The teaser campaign for the Deauville Festival of American Cinema has begun with confirmation that Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence will screen at the event.
The film will be the centrepiece of a major Stanley Kubrick retrospective also featuring Killer Kiss, Eyes Wide Shut and the Jan Harlan-directed documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures.
The A.I. move makes it even more likely that the Venice festival, which overlaps with most of Deauville, will also screen the film in mid-event. The twin festival outings often mark the start of the European marketing campaign for US blockbusters. A.I. gets its French release on Oct 24.
Another retrospective is dedicated to Oliver Stone, who will be the star of the Carte Blanche section.
The festival, which contains both a competitive section for American independent films and a non-competitive section of studio films, has already confirmed slots for Swordfish, The Fast And The Furious, American Pie 2, A Knight's tale and America's Sweethearts.
Set to appear in the competitive section, where Jean-Jacques Annaud heads the jury, are Henry Bean's The Believer, Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy, Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World, Abel Ferrara's R'Xmas, Todd Solondz's Storytelling and Bill Plympton's Mutant Aliens.
Transferring from Cannes are Amos Kollek's Queenie In Love, Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, Michel Gondry's Human Nature and Ted Demme's Blow. Also appearing are Harald Zwart's One Night At McCool's and Dewy Nicks' Slackers.
The token French film, which has won the Prix Michel d'ornano for best first film, is Pretty Things (Les Jolies Choses) by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.