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Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve

The Deauville American Festival has unveiled a female-focused programme spotlighting women behind and in front of the camera for its 45th edition.

The festival, unfolding in the luxury northern French resort of Deauville Sept 6-15, courted controversy earlier in the week when it announced it was opening with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

It will be the feature’s biggest festival screening after backers Amazon cancelled its release after its 2017 shoot when molestation allegations by the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced amid the rise of the Time’s Up movement. 

Festival director Bruno Barde batted back criticism of the selection, highlighting that Allen had been cleared by American justice in two different states of the charges.

Wider programme 

Deauville’s wider 45th programme, meanwhile, puts the accent on female talent, especially in the competition, featuring 14 recent US productions, many of them first time features seeking French theatrical distribution.

Six of the competition films are directed by women including Danielle Lessovitz’s transgender drama Port Authority, Anne Silverstein’s coming of age tale Bull, set against the South Texas rodeo scene, and Jennifer Reeder’s high school thriller Knives And Skin.

Most of Deauville’s honorary guests are also women. Kristen Stewart, Sienna Miller, Geena Davis will be feted with its Deauville Talent Award.  Previous recipients include Robert Pattinson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Beckinsale.  

A selection of films starring actresses will screen across the festival including Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy and Seberg for Stewart, American Woman for Miller and Hollywood gender inequality documentary This Changes Everything for Davis.

UK Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner will receive the Hollywood Rising Star award. She follows in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliff and Elle Fanning. Festival selections featuring Turner include Jouri Smit’s revenge thriller Heavy set against the backdrop of the high-end drug dealing scene as well as all the episodes of the 10th season of Game Of Thrones.

Other high profile guests include cinema icon Catherine Deneuve who will preside over a competition jury which includes directors Antonin Baudry, Claire Burger and actors Valeria Golino, Vicky Krieps and Gaspard Ulliel.

Allen’s A Rainy Day In New York will screen in Deauville’s Premieres section, focused on more mainstream films. Other titles in that line-up also Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, and Oliver Assayas’s The Wasp Network, which closes the 45th edition.


Dir. Annie Silverstein, first feature

Ham On Rye
Dir. Tyler Taormina, first feature

Judy And Punch
Dir. Mirrah Foulkes, first feature

Knives And Skin
Dir. Jennifer Reeder, first feature

Mickey And The Bear
Dir. Annabelle Attanasio, first feature

Port Authority
Dir. Danielle Lessovitz, first feature

Dir. Pippa Bianco, first feature

Dir. Guy Nattiv

Dir. Carlo Mirabella Davis, first feature

The Climb
Dir. Michael Angelo Covino, first feature

The Lighthouse
Dir. Robert Eggers

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Dir. Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, first feature

The Wolf Hour
Dir. Alistair Banks Griffin

Watch List
Dir. Ben Rekhi


American Woman
Dir. Jake Scott

Angry Birds Movie 2
Dir. Thurop Van Orman

Charlie Says
Dir. Mary Harron

Greener Grass
Dir. Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe

Dir. Jouri Smit first feature

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy
Dir. Justin Kelly

Music Of My Life
Dir. Gurinder Chadha

Dir. Benedict Andrews

Terre Maudite
Dir. Emma Tammi, first feature

The Hummingbird Project
Dir. Kim Nguyen

A Rainy Day In New York
Dir. Woody Allen, opening film

A Hidden Life
Dir. Terrence Malick

Waiting For The Barbarians
Dir. Ciro Guerra

Wasp Network
Dir. Olivier Assayas, closing film


Dir. Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss

Apollo 11
Dir. Todd Douglas Miller

Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound
Dir. Midge Costin, first feature

Memory – The Origins Of Alien
Dir. Alexandre O. Philippe

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool
Dir Stanley Nelson

This Changes Everything
Dir. Tom Donahue

The Biggest Little Farm
Dir. John Chester