ABBA members to attend Deauville opening
'Mamma Mia!' will launch the festival's 34th editionPARIS -- Former ABBA members turned executive producers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will join "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Lloyd on Friday for the opening night of the 34th annual Deauville Festival of American Cinema.
The hit musical's French premiere also will be attended by writer Catherine Johnson and producer Judy Craymer, but none of the film's cast will be in the Normandy coastal resort.
Star power at the festival, which runs through Sept. 14, will instead come from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, due in town with director Neil LaBute for "Lakeview Terrace"; Kevin Spacey, accompanying Jay Roach's HBO election drama "Recount"; and Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, with "Appaloosa."
Harris will receive one of several tributes during the festival, and Deauville will honor Spike Lee, in town for the French premiere of "Miracle at St. Anna." The festival also will honor Parker Posey and director Charles Burnett.
Other filmmaking talent due in Deauville includes James Toback, Errol Morris, Alan Ball, Bill Plympton and Lance Hammer. And Oscar winner Juliette Binoche is expected to drop in to talk up the romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life," directed by Peter Hedges.
French actress Carole Bouquet will head an international jury that will select a winner from the 11-strong competition lineup of independent American films.