HAUGESUND, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also host the premieres of “Before I Go to Sleep” with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” Maya Forbes’ “Infinitely Polar Bear” and Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” with Jessica Chastain. Other premieres include Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice,” Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Tate Taylor’s “Get on Up,” Kristen Stewart starrer “Camp X-Ray,” Universal’s toonpic “The Boxtrolls,” Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz’s “Land Ho!,” Will Ferrell starrer “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice.”
The festival will pay homage to two Hollywood legends: Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, as well as Russian actor Yul Brynner.
As previously announced James Cameron will be on hand to present his latest production, “Deepsea Challenge” and receive the prize of 40th anniversary, which artistic director Bruno Barde created for him.
Other honorees set to grace the red carpet include Brian Grazer, Jessica Chastain, Ray Liotta, John McTiernan and Will Ferrell.
The jury of this 40th edition will be presided by Costa Gavras and comprise former Deauville jury presidents: actress Emmanuelle Beart, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch and Andre Techine, Cannes film festival prexy Pierre Lescure, as well as danser Marie-Claude Pietragalla.
As in previous years Deauville will also organize a roundtable – co-hosted by the French producers guild (APC), the PGA and the Ile de France Film Commission — with Brian Grazer who will present “Get on Up” with his director Tate Taylor and actor Chadwick Boseman.