James Franco to Receive Deauville Honor

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The multi-hyphenate will bring 'In Dubious Battle' just days after its premiere in Venice.

James Franco will be honored with a career tribute at the Deauville festival, where his second directorial effort, In Dubious Battle, will be screened.

His John Steinbeck adaptation will premiere just days before in Venice on Aug. 31. Franco joins Michael Moore in being honored by the French festival with a career tribute and a screening.

“Although James Franco achieved world fame as an actor by playing Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, he has never stopped exploring new horizons. More than an actor or a director, James Franco is now an accomplished and a complete artist,” said festival organizers in a statement.

Brad Furman's The Infiltrator, starring Diane Kruger and Bryan Cranston, will open the festival with Todd Phillips' War Dogs, starring Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill, the closing film, with cast and crew expected to attend.

As previously announced, the president of the Deauville jury will be former minister of culture Frederic Mitterrand, who also is a TV and film producer and director. The festival's lineup is expected to be announced Aug. 23. 

The Deauville Film Festival runs from Sept. 2-11.

 

 

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