Techine on Deauville jury duty


French director and screenwriter Andre Techine will lead the jury of the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival, due to roll in Normandy Aug. 31-Sept. 9.

"I begin every film like one begins a voyage. I don't know what landscape I will discover. That's what's so exciting when one works and one discovers the work of others, as is the case for this trip to Deauville," Techine said in a statement.

The festival, Europe's only major event devoted entirely to U.S. movies, will include a tribute to Sidney Lumet, who will be in town with his latest film, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney.

Gus Van Sant, fresh from taking the 60th Anniversary prize at the Festival de Cannes for his "Paranoid Park," also will be back in France for a complete retrospective of his works.

The prestigious Lucien Barriere Literary Prize will be awarded to U.S. author Jay McInerney for his novel "The Good Life," about a group of privileged New Yorkers in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The ceremony will be presided over by prolific French author Frederic Beigbeder, whose best-seller "99 Francs" will see its adaptation hit French theaters in late September.

Among the Hollywood stars rumored to be making appearances on the Deauville red carpet are Tommy Lee Jones and Char-lize Theron, for Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Etah"; Matt Damon for Paul Greengrass' "The Bourne Ultimatum"; George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson for Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton"; and Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck for Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

Films in the official selection will be announced July 30 at a news conference in Deauville.