Deauville to honor Burstyn, Evans

Memorial tribute planned for late helmer Frankenheimer

PARIS — Ellen Burstyn and Robert Evans will be honored at the 28th Deauville Festival of American Film, fest organizers announced Thursday.

Burstyn’s acting chops will be showcased in her latest pic, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” as well as “The Last Picture Show,” “The Exorcist — Director’s Cut,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and “Requiem for a Dream.”

Evans will be at the fest, which unspools Aug. 30-Sept. 8, for a showing of the docu based on his life, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” slated for theatrical release in Gaul.

A memorial tribute will honor the late helmer John Frankenheimer.

The fest’s Coup de Chapeau — an affectionate tip of the hat — honors producer Jerry Weintraub and actor Matt Dillon.

The competition jury will judge American indie contenders to be announced Aug. 15. Jury is headed by recently deposed founder of Canal Plus Pierre Lescure, who backed a number of American indies when he topped the Gallic paybox. Other jury members are thesps Amira Casar, Irene Jacob, Julie Gayet, Richard Anconina, Jean-Marc Barr, Charles Berling and Bruno Wolkowitch and directors Chantal Akerman and Cedric Kahn.

Neil LaBute will present the annual cinema lesson Sept. 4. His latest pic, “Possession,” screens in the Premiere sidebar, which gives festgoers a chance to see American studio films before their European release.

H’wood pix, indies to unspool

Other pics in the Premiere selection include Edward Burns’ “Ash Wednesday,” Bob Dolman’s “The Banger Sisters,” Michael Caton-Jones’ “City by the Sea,” Doug Liman’s “The Bourne Identity,” Roger Michell’s “Changing Lanes,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal,” John Sherman’s “I’m With Lucy,” Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia,” Kathryn Bigelow’s “K-19: The Widowmaker,” George Hickenlooper’s “The Man From Elysian Fields,” Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition,” Andrew Niccol’s “Simone,” John Woo’s “Windtalkers” and Rob Cohen’s “XXX.”

Pics in the Panorama sidebar for indies and docs include Roman Coppola’s “CQ,” Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life,” Moises Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project,” Rebecca Chaiklin and Donovan Leitch’s “Last Party 2000” and John Sayles’ “Sunshine State.”

Motion Picture Assn. prexy Jack Valenti will present the Michel d’Ornano Award, a script prize dedicated to the memory of the fest co-founder and Deauville mayor, to Claude Duty’s “Fille perdues, cheveau gras.”

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