Spielberg and Lucas to star at Deauville film fest

3rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - The 30th Deauville film festival, the annual showcase for US cinema in France, was set to open late Friday with top Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as the guests of honour.

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - The 30th Deauville film festival, the annual showcase for US cinema in France, was set to open late Friday with top Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as the guests of honour.  

French director Claude Lelouch, who introduced Deauville to the world by setting his Oscar-winning film "A Man and a Woman" in the posh Normandy resort town, will head an otherwise all-female jury.  

Lelouch's "Les Parisiens" (The Parisians) will open the festival.  

The event offers an array of independent US features in competition including Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" starring Jim Carrey, which earned raves when it opened in the United States in March.  

But the festival - due to run through September 12 - mainly provides a springboard for US blockbusters ahead of their European releases.  

As it coincides with the international film festival in Venice, the Deauville event also allows Hollywood's brightest stars to gain a bit of extra publicity for their films without making two trips to Europe.  

Spielberg, who presented "The Terminal" to open the Venice event on Wednesday and will show it in Deauville on Saturday, will be honored at the French fest with screenings of all of his films, including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Saving Private Ryan".  

"The Terminal", which opened in the United States in June and is due to open in France on September 15, is loosely based on the story of an Iranian exile who has lived at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris for the past 16 years.  

Tom Hanks stars as a man from eastern Europe who finds himself stuck in bureaucratic limbo at Kennedy Airport in New York when his country erupts in civil war and was expected to attend the fest along with Spielberg.  

Lucas, who collaborated with Spielberg on the successful "Indiana Jones" trilogy, will be honored with screenings of "Star Wars", "American Graffiti" and a remastered version of his first full-length feature "THX 1138".  

Other films to be screened at Deauville include "Catwoman" with Halle Berry, "The Bourne Supremacy" starring Matt Damon, the HBO mini-series adaptation of Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America" and "The Clearing" with Robert Redford.  

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Deauville festival has scheduled screenings of the mini-series "Band of Brothers", directed by Hanks and produced by Spielberg.  

Also to be screened is Robert Harmon's "Ike: Countdown to D-Day", with Tom Selleck starring as General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded Allied forces in Europe during World War II.

 

© AFP

 

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