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The festival

The Deauville Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val was cre­at­ed in 1975 by Lionel Chouchan and André Hal­i­mi under the lead­er­ship of Michel d’Or­nano, then May­or of the City of Deauville and of the Bar­rière Group. The City of Deauville del­e­gates the co-orga­ni­za­tion of the Fes­ti­val to ‘le Pub­lic Sys­tème Ciné­ma’ and to the C.I.D. LPSC pro­vides artis­tic direc­tion and the C.I.D brings its skills in event organization.

The Fes­ti­val high­lights the diver­si­ty of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma, from major Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions to inde­pen­dent films. It is the only Euro­pean fes­ti­val of this scale to open its doors to the pub­lic. Each year, more than one hun­dred screen­ings are pre­sent­ed on three sites: the Cen­ter Inter­na­tion­al de Deauville, the Ciné­ma du Casi­no Bar­rière and the Ciné­ma le Morny.

The Fes­ti­val has revealed works of art which have marked cin­e­ma his­to­ry: James Gray’s Lit­tle Odessa, Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s Pi, Tom DiCil­lo’s Liv­ing in Obliv­ion, Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovitch, Christo­pher Nolan’s Memen­to, Todd Solondz’s Wel­come to the Doll­house, Paul Hag­gis’s Crash, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hed­wig and the Angry Inch, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Day­ton’s Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine, Jeff Nichols’s Take Shel­ter, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Matt Ross’s Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic, Ben Zeitlin’s Beasts of the South­ern Wild, David Low­ery’s A Ghost Story….the Fes­ti­val is praised each year for the qual­i­ty and high stan­dard of its programming.

The Prizes

Five Prizes are award­ed dur­ing the Award Cer­e­mo­ny of the Deauville Amer­i­can Film Festival:

The Grand Prize & The Jury Prize;
The Louis Roed­er­er Foun­da­tion Rev­e­la­tion Prize;
The Crit­ics’ Prize, Award­ed by film crit­ics and journalists
The City of Deauville Audi­ence Award, As a trib­ute to the audience’s long-stand­ing attach­ment to the Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val, the City of Deauville has decid­ed to launch this Prize in 2013. The audi­ences, who have the chance to make their feel­ings felt through the City of Deauville Audi­ence Award. This allows every fes­ti­val-goer to share their favorites and to offer a direc­tor an addi­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty for recognition.

The sections

Sev­er­al sec­tions bear wit­ness to the unequaled vital­i­ty and diver­si­ty of Amer­i­can cin­e­matog­ra­phy. The Com­pe­ti­tion is exclu­sive­ly reserved for inde­pen­dent films. Trib­utes to myth­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties in their pres­ence. The New Hol­ly­wood, which hon­ors the future by invit­ing come­di­ans, the flag­ship of the cin­e­ma of tomor­row. Uncle Sam’s Docs to immerse your­self in the real­i­ty of Amer­i­can society …

Deauville wants to be, through the eyes of the film­mak­ers, a snap­shot which, each year, tells a new his­to­ry of America.



  • 2022

    48th edition

    From Sep­tem­ber 2 to 11, 2022. The Deauville Fes­ti­val con­tin­ued to open its arms to the world.

    The col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cannes Fes­ti­val was rein­forced through the Croisette Hour, pre­sent­ing the 2022 Palme d’Or, Tri­an­gle of Sad­ness, in the pres­ence of Swedish direc­tor Ruben Östlund, and the two Grand Prizes: Close by Lucas Dhont and Stars at Noon by Claire Denis.

    For the sec­ond time, Deauville left the win­dow on French cin­e­ma wide open with the atten­dance of the film­mak­ers and cast of three films pre­sent­ed in world pre­miere: The Great Mag­ic by Noémie Lvovsky, a great moment of emo­tion when the direc­tor invit­ed her entire team on stage, The Lock­down Tow­er by Guil­laume Nicloux and Les Ras­cals by Jim­my Laporal-Trésor.

    Many trib­utes cel­e­brat­ing the young gen­er­a­tion of Hol­ly­wood took place in the pres­ence of these (almost) new voic­es: Jesse Eisen­berg, who also came to present his direc­to­r­i­al fea­ture debut When You Fin­ish Sav­ing the World, Lucy Boyn­ton, who gave an unfor­get­table per­for­mance as Fred­die Mercury’s fiancée in Bryan Singer’s Bohemi­an Rhap­sody, and Ana de Armas, who moved and divid­ed the fes­ti­val-goers dur­ing the excep­tion­al screen­ing of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde.

    A Carte Blanche was giv­en to jour­nal­ist and author Philippe Gar­nier, an Amer­i­can films spe­cial­ist, for the release of his new 3‑volume book “Cred­its, the true his­to­ry of movies”. Six emblem­at­ic Amer­i­can films from the 40s to the 70s were offered to the audi­ence, as well as a pub­lic meet­ing at the Franciscaines.

