller – here presenting Jake Scott’s American Woman, or Sophie Turner ( Game of Thrones, X Men : Dark Phoenix…) as the lead in Jouri Smith’s Heavy

Regarding premieres, we will find our consolation with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, and Olivier Assayas’ first American movie, Cuban Network, a spy thriller taking place in the 90s and starring Salma Hayek. Or JT Leroy, directed by Justin Kelly, which goes back on a literary mystifications during the 2000s with a high end cast : Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Courtney Love and also Kristen Stewart in the lead role of a transgender person…

The competition will also allow us to discover some independent movies, such as Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, Greener Grass, directed by Joseline Deboer and Dawn Luebbe, Carlo Mirrabella-Davis’ Swallow, or Knive and Skin directed by Jennifer Reeder. As to retrospectives, let’s highlight the presence of Hal Hartley (The Incredible Truth, Trust me, Simple Man…), star director of the New york independent and minimalist scene during the 90s, but slightly forgotten since. And, finally, a screening of the entirety of Game of Thrones that will occupy the Morny theater all week.

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