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The Deauville American Film Festival this year will screen 10 titles from the official Cannes 2020 selection in a separate sidebar, giving the titles, which would have premiered on the Croisette before Cannes canceled due to coronavirus, a proper theatrical screening.
Francis Lee’s romantic period drama Ammonite, the director’s follow-up to his cross-over hit God’s Own Country; Yeon Sang-ho’s Peninsula, an action-packed sequel to his zombie success Train to Busan; Jonathan Nossiter’s end-of-world drama Last Words, starring Charlotte Rampling, Nick Nolte, and Stellan Skarsgard; and DNA, directed by and starring French filmmaker Maïwenn (Polisse) are among the Cannes 2020 titles that will screen at the other French festival by the sea.
“A town, beaches, views? No, it’s not Cannes, it’s Deauville. The host of one of France’s oldest film festivals will exceptionally take on the guise of la Croisette in this most unique year for cinema,” Cannes festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux said. “We are immensely pleased by the hospitality extended to us to screen films from the Official Selection on the Deauville boardwalk.”
Deauville will present the Cannes 2020 sidebar — which also includes French-language titles Home Front from director Lucas Belvaux, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s A Good Man, Bruno Podalydès’s French Tech, Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil, Slalom by Charlène Favier and Teddy from directors Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma — alongside its regular selection of U.S. films.
The festival’s all-American competition lineup this year includes Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, Kajillionaire from Miranda July, and Alan Ball-directed Uncle Frank. Last Words is the single cross-over title picked for both sections.
Frémaux’s selection includes 56 films which, in a non-COVID-19 world, would have premiered in Cannes’ various sections. Instead, the movies will travel to other international festivals where they will screen under the Cannes 2020 label.
The Deauville American Film Festival runs Sept. 4-Sept. 13.
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