Director to open Deauville with director's cut of pic

Terry Gilliam will open the 36th Deauville American Film Festival with his director’s cut of “Brazil,” as a plethora of celebs and industryites make the trek to the French resort.

The 142-minute version of the 1985 movie, which was originally released in Europe, also kicks off a retrospective of Gilliam’s work that runs through the fest.

After the novelty of a retro opening, rather than a pic making its local bow, Deauville heads further into unknown territory with a weekend devoted to U.S. TV series.

Aspiration is to create a professional rendezvous on screenwriting, with figures from the U.S. and French industries meeting to exchange ideas.

Guests include former “Dexter” show runner Clyde Phillips, “Nip/Tuck” writer-director Richard Levine and the team behind “Damages” — Todd A Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman. Phillips and “Sopranos” creator David Chase will also give masterclasses.

While the industry talks, the public can catch up on previously unseen episodes of “House,” “Modern Family,” “The Good Wife” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

It’s business as usual with the films. The 12-feature competition puts the accent on independents, complemented by a program of Hollywood previews.

Zac Efron will be present to support “Charlie St. Cloud,” along with Kim Cattrall for “Meet Monica Velour.”

Jay Duplass and John C. Riley will present “Cyrus,” while America Ferrera will support competing pic “The Dry Land.”

Fest takes its first step into 3D with the French version of “Despicable Me.” Helmers Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are slated to attend, along with local voice talent Gad Elmaleh.

Helmer Greg Araki and thesp Annette Bening join Gilliam as guests of honor. Both get retrospectives, while Benning’s “The Kids Are All Right” is in competition.

Prize winners will be announced Sept. 11 before a showing of Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.”

Fest closes Sept. 12 with a screening of the Grand Prix winner.

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