    Final­ly, Arnaud Desplechin presided over the jury and jour­neyed with its mem­bers accross the back roads of the Unit­ed States by decid­ing among the 13 inde­pen­dent Amer­i­can fea­ture films in com­pe­ti­tion. Char­lotte Wells’ After­sun, which invokes with melan­choly the mem­o­ry of her father dur­ing a sum­mer spent with him, won the Grand Prize before enjoy­ing a world­wide crit­i­cal suc­cess, includ­ing an Acad­e­my Award Best Actor nom­i­na­tion for main actor Paul Mescal.

    Jurys & Palmarès


    The Jury: presided by Arnaud Desplechin, with Jean Paul Civeyrac, Pierre Deladon­champs, Léa Druck­er, Sophie Letourneur, Alex Lutz, Yas­mi­na Khadra and Marine Vacth
    The Rev­e­la­tion Jury: presided by Elodie Bouchez, with Andrea Bescond, Eddy de Pret­to, Nico­las Paris­er, Agathe Rous­selle, and Yolande Zauberman


    Grand Prize: AFTERSUN by Char­lotte Wells (dis­tri­b­u­tion : MUBI)

    Jury Prize: WAR PONY by Gina Gam­mell & Riley Keough (dis­tri­b­u­tion : Les Films du Losange)

    Jury Prize: PALM TREES AND POWER LINES by Jamie Dack (inter­na­tion­al sales: Film Constellation)

    Fon­da­tion Louis Roed­er Rev­e­la­tion Prize 2022: WAR PONY by Gina Gam­mell & Riley Keough (dis­tri­b­u­tion : Les Films du Losange)

    Audi­ence Award: EMILY THE CRIMINAL by John Pat­ton Ford (dis­tri­b­u­tion : Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Con­tent Group)

    Crit­ics Award: AFTERSUN by Char­lotte Wells (dis­tri­b­u­tion : MUBI)

    D’Or­nano-Valen­ti Prize 2022: FALCON LAKE by Char­lotte Le Bon
    (dis­tri­b­u­tion : Tandem)

  • 2021

    47th edition

    From Sep­tem­ber 3rd to 12th, 2021, in yet anoth­er year struck by the pub­lic health cri­sis, Deauville for­tu­nate­ly took place in per­son and con­tin­ued to open its arms to the world.

    Rein­forc­ing its col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val through the Croisette Hour sec­tion, pre­sent­ing sev­en films from all around the world hail­ing from the offi­cial Cannes selec­tion, includ­ing the two Grand Prize win­ners A Hero by Asghar Farha­di and Com­part­ment No. 6 by Juho Kuos­ma­n­en, Deauville opened a win­dow on French cin­e­ma for the first time.

    Five French films received their world pre­mieres at the fes­ti­val, with the film­mak­ers and cast in atten­dance, includ­ing Christophe Honoré’s Guer­mantes, Claude Lelouch’s Love is Bet­ter than Life and Cécile Ducrocq’s Her Way.

    Audi­ences came out in droves to pay trib­ute to cin­e­ma, com­muning togeth­er in the festival’s three the­aters and shar­ing incred­i­ble moments through excep­tion­al encoun­ters orga­nized by the fes­ti­val with three essen­tial fig­ures of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma: John­ny Depp, who hon­ored us by return­ing to Deauville fol­low­ing his 2019 trib­ute, Oliv­er Stone, who came to present his shock­ing doc­u­men­tary on the JFK assas­si­na­tion, and Michael Shan­non, a fes­ti­val reg­u­lar known for his hyp­not­ic pres­ence in two Grand Prize win­ners, Jeff Nichols’ Take Shel­ter (2011) and Ramin Bahrain’s 99 Homes (2014), who received his own trib­ute that year.

    With an eye toward the next gen­er­a­tion and the future of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma, the fes­ti­val also wel­comed actress Dylan Penn, who received the New Hol­ly­wood prize from Clé­mence Poésy, the Rev­e­la­tion Jury President.

    Final­ly, Char­lotte Gains­bourg, glob­al icon and Jury Pres­i­dent, pre­sent­ed Jane by Char­lotte, a mov­ing doc­u­men­tary about her moth­er Jane Birkin, and jour­neyed with her jury across the ago­nies and ecstasies of the Unit­ed States by decid­ing among the 13 inde­pen­dent Amer­i­can fea­ture films in com­pe­ti­tion. Diego Ongaro’s Down with the King, a les­son in human­i­ty from rur­al Amer­i­ca, won the Grand Prize.


