Deauville to Honor Brian Grazer, Premiere Nicole Kidman's 'Before I Go to Sleep'

"Before I Go to Sleep"

Shailene Woodley's "White Bird in a Blizzard" and Reese Witherspoon's "The Good Lie" to compete for top prize

Producer Brian Grazer will join Jessica Chastain, Will Ferrell and Ray Liotta in Deauville, while Shailene Woodley’s White Bird in a Blizzard and Reese Witherspoon’s The Good Lie will compete for the top prize at the film festival that kicks off Sept. 5, according to the full competition lineup organizers announced Wednesday.

The festival, which puts the spotlight on American film every year, will also host the French premieres of the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth mystery Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the European premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s television series The Strain.

Oscar winner Grazer will be honored with a career tribute and give a talk during the festival, with A Beautiful Mind and The Changeling among the films to be screened during the weeklong festival dedicated to American cinema.

"The history of art would not exist if there were no sponsors to support visionary artists in their truth,” said festival director Bruno Barde, noting that Grazer follows legendary producers like Joel Silver and Harvey Weinstein in receiving the tribute. “This year we honor a giant of American cinema. His curiosity has led him to reinvent himself for nearly 40 years, and reinvent the industry that surrounds him — from films to TV series, documentaries to digital works.”

Director John McTiernan will also receive a career tribute and give a master class on Sept. 7.

Oscar winner James Cameron will receive the festival’s newly created 40th Anniversary Award, though his attendance has not been confirmed amid conflicting reports. Cameron was originally confirmed to attend but is busy working on the Avatar sequels and is expected to finalize his plans for the festival next week.

The festival will pay homage to both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall with nights of tributes and special screenings of the late stars’ classic films. The festival revealed the tribute to Williams in a tweet last week, and has since added that Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting will be shown, along with Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Bacall classics have also been added to the schedule, with To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo among several of her films that will be screened. She will also be honored in a tribute ceremony.

Late actor Yul Brynner has been named the Deauville Legend and will be honored for his contributions to film with a career retrospective.

Incoming Cannes president Pierre Lescure will join the Costa-Gavras-led jury, along with actors Emmanuelle Beart and Vincent Lindon, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Andre Techine and Claude Lelouch and dancer Marie-Claude Pietragalla.

Fourteen films are in competition against White Bird in a Blizzard and The Good Lie, including Mike Cahill’s I Origins, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, Sundance favorite Cold in July with Michael C. Hall and Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei, among others.

The Cartier Revelation jury will be headed up by director Audrey Dana. Bates Motel actor Freddie Highmore and The Tunnel actress Clemence Poesy will join Dana in judging first films from the competition selections, along with author Anne Berest, actress Lola Besis and singer Christine and the Queens. Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s vampire thriller A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Damiene Chazelle’s Whiplash are among the films eligible for the Cartier prize.

In official selection but out of competition are Kristen Stewart starrer Camp X-Ray, Jon Favreau’s Chef and the James Brown biopic Get On Up.

Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam and Roger Ebert biography Life Itself appear in the documentary section.

The Michel D’Ornano prize for best first French film will go to Jeanne Herry’s bittersweet obsession comedy Elle l’Adore, which will be handed out along with the main prizes during the closing ceremony Sept. 13.

Here’s a full list of the films.


A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour

I Origins, Mike Cahill

It Follows, David Robert Mitchell

Jamie Marks Is Dead, Carter Smith

Cold in July, Jim Mickle

Love Is Strange, Ira Sachs

The Better Angels, A.J. Edwards

The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau

Things People Do, Saar Klein

A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijin

Uncertain Terms, Nathan Silver

War Story, Mark Jackson

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

White Bird in a Blizzard, Gregg Araki



Camp X-Ray, Peter Sattler

Chef, Jon Favreau

Deepsea Challenge 3D, James Cameron

Get On Up, Tate Taylor

Infinitely Polar Bear, Maya Forbes

Land Ho!, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz

Anchorman 2, Adam McKay

The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lasse Hallstrom

Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Ned Benson



Last Days in Vietnam, Rory Kennedy

Life Itself, Steve James

National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman

Red Army, Gabe Polsky

The Go-Go Boys, Hilla Medalia


Disclosure: The author of this article served on the jury for the Michel D'Ornano prize.