Sydney Pollack honoured at Deauville film fest

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DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 1, 2006 (AFP) - US stars were gathering in the chic resort of Deauville Friday for the 32nd film festival dedicated to showcasing US cinema in France which this year pays tribute to director Sydney Pollack.

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 1, 2006 (AFP) - US stars were gathering in the chic resort of Deauville Friday for the 32nd film festival dedicated to showcasing US cinema in France which this year pays tribute to director Sydney Pollack.

Actress Meryl Streep and director Brian de Palma will also be among the stars lighting up the seafront on the northwestern Normandy coast during the 10-day festival which opens later Friday.

"Deauville is a look at American cinema in all its richness and diversity. It is conceived essentially as a means of entertainment, but that does not rule out time for reflection," festival director Bruno Barde told AFP.

"It is also the cinema of tomorrow. Out of the 11 films in competition, eight of them are first-time works. Part of Deauville's mission is to search out tomorrow's talents," he added.

Audiences will get a chance to see several eagerly-awaited films, including the premier of Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center', the first major Hollywood film to tackle the Al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Starring Nicolas Cage, the film is set to be a powerful rendition of that fateful day when two planes hijacked by Islamic militants were steered into America's symbol of its economic might.

Streep will arrive in the resort on September 9 for an out-of-competition screening of director Robert Altman's latest movie 'A Prairie Home Companion'.

The US actress will also be seen in 'The Devil Wears Prada' in which she stars as the demanding, high-maintenance editor of a fashion magazine, a screen adaptation of the runaway bestseller reputedly loosely based on Vogue magazine and its editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

De Palma jets in with the US writer James Ellroy on Sunday, hot from Venice, where their film 'The Black Dhalia' starring Scarlett Johansson won a muted reception from critics at the opening of the Italian festival.

Director Darren Aronofosky's 'The Fountain', an epic tale spanning a thousand years and starring Australian actor Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in a search for eternal life, is also sure to attract attention.

This year's guest of honour is Sydney Pollack with a showing of his latest work 'Sketches of Frank Gehry', as well as past masterpieces 'Jeremiah Johnson' and 'Out of Africa'.

Pollack has "worked within or outside studios, but has always questioned the history of his country in a mature, adult way, without forgetting the need to entertain, that's to say to seduce the greatest number. For me, he is an exemplary film-maker," said Barde.

Another American heavyweight — this time political rather than cultural — Al Gore, will also be in town for a showing of the documentary 'An Inconvienent Truth', which relates the former White House hopeful's personal crusade against global warming.

The jury headed by French director Nicole Garcia will be choosing from among 11 films, including 'A Guide To Recognising Your Saints' produced by the singer Sting, 'The Oh in Ohio' starring Liza Minelli and Danny de Vito, and 'Twelve and Holding' directed by Michael Cuesta.

The Grand Prize will be awarded in a ceremony here on September 10.

Deauville will also pay homage to French director Claude Lelouch, who thrust the town into the international spotlight when he set his 1966 Oscar-winning film 'A Man and a Woman' in the resort, by naming a square after him.

Copyright AFP

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