    Char­lotte Gains­bourg (prési­dente), Bertrand Bonel­lo, Del­phine de Vigan, Mick­haël Hers, Garance Mar­il­li­er, Fatou N’Diaye, Denis Poda­ly­dès, Mar­cia Romano, SebastiAn

    Revelation Jury

    Clé­mence Poésy (présidente),Céleste Brun­nquell, India Hair, Lomepal, Kacey Mot­tet Klein


    Grand Prix : DOWN WITH THE KING de Diego Ongaro

    Prix du Jury : PLEASURE de Nin­ja Thyberg

    Prix du Jury : RED ROCKET de Sean Baker

    Prix Fon­da­tion Louis Roed­er­er de la Révéla­tion 2021 : JOHN AND THE HOLE de Pas­cal Sisto

    Prix du Pub­lic de la Ville de Deauville : BLUE BAYOU de Justin Chon

    Prix d’Ornano-Valenti 2021 : LES MAGNÉTIQUES de Vin­cent Maël Cardona

    Le Jury de la Cri­tique : RED ROCKET de Sean Baker

  • 2020

    46th edition

    From Sep­tem­ber 4 to 13, 2020. In this excep­tion­al year, marked by a health cri­sis beyond imag­i­na­tion, Deauville rein­vents itself and aims to show sol­i­dar­i­ty with the hard-hit glob­al film indus­try. The fes­ti­val there­by wel­comes the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, known for its inter­na­tion­al dimen­sion. 10 films have thus been select­ed from among 56 Cannes titles from the Offi­cial Selec­tion. Deauville also opens its doors to the Annecy Inter­na­tion­al Ani­mat­ed Film Fes­ti­val, to present a youth pro­gram of 3 films. To hon­our the hard-hit med­ical world in the Unit­ed States as well as in France, the fes­ti­val fea­tures Amer­i­can & French doc­tors, a selec­tion of French and Amer­i­can films whose on-screen heroes are health care per­son­nel. The bonds between the US and France become even thigh­ter as Deauville wel­comes sev­er­al French film cast and crews and hon­ours Bar­bet Schroed­er with the 46th Award for the ensem­ble of his Amer­i­can work. Vanes­sa Par­adis heads the Jury and Rebec­ca Zlo­tows­ki the Rev­e­la­tion Jury, while Deauville pays trib­ute to the late Kirk Dou­glas, one of the giants of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma, through the voice of his son Michael who, though he couldn’t come to France, adressed the most heart­felt and inspi­ra­tional filmed speech.


    Vanes­sa Par­adis (prési­dente), Zita Han­rot, Del­phine Horvilleur, Mou­nia Med­dour, Sylvie Pialat, Yann Gon­za­lez, Vin­cent Lacoste, Bruno Poda­ly­dès, Oxmo Puccino.

    Revelation Jury

    Rebec­ca Zlo­tows­ki (prési­dente), Luà­na Bajra­mi, Mya Bol­laers, Arnaud Rebo­ti­ni, Antoine Reinartz.


    Grand Prix : THE NEST Sean Durkin
    Prix du Jury (ex-aequo) : FIRST COW Kel­ly Reichardt & LORELEI Sab­ri­na Doyle
    Prix Fon­da­tion Louis Roed­er­er de la Révéla­tion 2020 : THE NEST Sean Durkin
    Prix Fon­da­tion Louis Roed­er­er de la Mise en scène 2020 : THE ASSISTANT Kit­ty Green
    Prix de la cri­tique : THE NEST Sean Durkin
    Prix du Pub­lic de la Ville de Deauville : UNCLE FRANCK Alan Ball
    Prix Lit­téraire Lucien Bar­rière : Fab­rice Hum­bert pour son roman Le monde n’existe pas
    Prix d’Ornano-Valenti 2020 : SLALOM Char­lène Favier
    Prix du 46e Fes­ti­val de Deauville : Bar­bet Schroeder

  • 2019

    45th edition

    From 6th to 15th Sep­tem­ber 2019.
    For its anniver­sary, the Fes­ti­val changed its appear­ance, with bright colours and a new, mod­ern logo. Cather­ine Deneuve and Anna Mouglalis presided over the two juries for this par­tic­u­lar­ly fem­i­nine edi­tion. Kris­ten Stew­art, one of the most tal­ent­ed actress­es of her gen­er­a­tion, received the Deauville Tal­ent Award, whilst Geena Davis, the cult actress of Thel­ma and Louise came to speak about the under-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in Hol­ly­wood. Sien­na Miller also received a Deauville Tal­ent Award for her eclec­tic career. Sophie Turn­er car­ried off the New Hol­ly­wood Prize, whilst the Festival’s part­ner HBO cel­e­brat­ed the 10 years of Deauville Sea­son con­se­crat­ed to series, with an excep­tion­al marathon show­ing of all of the 73 episodes of the cult series Game of Thrones for the dura­tion of the Fes­ti­val. Final­ly, Pierce Bros­nan received a trib­ute on stage where he demon­strat­ed his sin­cere com­mit­ment and excep­tion­al ele­gance. Last­ly, the Fes­ti­val pub­lic wel­comed with emo­tion the emblem­at­ic actor John­ny Depp who accept­ed his prize from Cather­ine Deneuve.


