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Deauville -- The 39th American Film Festival handed out its awards, with Night Moves taking the top honors. The Grand Prix was awarded to director Kelly Reichardt for her domestic terrorism thriller. Reichardt could not attend the festival but gave an acceptance speech by Skype from her home in New York. Story: Director Bong Joon-Ho Shoots Down Reports of Cut to 'Snowpiercer' In a rare move, the jury -- presided over by president Vincent Lindon and jurors Lou Doillon, Jean Echenoz, Helene Fillieres, Xavier Giannoli, Famke Janssen, Pierre Lescure, Bruno Nuytten and Rebecca Zlotowski -- decided to hand out two Prix du Jury. The first went
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Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” was a big standout at the Normandy-set festival, winning both the Deauville Audience award and the Revelation Cartier nod. Arp Selection will distribute the pic, which won two Sundance nods and a prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, in France on Jan. 29. The Weinstein Co. released “Station” in the U.S. on July 26.
“Moves,” which toplines Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, world-preemed at Venice and will have its North-American premiere at Toronto tomorrow. German shingle The Match Factory reps international sales. Ad Vitam has French distribution rights.
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Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will close the 39th annual Deauville American Film Festival, set to run from Aug 30-Sept 8.
Famke Janssen has joined the jury, which is presided over by Vincent Lindon and includes Lou Doillon, Jean Echenoz, Helene Fillieres, Xavier Giannoli, Pierre Lescure, Bruno Nuytten and Rebecca Zlotowsk.
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Deauville’s special screenings include Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” and David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Mark Steven Johnson’s “Killing Season” and Quentin Dupieux’s “Wrong Cops.”
A trio of Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), John Travolta (“Killing Season”) and Nicolas Cage (“Joe”) will be celebrated at the fest, along with American vet producer Gale Anne Hurd, whose career spans over 30 years and include such cult pics as “Terminator,” “Aliens” and “The Incredible Hulk,” as well as acclaimed AMC drama skein “The Walking Dead.”
A posthumous homage will be given in the memory of multi-hyphenate entertainer Danny Kaye.
Other high-profile guests include Soderbergh, who will be in Deauville to present ”Candelabra” and will also give a masterclass, »
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Soko received a Gallic Cesar nomination for female newcomer for Xavier Giannoli’s “In the Beginning” (2009), and played the younger version of the Beatrice Dalle character in helmer Virginie Despentes’ “Bye Bye Blondie” (2011), in which she described her role as “a punk lesbian who spent time in a mental institute.”
Claim To Fame
Born in Bordeaux, France, but based in Los Angeles, the raven-haired talent has generated buzz for her title role in “Augustine,” based on a real-life maid treated as a hysteric by 19th Century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. The film premiered at Cannes in 2012 and opened Stateside May 17. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called the film “intellectually satisfying” and described Soko as “grave and luminous as a silent film star.”
Soko, born Stephanie Sokolinski, describes herself as a musician first and an actress second. Her debut album, “I Thought I Was an Alien” (Community Music, »
- Steve Chagollan
Cannes –Gallic actor-director Guillaume Gallienne’s comic confessional “Me Myself and Mum” topped the 45th Directors’ Fortnight, scooping both its Art Cinema Award and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers’ Sacd Prize.
Announced Friday, the double win, plus a special mention by the Sacd jury for Serge Bozon’s “Tip Top,” vindicates the move by Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Eduardo Waintrop to program no less than five comedies in this year’s edition.
Adapting Gallienne’s own solo stage show, “Me Myself and Mum” turns on his recreation of a childhood overshadowed by his dear maman who assumes, like seemingly everybody else, that he’s gay. Gallienne plays himself as a child and schoolboy as well as limning his mother. Diane Kruger co-stars as a strict health-spa nurse.
Weighing in after its Cannes world preem – where it was received with rapturous applause – as one of France’s big upcoming »
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The young singer turned actress in Xavier Giannoli’s In the Beginning, Virginie Despentes’ Bye Bye Blondie and specifically last year’s Critics’ Week selected Alice Winocour’s debut film Augustine will be a popular face on the Croisette this year as the section have have made the official poster of the 52nd edition public. The fest added, “by discovering first features, the section in charge of talent scouting also showcases new actors, often performing their first roles on the big screen. Maggie Cheung, Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Gael García Bernal, Alice de Lencquesaing, all these actors whose early and promising years are reflected in Soko’s luminescent and serene beauty, which radiates the pleasure and sensuality of performance.”
- Eric Lavallee
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