Deauville: Director Larry Clark Honored With Career Tribute

Marfa Girl - film still

The 70-year-old just wrapped his latest film in Paris before coming to the Normandy coast.

DEAUVILLE – Director Larry Clark kept the audience laughing with stories peppered with a few words that would have to be bleeped out on television as he accepted a career achievement honor at the annual American Film Festival here.

The 70-year-old director accepted the award from French fashion designer Agnes B.

Clark, who just wrapped his latest film The Smell of Us starring Michael Pitt in Paris, said filming in France has been a dream since his first film, Kids, was screened in competition at Cannes in 1994. “I mentioned this to some well-known French people in cinema, and it was unanimous,” he told the crowd. “They said, ‘No.  No. You’re not French. You cannot do this. It’s impossible. Please do not.”

“So 19 years later I’ve made my film, in France, with a French crew, French actors, French language. I’m the only gringo in the crowd, so don’t fuck with me.”

His latest film, 2012's Marfa Girl, was envisioned specifically for digital distribution and released by Clark directly on the internet but is receiving a big-screen showing at the festival here. “It’s my best film – until this next film is finished,” he said.

Earlier in the evening, French pop duo Justice revealed their “Carte Blanche” programming as the movies that have shaped their childhoods during the 1980s and '90s, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The late Danny Kaye was honored as a Deauville Legend for his long career in cinema as well as his humanitarian work with Unicef. Daughter Dena Kaye was on hand to reminisce about the Oscar-winner’s life.