    Cather­ine Deneuve (Pres­i­dent), Antonin Baudry, Claire Burg­er, Jean-Pierre Duret, Vale­ria Goli­no, Vicky Krieps, Gaël Morel, Orel­San, Nico­las Saa­da, Gas­pard Ulliel

    Revelation Jury

    Anna Mouglalis (Pres­i­dent), Alice Belaï­di, Damien Bon­nard, Marie-Louise Khond­ji, Roman Kolinka,


    Grand Prix : BULL Annie Silverstein
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : THE CLIMB Michael Ange­lo Covi­no & THE LIGHTHOUSE Robert Eggers
    Prix de la 45e édi­tion : BULL Annie Silverstein
    Prix Fon­da­tion Louis Roed­er­er de la Révéla­tion : BULL Annie Silverstein
    Prix de la cri­tique : BULL Annie Silverstein
    Prix du pub­lic de la ville de Deauville : THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON Tyler Nil­son & Michael Schwartz
    Prix du 45e Fes­ti­val du Ciné­ma Améri­cain de Deauville : CUBAN NETWORK Olivi­er Assayas
    Prix spé­cial du 45e Fes­ti­val : SWALLOW Car­lo Mirabella-davis
    Prix Michel d’Or­nano : LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Li

  • 2018

    44th edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 2018.
    One of the great­est actors in the his­to­ry of con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can cin­e­ma was present to receive a trib­ute: Mor­gan Free­man. The Fes­ti­val salut­ed the tal­ent of numer­ous artists: Jason Clarke, Elle Fan­ning, Kate Beck­in­sale, and Sarah Jes­si­ca Park­er. Shai­lene Wood­ley, the muse of the Diver­gente saga, won the New Hol­ly­wood Prize. Jim Cumming’s Thun­der Road won the 2018 Grand Prix.


    San­drine Kiber­lain (Pres­i­dent), Sabine Azé­ma, Alex Beau­pain, Leila Bekhti, Stéphane Brizé, Sara Giraudeau, Xavier Legrand, Pierre Sal­vadori, Leïla Slimani

    Revelation Jury

    Cédric Kahn (Pres­i­dent), Hubert Charu­el, François Civ­il, Karim Lek­lou, Kate Moran


    Grand Prix : THUNDER ROAD De Jim Cummings
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : AMERICAN ANIMALS de Bart Layton
    NIGHT COMES ON De Jor­dana Spiro
    Prix Kiehl’s de la Révéla­tion : WE THE ANIMALS De Jere­mi­ah Zagar
    Prix de la cri­tique : BLINDSPOTTING De Car­los López Estrada
    Prix du pub­lic de la Ville de Deauville : PUZZLE De Marc Turtletaub

  • 2017

    43rd edition

    From 1st to 10th Sep­tem­ber 2017.
    The rise of e‑cinema shook up the pro­gram­ming, with the arrival of Net­flix and Ama­zon pro­duc­tions… Michel Haz­anavi­cius presided the jury. This year was rich in trib­utes: Lau­ra Dern, Jeff Gold­blum, Michelle Rodriguez, Dar­ren Aronof­sky, and Woody Har­rel­son. The secu­ri­ty teams man­aged to con­tain a fren­zied crowd with the arrival of Robert Pat­tin­son. Chloé Zhao’s The Rid­er and David Lowery’s A Ghost Sto­ry won the hearts of both the jury and the public.


    Michel Haz­anavi­cius (Pres­i­dent), Ben­jamin Bio­lay, Emmanuelle Devos, Clotilde Hesme, Eric Lar­ti­gau, Char­lotte Lebon, Michel Leclerc, Yas­mi­na Reza, Axelle Rop­ert, Alice Winocour

    Revelation Jury

    Emmanuelle Bercot (Pres­i­dent), Abd Al Malik, Anaïs Demousti­er, Pio Mar­maï, Pierre Rochefort, Leonor Varela


    Grand Prix : THE RIDER Chloé Zhao
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : A GHOST STORY David Low­ery & BROOKLYN YIDDISH Joshua Z Weinstein
    Prix Kiehl’s de la Révéla­tion : A GHOST STORY David Lowery
    Prix de la cri­tique : A GHOST STORY David Lowery
    Prix du pub­lic de la Ville de Deauville : MARY Marc Webb

  • 2016

    42nd edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 2016.
    Fea­tur­ing on the 2016 edi­tion poster, Char­lie Chap­lin took the arm of Paulette God­dard. Racism, slav­ery, class strug­gles, arms traf­fick­ing… the spir­it of inde­pen­dence that char­ac­ter­ized the films this year took off. Amer­i­ca as a sym­bol of hope was seen through notable works such as Matt Ross’s Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic or Ira Sach’s Brook­lyn Vil­lageMichael Moore, James Fran­co and Stan­ley Tuc­ci met with a pub­lic who were impressed by their tal­ent and humil­i­ty. Two young artists won the New Hol­ly­wood Prize: Chloe Grace Morez and Daniel Rad­cliffe.


