Deauville American Film Festival : the programme
In 1975, the first Deauville American Film Festival took place, born out of a love of American cinema, shared by festival founders Michel d'Ornano and Lucien Barrière. The festival is a celebration of American directors on the rise, it is an event that showcases the best of independant American cinema to the world.
Now in its 38th year, the official selection of the fourteen films shortlisted for Deauville American Film Festival has been revealed.
The festival kicks off on 31 August and continues until 9 September, running parallel to the Venice Film Festival. The screenings will open with Jeff Nichols' "Mud" and will close with Oliver Stone's "Savages", marking the latter's return to the director's chair.
Led by president Sandrine Bonnaire, the jury will pick the winner of the "Grand Prix du Jury" (essentially "best film") from a selection of predominantly independant American films. Last year's winner was Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" and it seems that the director is hoping to make it two in a row... The other much-coveted accolade is the "Prix du Jury", which was won by "The Dynamiter" by Matthew Gordon in 2011.
The 2012 selection:
- "Beasts of the Souther Wild", by Benh Zeitlin
- "Booster", by Matt Ruskin
- "California Solo", by Marshall Lewy
- "Compliance", by Craig Zobel
- "Electrick Children", by Rebecca Thomas
- "For Ellen", by So yong Kim
- "Francine", by Brian M. cassidy | Melanie Shatzky
- "Gimme the loot", by Adam Leon
- "God bless America", by Bobcat Goldthwait
- "Robot and Frank", by Jake Schreier
- "Smashed", by James Ponsoldt
- "Une noche", by Lucy Mulloy
- "Your sister's sister", by Lynn Shelton
The results will be announced on the 9 September.