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French cinema on showcase in Deauville

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- The 46th Deauville American Cinema Festival, which will take place from 4 to 13 September, will present several French works, including eight labelled by the Cannes Official Selection

French cinema on showcase in Deauville
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Exceptional circumstances require exceptional programming. On the occasion of its 46th edition, which will take place from 4 to 13 September, and as a sign of solidarity in the context of the health crisis, the Deauville Film Festival, usually dedicated to American productions, has decided to invite the Cannes Film Festival, which will present nine feature films labelled by its 2020 Official Selection.

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Amongst them are DNA [+see also:
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by Maïwenn (released in France on 28 October via Le Pacte), Slalom [+see also:
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by Charlène Favier (which will be released on 4 November by Jour2Fête and which will receive the Ornano-Valenti prize in Deauville, to reward a French debut feature in order to help its gaining recognition, its promotion and its exportation), A Good Man [+see also:
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by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (slated for a 3 March 2021 release by Pyramide Distribution), Red Soil by Farid Bentoumi (which will be distributed by Ad Vitam), Teddy [+see also:
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by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (in theatres on 13 January 2021 via The Jokers) and French Tech [+see also:
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by Bruno Podalydès (also slated for 13 January 2021 by UGC Distribution).

The showcase of films labelled by the Cannes Official Selection also includes the majority French production Home Front [+see also:
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by Belgian director Lucas Belvaux (released in France on 11 November via Ad Vitam) and the minority production Last Words [+see also:
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from American filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter (which will be in competition in Deauville and which Jour2Fête will distribute on 21 October), not to mention the South Korean feature Peninsula by Yeong Sang-ho (coming out on 28 October via ARP Sélection).

Also of note, and closing the Deauville Film Festival (which will project close to 70 American films in total), is the world premiere of another French film: How I Became a Super Hero [+see also:
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by Douglas Attal.

French production will also be highlighted in the young audience programme, organised in partnership with the Annecy festival, with Calamity: a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary [+see also:
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by Rémi Chayé (winner in the Savoyard city of the Cristal prize for best feature-length film and released in France on 14 October via Gebeka Films) and Little Vampire [+see also:
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by Joann Sfar (which StudioCanal will distribute on 21 October).

On the premiere menu, several French co-productions also appear, such as the English-language film The Sound of Philadelphia by French director Jérémie Guez (with Belgian actor Mathias Schoenaerts headlining and released in France on 30 December via Les Bookmakers and The Jokers), Resistance [+see also:
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by Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz (starring Jesse Eisenberg, Clémence Poésy, Félix Moati and Matthias Schweighöfer) and The Professor and the Madman [+see also:
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by Farhad Safinia.

In the Uncle Sam’s Documentaries section, the French features Kubrick by Kubrick [+see also:
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by Gregory Monro, Deauville et le rêve américain [+see also:
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by Daphné Baiwir (with amongst its stars Michael Douglas, Claude Lelouch, Stéphane Brizé, Christine Vachon, Debra Granik, Gilles Jacob, Ira Sachs, Jim Cummings, Jordana Spiro, etc.) and The Last Hillbilly by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe (ACID Cannes 2020 label).

Lastly, Barbet Schroeder will give a masterclass, Vanessa Paradis will chair the competition jury (which will also include, amongst others, Zita Hanrot, Mounia Meddour, Sylvie Pialat, Vincent Lacoste, Bruno Podalydès and Yann Gonzalez and rapper Oxmo Puccino) while director Rebecca Zlotowski will head the Revelation jury (comprised also of Luàna Bajrami, Mya Bollaers, Antoine Reinartz and Arnaud Rebotini).

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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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