    Frédéric Mit­ter­rand (Pres­i­dent), Françoise Arnoul, Éric Elmosni­no, Ana Girar­dot, Dou­glas Kennedy, Radu Mihaileanu, Emmanuel Mouret, Mar­jane Satrapi

    Revelation Jury

    Audrey Pul­var (Pres­i­dent), Cédric Anger, Jérôme Bon­nell, Khe­iron, Diane Roux­el, Christa Théret


    Grand Prix : BROOKLYN VILLAGE (Lit­tle Men) Ira Sachs
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Matt Ross & LE TECKEL (Wiener-Dog) Todd Solondz
    Prix Kiehl’s de la Révéla­tion : LE TECKEL (Wiener-Dog) Todd Solondz
    Prix de la cri­tique : THE FITS Anna Rose Holmer
    Prix du pub­lic de la Ville de Deauville : CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Matt Ross

  • 2015

    41st edition

    From 4th to 13th Sep­tem­ber 2015.
    This was a col­or­ful edi­tion, sym­bol­ized by the Stars and Stripes, which were cho­sen to fea­ture on the Fes­ti­val poster this year. Deauville wel­comed Jane Hart­ley, the recent­ly appoint­ed US ambas­sador to France, who described the event as “the most amaz­ing fes­ti­val of exclu­sive­ly Amer­i­can movies”. There were some pres­ti­gious trib­utes, with the pres­ence of per­son­al­i­ties as var­ied as Michael Bay, Lawrence Ben­der, Orlan­do Bloom, Patri­cia Clark­son, Ian McK­ellen, and Keanu Reeves – in addi­tion to a trib­ute to Ter­rence Mal­ick, who was, inevitably, absent. For the first time in the Festival’s his­to­ry, the Jury, presided over by direc­tor Benoît Jacquot, crowned a film – 99 Homes by Ramin Bahrani – that would only be avail­able via video-on-demand in France. The Prix Michel‑d’Ornano, giv­en to a French film debut, was renamed the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti as a joint trib­ute to Jack Valen­ti. Through­out the Fes­ti­val, meet­ings and recep­tions con­tin­ued well into the night at the Kiehl’s Club, a fes­tive and con­vivial venue cre­at­ed by Kiehl’s, the new part­ner of the Deauville Amer­i­can Film Festival.

    The Jury

    Benoît Jacquot (Pres­i­dent), Pas­cal Bonitzer, Louise Bour­goin, Louis-Do de Lenc­que­saing, Marc Dugain, Sophie Fil­lières, Marie Gillain, Julien Hirsch, Marthe Keller

    Revelation Jury

    Zabou Bre­it­man (Pres­i­dent), Alice Isaaz, Rachelle Lefèvre, Géral­dine Nakache, Stan­ley Weber


    Grand Prize : 99 HOMES Ramin Bahrani
    Jury’s Prize : TANGERINE Sean Baker
    The most promis­ing new­com­er Prize : JAMES WHITE Josh Mond
    Crit­ics Award : KRISHA Trey Edward Shults
    Deauville Award : DOPE Rick Famuyiwa

  • 2014

    40th edition

    From 5th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 2014.
    On the occa­sion of its 40th Anniver­sary and a pres­ti­gious 40th edi­tion ded­i­cat­ed to one of the cofounders of the event André Hal­i­mi, the Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val blew can­dles togeth­er with Trib­ute-nom­i­nees Jes­si­ca Chas­tain, Will Fer­rell, Bri­an Graz­er, Ray Liot­ta, John McTier­nan, as well as sur­prise guests Mick Jag­ger and Pierce Bros­nan. Deauville remem­bered the late Yul Bryn­ner, and Lau­ren Bacall and Robin Williams who recent­ly passed away. The Jury of the 40th edi­tion was chaired by direc­tor Cos­ta-Gavras and was com­posed of pre­vi­ous Pres­i­dents of the Jury in Deauville. Through stars’ anec­dotes and tes­ti­monies, the book Deauville, 40 Years of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma traces, with var­i­ous unpub­lished pho­tographs, the pic­ture sto­ry of 40 Fes­ti­val edi­tions. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, win­ner of the 2014 Grand Prize, start­ed its suc­cess­ful career at Deauville. The C.I.D Audi­to­ri­um is now equipped with Dol­by Atmos sound.

