A resolutely U.S.-friendly festival | DEAUVILLE

Last Updated: April 16, 2014By Tags:

American cinema is the star at France’s Deauville International Festival, which takes place August 30-September 8 in Normandy. John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Cate Blanchett will be honored this year, as was announced by organizers late last week.

Program will include several first-films, including Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” (see our REVIEW) which already got the Jury’s prize at the last Sundance Festival.

J.C. Chandor’s “All is lost,” which stars Robert Redford, will be screened, among other films. It recounts the misadventures of an experimented sailor whose ship rams into a container ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Other films include, “A single shot” (David M. Rosenthal), “Blue Ruin” (Jeremy Saunier), “Breathe in” (Drake Doremus), “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (David Lowery), “Lily” (Matt Creed), “Sherif Jackson” (Logan Miller and Noah Miller), “Short term 12” (Destin Cretton), “Stand clear of the closing doors” (Sam Fleischner), “The Retrieval” (Chris Eska) and “We are what we are” (Jim Mickle).

John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Cate Blanchett will be present in Deauville themselves. This year’s jury will be presided by French actor Vincent Lindon.

In 2012, “The Beasts of the Southern Wild” received the top honors.