Each year the chic resort of Deauville puts on its American Film Festival. Started in 1975, it's become a major event with top films and top stars attending from the U.S.A., France and the rest of Europe. This year's Festival which runs from August 30th to September 8th, takes the theme of identity. It plays on the idea that the American heroes, maybe disillusioned, maybe demotivated, continue to question themselves and what they are doing in the quest to answer the question of what kind of people they are. There are movies in competition, premieres and documentaries and, unlike the Cannes Film Festival, there's plenty of opportunity for the general public to see everything.
Twelve Feature Films are in competition, from A Single Shot by David M. Rosenthal and All is Lost by J.C. Chandor starting Robert Redford, to The Retrieval by Chris Eska. Documentaries are equally varied, and include Our Nixon by Penny Lane where 3 of Nixon's aides documented his Presidency and Seduced and Abandoned by James Toback where actor Alec Baldwin and the director try to raise funds for their next feature for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
TV series feature in Deauville Season such as the pilot and chapter 2 of The Following with Kevin Bacon. The main premieres include Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh, Blue Jasmine from Woody Allen and White House Down from Roland Emmerich. So it's a great mixed bunch of movies.
And of course the stars will be there: some for tributes like Cate Blanchett, John Travolta and Nicholas Cage; others as part of the general festival. So book your place at this delightful event.
There are several Festival locations: at the two cinemas in the main C.I.D.; at the Cinema du Casino and Morny Club as well as a screen at Les Terrasses du Festival, in the official tent and at the Bar du Festival.
All screenings are open to the public.
Welcome Desk, Information and Ticket Sales
Centre International de Deauville (C.I.D.)
1 avenue Lucien Barriere
Tel. 00 33 (0)2 31 14 14 14
- Festival Pass 150 euros valid from August 31st to September 8th at all festival theaters
- Day Pass 30 euros for access to all screenings in any one day in all theaters
- Les Nuits Américaines Pass 10 euros, or 1 euro with purchase of any other Pass.
Where to Buy TicketsBefore the Festiival either at the reception of the C.I.D./Deauville Tourist Offfice or online at:
The following sites are all in French
Image: Kevin Bacon in The Following