This year, from August 30 to September 8, American and European film stars head to the small coastal town of Deauville for the Deauville American Film Festival. Since 1975, the festival has sought to highlight the best of American cinematography. This film festival in particular has hosted a number of notable premiers, including, Rush by Ron Howard, Wrong Cops by Quentin Dupieux and Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen— as well as tributes from various film personalities.
This year, the Deauville American Film Festival continues to explore the life of hero’s in American society. The movies in competition all explore the theme of heros who often seem weary and demotivated, yet who are curious to understand what they are going through and what it means for them in the course of their trials, while at the same time, seeking to confront themselves. This years lineup features:
· David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot
· J.C. Chandor's All is Lost
· Jeremy Sulnier’s Blur Ruin
· Drake Doremus’ Breathe In
· Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station
· David Lowery’s Les Amants du Texas
· Matt Creed's Lily
· Logan Miller and Noah Miller’s Sherif Jackson
· Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12
· Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
· Chris Eska's The Retrieval
· Jim Mickle's We Are What We Are
The idea for the Deauville Film Festival was born of the passion shared by two men, André Halimi and Lionel Chouchan. They both loved American cinema, and dreamt of sharing their love of American cinema in Deauville. The seaside resort town was the perfect location for showcasing a smaller and more intimate film festival, which over the years has gained international recognition. It is now recognized as the ephemeral site where young and rising American directors are discovered and acknowledged. The Deauville Film Festival has created a space where films come to life, and where dreams of directors are realized— it is truly something not to be missed if your are in or around Deauville.