Neil Burger's The Illusionist, starring EdwardNorton, will open the 32nd Deauville Festival ofAmerican Film, which is slated to run Sept 1-10 in the
The official line-up was announced on July 31 andincludes Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smokingstarring Aaron Eckhart, David Slade's Hard Candywhich is set to be released by Metropolitan in France, another Metropolitanfilm Todd Field's Little Children with Kate Winslet,Paul Fitzgerald's Forgiven in which the director also stars, Hilary Brougher's Tilda Swinton-starrer Stephanie Daley, Sundance favorite LittleMiss Sunshine from directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Laurie Collyer's Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal,Dito Montiel's A GuideTo Recognizing Your Saints starring Robert Downey Jr. and Rosario Dawson,Billy Kent's The Oh In Ohio featuring Parker Posey and Liza Minnelli and Michael Cuesta'sTwelve And Holding, which is being distributed in France by Diaphana. A further film may be added to the line up in theweeks to come.
As previously announced, Nicole Garcia will head upthe main jury along with Yvan Attal,Maurice Barthelemy, Emmanuelle Castro, Julien Clerc, Antoine De Caunes, Philippe Djian and Marthe Keller. A prize has been added by new partnerCartier with a special jury comprised of Christophe Honore, Lou Doillon, Audrey Marnay, Olivier Py, Emilie Simon and Gilles Taurand.
European premieres of US films which could ensurehigh-wattage star-presence include Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion,Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty, Bobbyfrom Emilio Estevez, Curtis Hanson's Lucky You, Ivan Reitman'sMy Super Ex-Girlfriend, Sketches Of Frank Gehryby Sydney Pollack, Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, David Frankel's TheDevil Wears Prada, Darren Aronofsky'sThe Fountain and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center.
The documentary section is made up of ten filmsincluding Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth, Richard Trank's Ever Again, Michel Gondry'sDave Chapelle's Block Party andJonathan Demme's Neil Young: Heart Of Gold.
Tributes will be made to Sydney Pollack and to TheSundance Institute which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A spotlightsection will be trained on actress Ashley Judd while a retrospective will betitled Films About The President and includescreenings of Oliver Stone's JFK, Tim Burton'sMars Attacks! and John Frankenheimer'sPath To War.
The Michel d'Ornano prizewill be awarded this year to La FauteA Fidel co-written by Julie Gavrasand Arnaud Cathrine and directed by Gavras. The literary award will go to Didier Decoin for his novel Henri OuHenry, Le Roman De Mon Pere.
A US Village has been added with