    The Jury

    Cos­ta-Gavras (Pres­i­dent), Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch, Pierre Les­cure, Vin­cent Lin­don, Marie-Claude Pietra­gal­la, André Téchiné

    Revelation Jury

    Audrey Dana (Pres­i­dent), Anne Berest, Lola Bessis, Chris­tine and the Queens, Fred­die High­more, Clé­mence Poésy


    Grand Prize : WHIPLASH Damien Chazelle
    Jury’s Prize : THE GOOD LIE Philippe Falardeau
    40TH Anniver­sary Award : THINGS PEOPLE DO Saar Klein
    The most promis­ing new­com­er Prize : A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT Ana Lily Amirpour
    Crit­ics Award : IT FOLLOWS David Robert Mitchell
    Deauville Award : WHIPLASH Damien Chazelle

  • 2013

    39th edition

    From 30th August to 8th Sep­tem­ber 2013.
    This year the Fes­ti­val was ded­i­cat­ed to the recent­ly deceased pro­duc­er and dis­trib­u­tor Fabi­enne Vonier. The Fes­ti­val paid trib­ute to Dan­ny Kaye (“Deauville Leg­end”), Cate Blanchett, Nico­las Cage, Lar­ry Clark, and John Tra­vol­ta, gave Carte Blanche to the French musi­cal duo JUSTICE, offered one Mas­ter­class around the film analy­sis of the 2012 Grand Prix win­ning film Beasts of the South­ern Wild direct­ed by Ben Zeitlin, and a sec­ond with Vince Gilli­gan, with­in the con­text of Deauville Sea­son 4. The Fran­co-Amer­i­can round table this year was ded­i­cat­ed to “Inno­va­tion v. Cre­ativ­i­ty”, in the pres­ence of pro­duc­er Gale Ann Hurd, to whom the Fes­ti­val was also pay­ing trib­ute. The Festival’s recent revival of the Board­walk beach cab­in tra­di­tion gen­er­at­ed a bustling prom­e­nade-jam of fans deter­mined to see the stars grac­ing this very fine 2013 vin­tage: Cate Blanchett, For­est Whitak­er, and John Tra­vol­ta!

    The Jury

    Vin­cent Lin­don (Pres­i­dent), Lou Doil­lon, Jean Echenoz, Hélène Fil­lières, Xavier Gian­no­li, Famke Janssen, Pierre Les­cure, Bruno Nuyt­ten, Rebec­ca Zlotowski

    Revelation Le Jury 

    Valérie Donzel­li (Pres­i­dente), Lau­rence Arné, Vin­cent Lacoste, Géral­dine Mail­let, Woodkid

    Le Palmarès

    Grand Prize : NIGHT MOVES Kel­ly Reichardt
    Jury’s Prize(ex-aequo) : ALL IS LOST J.C. Chan­dor & STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS Sam Fleischner
    The most promis­ing new­com­er Prize : FRUITVALE STATION Ryan Coogler
    Crit­ics Award : THE RETRIEVAL Chris Eska
    Deauville Award : FRUITVALE STATION Ryan Coogler

  • 2012

    38th edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 2012.
    Trib­utes this year were paid to William Fried­kin, Salma Hayek, Har­vey Kei­t­el, Liam Nee­son, Melvin Van Pee­bles, and Paula Wag­n­er; the Carte Blanche was giv­en to styl­ist Agnès b.; and the actor Paul Dano was cho­sen as the “New Hol­ly­wood 2012”. In the Casino’s Ital­ian-style the­atre and with free entry for all, the Radio France Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra and com­pos­er Michel Legrand staged an excep­tion­al con­cert in trib­ute to the com­pos­er John Williams. Also on the Fes­ti­val pro­gram, a les­son in cin­e­ma by direc­tor William Fried­kin, a Con­ver­sa­tion with the screen­writer René Bal­cer in the con­text of Deauville Sea­son 3, a Mas­ter­class tack­ling the analy­sis of the 2011 Grand Prize win­ning film Jeff Nichols’ Take Shel­ter, and the Fran­co-Amer­i­can round table ded­i­cat­ed this year to “Pro­duc­ing today: issues and new resources”.

    The Jury

    San­drine Bon­naire (Pres­i­dent), Sami Boua­ji­la, Clotilde Courau, Philippe Decou­flé, Anaïs Demousti­er, Christophe Hon­oré, Joann Sfar, Flo­rent-Emilio Siri, Alice Taglioni

    Revelation Jury

    Frédéric Beigbed­er (Pres­i­dent), Astrid Bergès-Fris­bey, Mélanie Bernier, Ana Girar­dot, Félix Moati


    Grand Prize : Beasts of the South­ern Wild — Benh Zeitlin
    Jury’s Prize : UNA NOCHE Lucy Mulloy
    The most promis­ing new­com­er Prize : Beasts of the South­ern Wild — Benh Zeitlin
    Crit­ics Award : THE WE AND THE I Michel Gondry

