Debut features dominate Deauville Film Fest


PARIS -- This year's Deauville American Film Festival will be a fete of first films with seven of 11 titles in the Competition debut features, organizers said Thursday.

The Sundance fest will shine down on Deauville this year as Diego Luna's "Abel," Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," Kevin Asch's "Holy Rollers," Ryan Piers Williams' "The Dry Land," Jay and Mark Duplass' "Cyrus," Jack Scott's "Welcome to the Rileys" and that festival's big winner Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" host their French premieres in the Gallic seaside town after runs in Park City.

David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover" will also follow screenings at SXSW and the Festival de Cannes Critics Week sidebar with a Deauville slot.

Cannes Director's Fortnight title Alistair Banks Griffin's "Two Gates of Sleep" will also reopen its eyes to screen in Competition in Deauville. Derrick Borte's "The Joneses" starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny plus Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" with Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits will add A-list weight to the lineup.

Joining Emmanuelle Beart for her Competition jury are French actress Jeanne Balibar, director-screenwriter-actor Lucas Belvaux, director and screenwriter Faouzi Bensaidi, director-writer-actress Christine Citti, director and screenwriter Fabrice du Welz, director and screenwriter Tony Gatlif, director, screenwriter Abderrahmane Sissako and actor Denis Lavant.

Cartier's Revelation Jury will be presided by director-screenwriter Manuel Pradal with actor Jonathan Lambert, director and screenwriter Emma Luchini, actress Roxane Mesquida, writer and actor Sebastien Thiery rounding out the judging team.

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