BRUSSELS — The Deauville American Film Festival unveiled 11 films in its competition Thursday, leaving the door open for one or two late additions.
Competition traditionally focuses on independent fare, while a parallel program of sneak previews and national premieres drives traffic on the fest’s red carpet.
This year a high number of competing films already have distribution and release dates in Gaul.
Most likely to cash in on exposure is Fox France property “Cyrus,” which bows a few days after the fest wraps.
Others coming soon to French screens include “Mother and Child,” “Welcome to the Rileys” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Selection draws heavily on this year’s Sundance Festival, apart from “Two Gates of Sleep” and “The Myth of the American Sleepover,” which come direct from Cannes.
Wild card is “The Joneses,” which adds a Deauville slot to a low-key career that began in Toronto last year.
Gallic star Emmanuelle Beart will lead the competition jury.
Other panelists include thesps Jeanne Balibar and Denis Lavant, plus helmers Lucas Belvaux, Tony Gatlif, Fabrice du Welz (who directed Beart in “Vinyan”) and Abderrahmane Sissako.
Helmer Manuel Pradal presides over the Cartier Revelation jury, which singles out a competition film for its innovative qualities.
Now in its 36th edition, fest unspools Sept. 3-12. Awards are announced Sept. 11.
“Abel,” Diego Luna
“Buried,” Rodrigo Cortes
“Cyrus,” Jay and Mark Duplass
“Holy Rollers,” Kevin Asch
“Mother and Child,” Rodrigo Garcia
“The Dry Land,” Ryan Piers Williams
“The Joneses,” Derrick Borte
“The Myth of the American Sleepover,” David Robert Mitchell
“Two Gates of Sleep,” Alistair Banks Griffin
“Welcome to the Rileys,” Jack Scott
“Winter’s Bone,” Debra Granik