  • 2011

    37th edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 2011.
    In the fringes of its trib­utes, this year to Blake Edwards, Fran­cis Ford Cop­po­la, Dan­ny Glover, Shirley MacLaine, Todd Solondz, and Nao­mi Watts, the Fes­ti­val wished to give “Carte Blanche” to a celebri­ty from the world of arts and lit­er­a­ture. It was cre­ator Jean-Charles de Castel­ba­jac who accept­ed the invi­ta­tion to be its first rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The Fes­ti­val also inau­gu­rat­ed its “New Hol­ly­wood” in invit­ing an actress and/or actor, young jew­els in Amer­i­can cinema’s future crown, to Deauville: Jes­si­ca Chas­tain and Ryan Gosling were the first cho­sen. Final­ly, the Fes­ti­val cre­at­ed the “Film Cor­ner”, a new space ded­i­cat­ed to sales com­pa­ny and buy­ers. And with the Pro­duc­ers’ Guild of Amer­i­ca (PGA) it hence­forth would orga­nize a “Fran­co-Amer­i­can round table” for the pur­pose of enrich­ing the dia­logue between pro­fes­sion­als on either side of the Atlantic. The first-round table was ded­i­cat­ed to “Pro­duc­ing in 2011: the new rules of the game”. The Fes­ti­val offered a con­ver­sa­tion with Fran­cis Ford Cop­po­la, a scriptwrit­ing les­son with Roger Avary, and two Mas­ter­class­es with Tom Fontana and Shawn Ryan, with­in the con­text of Deauville Sea­son 2.

    The Jury

    Olivi­er Assayas (Pres­i­dent), Nathalie Baye, Claire Denis, Nico­las Godin, Chiara Mas­troian­ni, Angelin Preljo­caj, Jean Rolin, Bruno Todeschini

    Revelation Jury

    Samuel Benchetrit (Pres­i­dent), Leila Hata­mi, Sab­ri­na Ouazani, Élisa Sed­naoui, Ben­jamin Siksou


    Grand Prize : TAKE SHELTER Jeff Nichols
    Jury’s Prize : THE DYNAMITER Matthew Gordon
    The most promis­ing new­com­er Prize : DETACHMENT Tony Kaye
    Crit­ics Award : DETACHMENT Tony Kaye

  • 2010

    36th edition

    From 3rd to 12th Sep­tem­ber 2010.
    Fes­ti­val­go­ers had a Ren­dez-vous this year with Ter­ry Gilliam, hon­oured by the Fes­ti­val, which screened his com­plete films opus. Annette Ben­ing and Gregg Ara­ki also received trib­utes. For the first time, Deauville decid­ed to open its the­atres and screens to Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion series and to their screen­writ­ing, in its new free-entry sec­tion, “Deauville Sea­son #”. It was in this very “Deauville Sea­son 1” con­text that Mas­ter­class­es with screen­writ­ers David Chase and Clyde Phillips were organized.

    The Jury

    Emmanuelle Béart (Pres­i­dent), Jeanne Bal­ibar, Lucas Bel­vaux, Faouzi Ben­saï­di, Chris­tine Cit­ti, Fab­rice du Welz, Nil­da Fer­nan­dez, Tony Gatlif, Denis Lavant, Abder­rah­mane Sissako

    Revelation Jury

    Manuel Pradal (Pres­i­dent), Jonathan Lam­bert, Emma Luchi­ni, Rox­ane Mesqui­da, Sébastien Thiery


    Grand Prize : MOTHER AND CHILD Rodri­go García
    Jury’s Prize (ex-aequo) : WINTER’S BONE Debra Granik
    The most promis­ing new­com­er prize : JEWISH CONNECTION (Holy Rollers) Kevin Asch
    Crit­ics Award : BURIED Rodri­go Cortés

  • 2009

    35th edition

    From 4th to 13th Sep­tem­ber 2009.
    The Fes­ti­val opened with an excep­tion­al con­cert by Julia Migenes. This year’s guest of hon­our was Har­ri­son Ford, emblem­at­ic of Amer­i­can cin­e­ma and loy­al friend of the Deauville Fes­ti­val. The Ren­dez-vous was with actor Andy Gar­cia, to whom the Fes­ti­val also paid trib­ute, along­side Robin Wright (Robin Wright Penn at the time), the ZAZ trio (David Zuck­erJim Abra­hamsJer­ry Zuck­er) and Robert Aldrich. In order to rein­force its iden­ti­ty, and fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion in com­pe­ti­tion of Lee Daniels’ Pre­cious – greet­ed with enthu­si­asm by the pub­lic and which won the 2009 Jury Prize – the Fes­ti­val adopt­ed a sub-title for the future, in Eng­lish: “A PRECIOUS moment for all cin­e­ma lovers”.

