Deauville puts on a show

The 47th Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville, held from 3 to 12 September, is kicking off the cultural calendar with over 70 film screenings. SoBARNES walks you down the red carpet.

Through pandemics and high water, the Festival du cinéma américain, created in Deauville in 1975, has maintained its course with the aim of strengthening the ties between the two founding nations of the 7th Art. And the 2021 edition is all the more salient as the cultural scene struggles to pick up. It will be welcoming the public in person (thank goodness!) in accordance with the health regulations in force - all the more reason to take a look at the official Made in USA selection:

Blue Bayou, by Justin Chon / Catch the Fair One, by Josef Kubota Wladyka / Down with the King, by Diego Ongaro / John and the Hole, by Pascual Sisto – 1st film / The Night House, by David Bruckner / Pig, by Michael Sarnoski – 1st film / Pleasure, by Ninja Thyberg – 1st film / Potato Dreams of America, by Wes Hurley / Red Rocket, by Sean Baker / The Last Son, by Tim Sutton / The Novice, by Lauren Hadaway – 1st film / We Are Living Things, by Antonio Tibaldi / We Burn Like This, by Alana Waksman – 1st film

This selection, which according to the festival’s organisers “conveys today’s convulsions and the legitimate and growing anxiety of filmmakers”, is composed of “laughter, fear, violence, voyeurism and sometimes noble sentiments, all translating the emotions of our current times”. Quite a line-up!

Charlotte Gainsbourg will be chairing the jury, in the company of Delphine de Vigan, Fatou N’Diaye and Denis Podalydès, to name but a few, while Clémence Poésy will serve as the Revelation Jury President. The proximity between the stars, the jury panel and the public is written into the festival’s DNA, but SoBARNES strongly recommends trying your luck on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September when festival-goers will have the chance to talk with two huge names: Oliver Stone, for the presentation of his documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, in partnership with Cannes Film Festival, and Johnny Depp, for his appearance in the film City of Lies, directed by Brad Furman and presented in the ‘Premieres’ section

Talking of recommendations, and because we’re among friends, Deauville’s Barrière hotels – the Normandy, the Royal and the Hôtel du Golf – are offering a package complete with a VIP pass giving guests direct access to the festival’s red carpet as well as a private cocktail reception before the screenings. Don't say we don't give you all the best tips! And as if that wasn't enough, the BARNES Deauville offices, opposite the Normandy, are less than a 5-minute walk from the Deauville International Congress Centre and the Festival itself. So what are you waiting for?

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-- / BARNES Deauville - 5, rue Hoche, 14800 Deauville - Tél. : +33 (0)2 31 81 28 29 / Deauville Barrière's Hotels



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