Deauville Festival Kicks off With ‘Everest,’ Wraps With ‘Sicario’

PARIS — Baltasar Kormakur’s 3D adventure thriller “Everest” is set to open the 41st edition of the Deauville American Film Festival.

Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes, will close the the festival.

A Universal Pictures movie, “Everest,” which will also kick off the Venice film festival, stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Pic is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, along with Kormákur, Icelandic’s biggest film director-producer, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson.

Deauville is expecting “Everest’s” “film team” to attend the premiere.

Penned by William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) and Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Everest” is based on the tragic 1996 expeditions to Mount Everest that left several climbers dead. “Everest” will be released in the U.S. by Universal on September 25.

“Sicario,” written by Taylor Sheridan, is an action-packed thriller starring Emily Blunt as an FBI field agent facing off a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Pic also toplines Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber. “Sicario” was produced by Black Label Media and Thunder Road production. Lionsgate will release it Stateside on September 18.

Deauville will run September 4-13.

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