Thesp, HBO to receive festival fete

See lineupPARIS — Thesp Jessica Lange will receive a tribute at next month’s Deauville Film Festival, organizers announced today.

Lange will attend the in her honor on Sept. 10, five days after the fest kicks off. “Normal,” in which she co-stars, is one of eight titles in the fest’s tribute to HBO Films. “Tootsie,” “Music Box,” “Blue Sky” and “Titus” round out the mini-retrospective of her work.

The Lange kudos replaces the previously announced tribute to actor Ed Harris.

Although talent commitments remain in flux, “Le Divorce” cast members Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson and Leslie Caron are expected to be on hand for the fest’s tribute to helmer James Ivory.

Holly Hunter is expected to accompany competition title “Thirteen”; Harrison Ford is confirmed for opener “Hollywood Homicide”; and a female survivor of the Titanic will be at the showing of James Cameron’s documentary about the doomed ship “Ghosts of the Abyss.”

Andrew Fleming’s “The In-Laws,” starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, is now the Sept. 14 closing night film, replacing the Clint Eastwood-helmed drama “Mystic River,” which was pulled last week because of other scheduling commitments.

Since 1995, when Deauville began it’s 10-title competition devoted to American indies, the juries have been comprised almost entirely of French celebs. This year’s edition boasts a pan-European jury.

Jury prez Roman Polanski will be joined by thesps Claudia Cardinale, Nastassia Kinski, Ludivine Saigner (“Swimming Pool”) and Sir Ben Kingsley. The jury will be rounded out by director of photography Pavel Edelman (“The Pianist”), French screenwriter Jacques Fieschi, Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”), German director Tom Tykwer (“Run, Lola, Run”) and Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner.

“Les Docs de l’Oncle Sam” (Uncle Sam’s Docs), a new seven-title sidebar, will give France its first glimpse of “Capturing the Friedmans” and “Standing in the Shadow of Motown.”

French cinemas have long been hospitable to Yank-themed documentaries — Michael Moore’s work has been playing for years in rep and “The Trials of Henry Kissinger” has proved a steady draw.

Jonathan Demme’s “The Agronomist,” which also figures in the ‘Real to Real’ line-up in Toronto has a Deauville slot.

Stephen Gyllenhall and Naomi Foner will conduct a master class for 10 film school students, sponsored by French org SACEM in conjunction with the DGA, MPA and WGA

“Musique, Music: France-USA” will feature three of France’s most prolific and distinguished composers — Claude Bolling, Francis Lai and Vladimir Cosma.

MPA topper Jack Valenti — who has never missed a Deauville fest since its inception — will award the 12th Prix Michel D’Ornano to “Depuis qu’Otar est parti” (Since Otar Left) by Julie Bertuccelli. Pic, which won Crix Week at Cannes, figures in the line-up of the New York Film Festival.

The Deauville Literary Prize goes to Douglas Kennedy for “Losing It.”

29th Deauville lineup.

PREMIERES
Opener: Hollywood Homicide by Ron Shelton
Closer: The In-Laws by Andrew Fleming

American Wedding by Jesse Dylan
Anything Else? by Woody Allen
Confidence by James Foley
Le Divorce by James Ivory
Down With Love by Peyton Reed
Finding Nemo by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Ghosts of the Abyss by James Cameron
The Italian Job by F. Gary Gray
Identity by James Mangold
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde by Charles
Herman-Wurmfeld
Matchstick Men by Ridley Scott
Normal by Jane Anderson
Rugrats Go Wild by John Eng, Norton Virgien
Seabiscuit by Gary Ross

COMPETITION

American Splendor by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Assassination Tango by Robert Duvall
The Cooler by Wayne Kramer
Dot the I by Matthew Parkhill
11:14 by Greg Marcks
Milwaukee, Minnesota by Allan Mindel
Northfork by Michael Polish
Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke
The United States of Leland by Matthew Ryan Hoge
What Alice Found by A. Dean Bell

LES DOCS DE L’ONCLE SAM

The Agronomist by Jonathan Demme
Easy Rider, Raging Bulls by Kenneth Bowser
Capturing the Friedmans by Andrew Jarecki
The Fog of War by Errol Morris
Persona Non Grata by Oliver Stone
Standing in the Shadows of Motown by Paul Justman
The Weather Underground by Sam Green, Bill Siegel

SHORTS

A Ninja Pays Half My Rent by Steven Tsuchida
Firepussy by Laurel Almerinda
Four Simple Rules by Geoffrey O’Connor
Parallel Passage by Mandi Riggi
Neo-Noir by Chase Palmer
What Are You Having? by Benjamin Meyer

PANORAMA:

Alien — Director’s Cut by Ridley Scott
Evenhand by Joseph Pierson
Interview With the Assassin by Neil Burger
Levity by Ed Solomon
Off the Map by Campbell Scott
Poolhall Junkies by Mars Callahan
Tiptoes by Matthew Bright
Zero Day by Ben Coccio

Web site: www.festival-deauville.com

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