Deauville lines up heavweight tributes
EmptyPARIS -- The 33rd annual Deauville Festival of American Cinema will pay tribute to Michael Douglas, Sigourney Weaver and Sidney Lumet, whose latest movie, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," will have its world premiere at the event, organizers said Monday.
The festival's only other world premiere will be Ben Affleck's "Gone, Baby, Gone," the tale of two private dicks on the trail of a missing 4-year-old starring Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.
A selection of Douglas' films will be aired as part of his tribute, including his latest picture "King of California."
More than 120 movies will unspool during the 10-day festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 9 in the Normandy beach resort.
About half of these will make up a new section titled "American Nights," which will see 240 hours of movies screened around the clock in a 100-seater theater for the duration of the festival. Genres covered will include Westerns, film noir, horror and comedy.
Among new Hollywood fare showcased at Deauville will be Matt Damon starrer "The Bourne Ultimatum" and Western drama "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which stars Brad Pitt, both movies that will transfer in from Venice. Paul Haggis' Iraq-themed "In the Valley of Elah" -- starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and James Franco -- also is making its way to Normandy after a Venice bow, as is the George Clooney starrer "Michael Clayton."
Other French premieres at Deauville include director Frank Oz's comedy drama "Death at a Funeral"; Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim"; the Stephen King adaptation "1408," starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson; Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up"; Farrelly brothers comedy "The Heartbreak Kid"; and "Shoot 'Em Up," which stars Clive Owen as a man protecting a newborn from an army of gunmen.
The 11-strong competition lineup comprises: "Broken English," directed by Zoe Cassavettes; "Factory Girl" by George Hickenlooper; "For Your Consideration" by Christopher Guest; "Grace Is Gone" by John C. Strouse; "Ira and Abby" by Robert Cary; "Live!" by Bill Guttentag; "Never Forever" by Gina Kim; "Rocket Science" by Jeffrey Blitz; "Teeth" by Mitchell Lichtenstein; "The Dead Girl" by Karen Moncrieff; and "Waitress" by Adrienne Shelly. The jury is headed by French helmer Andre Techine.
Deauville also will pay homage to Ida Lupino, one of the first actresses to direct movies, as part of the festival's new focus on the repertoire of classic American cinema. Five of her movies will be screened.