PARIS -- Steven Soderbergh will have a lot of A-list company at the Deauville American Film Festival, as organizers added to the slate of films and honorees for annual fete that kicks off August 30.
As previously announced, Soderbergh’s Emmy-nominated Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra will open the festival, with the movie’s stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon expected to attend. Soderbergh will also give a special master class the following day.
The festival will present career homages to Cate Blanchett, Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. Producer Gale Anne Hurd will also be honored.
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasimne starring Blanchett, David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Cage and Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season starring Travolta will all be screened as part of the festival’s Les Premieres section.
The closing film has yet to be announced, but organizers teased that it will be a “highly anticipated” work from someone with a “legendary oeuvre.”
Naomi Foner’s coming of age drama Very Good Girls, Ron Howard’s 1970’s set racing drama Rush, Quentin Dupieux’s comedy Wrong Cops and the animated feature from Klay Hall, Planes, will also screen in Les Premieres section.
In addition, White House Down will make its French debut just before its Sept. 4 release date here.
Cesar-nominated actor Vincent Lindon will head the feature film competition jury, which will be rounded out by actress Lou Doillon, writer Jean Echenoz, Cesar-nominated actress Helene Fillieres, director Xavier Giannoli, journalist Pierre Lescure, BAFTA-winning cinematographer Bruno Nuytten and director Rebecca Zlotowsky.
The competition films will include David M. Rosenthal’s thriller A Single Shot, Drake Doremus’ psychological drama Breathe In, Matt Creed’s introspective cancer drama Lily, Logan and Noah Miller’s western Sweetwater, Destin Cretton’s foster-care drama Short Term 12 and Sam Fleischner’s story of an autistic teen Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. Civil War drama The Retrieval from Kris Eska and cannibal tale We Are What We Are from Jim Mickle are also on the slate.
Several Cannes entries will also be making appearances in the competition here, including J.C. Chandor’s standing-ovation-garnering All is Lost, in which star Robert Redford barely speaks, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which won the Un Certain Regard lineup’s Prize of the Future and is already getting Oscar buzz. Jeremy Saulnier’s crowdfunded Directors’ Fortnight film Blue Ruin and David Lowery’s Cannes Critics Week drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints will also be vying for the prize.
This year’s Uncle Sam documentary section will feature James Toback’s Croisette-set cinema biz send up Seduced and Abandoned starring Alec Baldwin, Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain; Hilla Medalia’s Dancing in Jaffa; Jacob Kornbluth’s economic examination Inequality for All; Penny Lane’s Our Nixon and Morgan Neville’s Sundance favorite about backup singers, Twenty Feet From Stardom.
In a sidebar dedicated to the small screen, the festival will also take a look at television, showing episodes of Bates Motel, The Following and Once Upon a Time. France’s Associate of Cinema Producers will once again partner with the Producers Guild of America for the Franco-American forum, this year focusing on the impact of new media on filmmaking.