Deauville Film Fest adds star wattage

Annette Bening, Terry Gilliam, Gregg Araki to be honored

PARIS -- Annette Bening, Terry Gilliam and Gregg Araki will add star and stripe power to the 36th annual Deauville American Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

Bening, Gilliam and Araki will be in the spotlight when the seaside fest pays homage to their respective careers complete with screenings of their older and more recent films. Araki's latest feature "Kaboom" will screen as part of "Generation Araki: A look at the filmmaker's work" and Lisa Cholodenko's recent U.S. summer release "The Kids are All Right" starring Bening alongside Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo will host its French premiere.

This year's festival won't be lacking for other star power – on screen at least.

High-profile premieres will include Richard Levine's "Every Day" starring Live Schreiber, Helen Hunt and Eddie Izzard; Aaron Schneider's "Get Low" with Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray; Don Roos' "Love and other Possible Pursuits" with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow; John Wells' "The Company Men" starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello and Kevin Costner, plus John Madden's "The Debt" with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington.

Other titles screening in the out of competition premieres category include Floria Sigismondi's "The Runaways" with Kristin Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie; Joel Schumacher's "Twelve" with Chace Crawford, 50 Cent and Kiefer Sutherland; Woody Allen's Festival de Cannes title "You will meet a Tall Dark Stranger"; Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop"; Eric Mendelsohn's "3 Backyards" with Edie Falco, and Universal's 3D animated film "Despicable Me."

The seven-film documentary section Uncle Sam's Docs will include Josh Fox's "Gasland," Lucy Walker's "Countdown to Zero, Elijah Drenner's "American Grindhouse" plus Entourage star Adrian Grenier's "Teenage Paparazzo."

Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates will head to town to accept the Deauville Literary Prize for best book of the year and the Michel d'Ornano award for best French first film will go to Alix Delaporte's "Angele et Tony."

The Villa Cartier will once again open its doors for chic soirees and Deauville will modernize this year with a new Faecbook page dedicated to the festival.

The Deauville American Film Festival runs Sept. 3-12 in Normandy.
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