For Harrison Ford, there’ll always be Deauville. The star, whom Deauville first feted back in 2002, is back again as this year’s guest of honor. “(We chose him) simply because he’s our friend,” says fest topper Bruno Barde.
It was Ford who memorably presented Roman Polanski with his best director Oscar for “The Pianist” at the seaside festival in 2003. Since then, the thesp, now 66, has been coming back again and again, often accompanied by actress/girlfriend Calista Flockhart.
“He (Ford) has starred in so many mythic films,” says Barde with admiration.
Thesps Robin Wright Penn and Andy Garcia will also be honored at this year’s fest: Both actors star in independent films featured out of competition. Wright Penn toplines Rebecca Miller’s family drama “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” while the Cuban-born Garcia headlines “City Island.”
For Barde it was the perfect occasion to honor two actors “at the height of their careers who are embracing the opportunity to play protagonists in films with an independent spirit.”
Comedies also get a special nod with the fest paying tribute to the filmmaking trio Jim Abrahams and brothers David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, otherwise known as ZAZ. “We owe them (ZAZ) some of the best American cult comedies, from ‘Airplane’ up to and including ‘Scary Movie,’ ” Barde says. “There will be a retrospective of several of their films which I hope will set the tone for this 35th festival.”