Faye Dunaway will chair the jury of the 15th Festival de Paris film festival (March 27 - April 3), which specialises in first and second efforts.
Nine titles will be competing this year, including two US titles - Alison Maclean's Jesus' Son and Marc Levin's White Boys - France's Drole De Felix and Andre Le Magnifique, Israel's Autour De Yana (directed by Arik Kaplun), Norway's Bloody Angels (Karin Julsrud) Italy's Come Te Nessuno Mai (Grabriele Muccino) China's Suzhou (Lou Ye) and Canada's The Five Senses (Jeremy Podeswa).
Any Given Sunday will open the festival out of competition in the presence of its director Oliver Stone. Other film previews include Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead, Rob Minkov's Stuart Little, Jonathan Nossiter's Signs And Wonders, Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy, Mathew Warkus' Sharon Stone-starrer Simpatico, Alexandre Jardin's Le Prof and Japanese manga Sprigan. Alexandre Arcady's latest opus, La Bas...Mon Pays, will close the event.
Members of the jury include Luc Besson's composer Eric Serra; Dreamlife Of Angels' director Erick Zonca, scriptwriter Daniele Thompson, producer Philippe Carcassonne, actress Michele Laroque, scriptwiter Noelle Chatelet, entertainment journalist Andre Bercoff and Gerard Gros, head of billboard company Metrobus.
An American talent delegation, headed by Gregory Peck, will also be meeting with a group of French artists, headed by Claude Lelouch.