DEAUVILLE, France — Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” won the Grand Prix at the 25th Deauville Festival of American Cinema on Sunday night. Michael Polish’s “Twin Falls Idaho” nabbed the second-place Jury Prize in a tie with Audrey Wells’ “Guinevere.” The 10 competition entries were shown Sept 6-10. Fest ran Sept 3-12.
Good things came in threes for “Twin Falls Idaho.” In addition to the Jury Prize, the bittersweet tale of well-groomed Siamese twins and their feelings for a compassionate prostitute (currently in release in the U.S. from Sony Classics) won the CineLive Discovery prize and the Fun Radio Trophy.
“Malkovich” also won the Grand Prize designated by the Intl. Critics jury.”Guinevere,” which had no French distributor before the festival, was picked up for Gaul after its Deauville showing, as was “Twin Falls Idaho.”
S.D. Katz’s elegantly animated ode to vanishing elephants, “Protest,” won the Grand Prize in the Short Film competition, now in its second year.
World preem of “Ride With the Devil” on Thursday followed a tribute to helmer Ang Lee, in Deauville for the third time.