Deuville line up

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The Deauville American Film Festival (Sept 1-10) has unveiled the full line-up of its 43rd edition. 

The festival, unfolding in the swanky northern French resort of Deauville, will screen 60 films hailing from the US.

The 14 titles in the main competition include David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, Kurt Voelker’s The Bachelors and Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Brooklyn Yiddish (aka Menashe) as well as Cannes titles Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and Anahita Ghazvininzadeh’s They.

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is presiding over the jury which includes actress Emmanuelle Devos, playwright Yasmina Reza as well as film-makers Eric Larigau and Alice Winocour.

“The competition reflects an America that is breaking apart, a troubled America, one in which the youth is in search of both its roots and its future,” commented festival director Bruno Barde.

The festival, which is a key launch-pad for US titles being released in France in autumn, will also preview 15 upcoming films in its Les Premieres section.

They include Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starrer American Made, which opens the festival, and Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle, which is the closing film. Other previews will include Good Time and Kidnap.

Honoree guests

The 43rd second edition will see an illustrious set of US guests hitting Deauville’s famous beachfront broad-walk.

Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Pattinson, Darren Aronofsky and Woody Harrelson are the honoree guests due to attend for retrospective tributes to their work. 

Television showcase

Highlights of the festival’s 8th US drama showcase, Deauville Season 8, include a preview screening of HBO’s upcoming series The Deuce revolving around the porn industry in 1970s New York and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The full line-up


  • A Ghost Story, dir. David Lowery
  • The Bachelors, dir. Kurt Voelker
  • Beach Rats, dir. Eliza Hittman
  • Blueprint, dir. Daryl Wein
  • Brooklyn Yiddish, dir. Joshua Z. Weinstein
  • Gook, dir. Justin Chon
  • Ingrid Goes West, dir. Matt Spicer
  • Katie Says Goodbye, dir. Wayne Roberts
  • Mary, dir. Marc Webb
  • My Friend Dahmer, dir. Marc Meyers
  • The Rider, dir. Chloé Zhao
  • Stupid Things, dir. Amman Abbasi
  • Sweet Virginia, dir. Jamie M. Dagg
  • They, dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh


  • 47 Meters Down dir. Johannes Roberts
  • The Last Word, dir. Mark Pellington
  • American Made, dir. Doug Liman (opening film)
  • It, dir. Andy Muschietti
  • The Glass Castle, dir. Destin Daniel Cretton (closing film)
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife, dir. Niki Caro
  • Good Time, dir. Josh & Benny Safdie
  • Kidnap, dir. Luis Prieto
  • The Emoji Movie, dir. Tony Leondis
  • Mother!, dir. Darren Aronofsky
  • The Music Of Silence, dir. Michael Radford
  • The Only Living Boy In New York, dir. Marc Webb
  • The Promise, dir. Terry George
  • The Wilde Wedding, dir, Damian Harris
  • The Yellow Birds, dir. Alexandre Moors

LES DOCS DE L’ONCLE SAM (Uncle Sam’s Documentaries)

  • 78/52, dir. Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Becoming Cary Grant, dir. Mark Kidel
  • Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, dir. Chris Perkel
  • Promised Land, dir. Eugene Jarecki
  • The Reagan Show, dir. Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill
  • An Inconvenient Truth, dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
  • We Blew It, dir. Jean-Baptiste Thoret


  • The Deuce, creators, David Simon, George Pelecanos, dir. Michelle MacLaren
  • Mr. Mercedes, creator, David E. Kelley, dir. Jack Bender