Michael Shannon Starrer ’99 Homes’ Wins Deauville Grand Prize

DEAUVILLE, France– Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes,” a drama starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, snatched up the Grand Prize at Deauville American Film Festival on Saturday.

A social drama and a psychological thriller, “99 Homes” will be released by Broad Green in the U.S. on Sept. 25. Wild Bunch is planning a digital release in Gaul.

Garfield stars a conflicted youth father working for the shady real estate agent (Shannon) who evicted his family in order to reclaim his home. Pic revolves around the unusual bond that develops between the two men who initially have nothing in common but share the same urge to survive and thrive.

“99 Homes,” which previously played at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, marks Bahrani’s sixth feature. Shannon told Variety that he will likely re-team with Bahrani for a TV series.

“The Grand Prize honors a powerful and important movie, grounded in the North American contemporary society and it underscores the talent of its director, Ramin Bahrani,” stated Wild Bunch.

Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit “Dope” won the audience award, while Trey Edward Shults’s “Krisha,” SXSW winner and Cannes’ Critics’ Week player, took home the critics’ prize.

Thomas Bidegain’s directorial debut “The Cowboys” with John C. Reilly won the D’Ornano Valenti prize. “The Cowboys” producer Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor was on hand to pick up The D’Ornano Valenti prize.

Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” meanwhile, won the jury prize. It will be released in France by ARP. Josh Mond’s “James White,” handled by Memento Films International, nabbed the Khiel’s Revelation prize.

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