The30th annual Deauville Festival of American film wrapped up last night with aslew of prizes for Joshua Marston's Maria Full Of Grace. The festival favourite
Thejury, presided over by Claude Lelouch and a bevy of women including AnoukAimee, Mathilde Seigner, Diane Kurys and Jeanne Labrune
Thescreenwriting award went to The Final Cut, a first film by Omar Naim. starring Robin Williams. The film was asubstitute for Bacon's directorial debut Loverboy, which was pulled at the last minute.
The competition wasoriginally made up of ten films, but audience members got a surprise when, justprior to screening his entry Heights, director Chris Terrio announced he was removing the film fromcontention as he still had changes to make.
During the 10 day festival,whose 30th anniversary was devoted to contemporary yet legendary Hollywooddirectors, such seminal talents as Steven Speilberg, George Lucas and FrancisFord Coppola dropped in to celebrate. Actors including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon,Glenn Close and Morgan Freeman were also in attendance.