Robin Williams to Be Honored by France's Deauville Film Festival

Robin Williams Happy Feet 2 - H 2014
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Robin Williams Happy Feet 2 - H 2014

Jessica Chastain, Will Ferrell and James Cameron are also set to be recognized at the event

France's Deauville American Film Festival will pay homage to Robin Williams, organizers said in a tweet.

The festival called Williams' visits in 1988 and 1999 "unforgettable" and said it has "lost an old friend" with the actor's suicide. Its Twitter feed also shared photos of the late actor.

Further details of the Williams tribute are expected to be revealed on Aug. 20 at the official press conference unveiling the full festival lineup and program.

Two career tributes have already been announced. One is for Will Ferrell, the other for Jessica Chastain.

The actors will join director James Cameron, who will get a special honor in the seaside town. He will receive the festival's 40th Anniversary Award and present his latest film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, on Sept. 13.

The Deauville festival is scheduled to run Sept. 5-14. The event in Normandy, which first took place in 1975, is devoted to American cinema.

Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival paid tribute to Williams on its Facebook page and Twitter accounts, calling him one of the great protagonists of its festival. Williams had brought some of his most beloved characters to the Lido, in movies including Good Morning, Vietnam in 1988, Dead Poets Society in 1989, The Fisher King, which won the Silver Lion in 1991, and Deconstructing Harry in 1997.

Ariston Anderson contributed to this report.