The Competition Films
Time for Cinema
When adults motorize children’s toys, thinking they’re going faster without thinking faster, they don’t improve the result, as only art resists or plays with time. The Deauville Festival follows the humble observation that we serve cinema by circulating works that are open to all. Always on the search for the talent of tomorrow already enjoying success today, the strong competition of nine first films and eight films by female directors gives hope for the future of independent cinema.
Through the 14 films on offer, the theme remains affirmation through understanding the differences among people, adults or adolescents, seeking to become themselves, to echo the quote by Pindar, the 5th-century B.C. poet, “become who you are,” often wrongly attributed to Nietzsche.
It’s been said before that screens are mirrors to filmmakers’ worldviews, and that through their work, they memorialize history. Namely today’s: violent, anxious, nostalgic, rebellious, hoping to transform lead into gold.
To discover them we needed adventurers of desire, and it is by design that this edition’s jurors embody the power of the present and the expectations of tomorrow. The palette of their talents, rivaled only by their manifest generosity toward cinema, will ensure, we have no doubt, the proper winners.
Bruno Barde, Festival Director
The list of films in competition
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Aitch Alberto
BLOOD FOR DUST by Rod Blackhurst
COLD COPY by Roxine Helberg
FREMONT by Babak Jalali
I.S.S. by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
THE FEELING THAT THE TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING HAS PASSED by Joanna Arrow
LAROY by Shane Atkinson
MANODROME by John Trengove
PAST LIVES by Celine Song
RUNNER by Marian Mathias
SUMMER SOLSTICE by Noah Schamus
THE GRADUATES by Hannah Peterson
THE SWEET EAST by Sean Price Williams
WAYWARD by Jacquelyn Frohlich