    The Jury

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Pres­i­dent), Hiam Abbass, Dany Boon, Jean-Loup Dabadie, Émi­lie Dequenne, Deb­o­rah François, San­drine Kiber­lain, Patrice Lecon­te, Géral­dine Pail­has, Bruno Podalydès

    Revelation Jury

    Maïwenn (Pres­i­dent), Romane Bohringer, Nico­las Far­gues, Aïs­sa Maï­ga, Louise Monot, Raphaël

    Le Palmarès

    Grand Prize : THE MESSENGER Oren Moverman
    Jury’s Prize (ex-aequo) : PRECIOUS Lee Daniels & SIN NOMBRE Cary Joji Fukunaga
    The most promis­ing new­com­er prize : HUMPDAY Lynn Shelton
    Crit­ics award : THE MESSENGER Oren Moverman

  • 2008

    34th edition

    From 5th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 2008.
    Ded­i­cat­ed to the recent­ly depart­ed Syd­ney Pol­lack, the 2008 Fes­ti­val pre­sent­ed a com­plete col­lec­tion of the films shot by anoth­er direc­tor close to the Festival’s its heart, Spike Lee. As a com­ple­ment to the enthu­si­as­tic and movie-lov­ing trib­utes that the Fes­ti­val ded­i­cat­ed to Park­er Posey, Ed Har­ris, and Mitchell Leisen, a new sec­tion, “Wide Angle”, shone a spot­light on the indi­vid­ual work of a fig­ure from Amer­i­can cin­e­ma: for its first year, “Wide Angle” wel­comed the direc­tor Charles Bur­nett.

    The Jury

    Car­ole Bou­quet (Prési­dente), Édouard Baer, François Damiens, Ronit Elk­a­betz, Diane Fleri, Pierre Jolivet, Cédric Kahn, Cris­t­ian Mungiu, Leonor Sil­veira, Dean Tavoularis

    Revelation Jury

    Zoe Cas­savetes (Pres­i­dent), Diastème, Léa Druck­er, Jalil Les­pert, Ara Starck


    Grand Prize : THE VISITOR Tom McCarthy
    Jury’s Prize : BALLAST Lance Hammer
    The most promis­ing new­com­er prize : BALLAST Lance Hammer
    Crit­ics Award : GARDENS OF THE NIGHT Dami­an Harris

  • 2007

    33rd edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 2007.
    The cream of Hol­ly­wood arranged to meet up this year in Deauville: Angeli­na Jolie, Eva Mendes, Michelle Mon­aghan, Gena Row­lands, Til­da Swin­ton, the year’s recip­i­ent of trib­ute Sigour­ney Weaver, Ben and Casey Affleck, Judd Apa­tow, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bri­an De Pal­ma, Michael Dou­glas and Sid­ney Lumet – to both of whom the Fes­ti­val was pay­ing trib­ute for the sec­ond time - Peter and Bob­by Far­rel­ly, Paul Hag­gis, Brad Pitt…! With a first trib­ute to the actress Ida Lupino, the Fes­ti­val decid­ed to hon­our Amer­i­can cinema’s her­itage by pay­ing trib­ute to those who had con­tributed to its pres­tige. It also offered fes­ti­val­go­ers a chance to con­tin­ue wide-awake dream­ing: night and day, with the sup­port of the French Ciné­math­èque, it screened films from Amer­i­can her­itage dur­ing the “Amer­i­can Nights”. To date, Deauville is the only fes­ti­val in the world to offer such a pro­gram of con­tin­u­ous round-the-clock screenings!

    The Jury

    André Téch­iné (Pres­i­dent), Odile Bars­ki, Xavier Beau­vois, Nico­las Caza­lé, Char­lÉlie Cou­ture, Émi­lie Deleuze, Anouk Grin­berg, Marie-France Pisi­er, Yas­mi­na Reza

    Revelation Jury

    Gaël Morel (Pres­i­dent), Clotilde Hesme, Olivia Mag­nani, Mélanie Thier­ry, Flo­ri­an Zeller

    Le Palmarès

    Grand Prize : THE DEAD GIRL Karen Moncrieff
    Jury’s Prize : NEVER FOREVER Gina Kim
    The most promis­ing new­com­er prize : ROCKET SCIENCE Jef­frey Blitz
    Crit­ics Award : GRACE IS GONE James C. Strouse

  • 2006

    32nd edition

    From 1st to 10th Sep­tem­ber 2006.
    On the Festival’s sug­ges­tion, Carti­er – which became an essen­tial part­ner of the Fes­ti­val – cre­at­ed a Rev­e­la­tion Prize, with the con­sti­tu­tion of a sep­a­rate, pres­ti­gious Jury. On the pro­gram, there was also a ret­ro­spec­tive, “The President’s Films”, ded­i­cat­ed to the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States and to the office’s numer­ous cin­e­mato­graph­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tions, so inti­mate­ly linked to the country’s his­to­ry, a trib­ute to the Sun­dance Insti­tute, on the occa­sion of its 25th Anniver­sary, and a spe­cial “Uncle Sam’s Docs” sched­ule ded­i­cat­ed to the Simon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre and to its cin­e­ma depart­ment, Mori­ah Films. The Mas­ter­class was giv­en by direc­tor Dar­ren Aronof­sky. In the wings of the Fes­ti­val, the state of Louisiana was the guest of hon­our of the C.I.D, which con­ferred new scale on the US Vil­lage estab­lished on its Ter­races, fac­ing the sea, with var­i­ous con­certs, events, exhi­bi­tions and encounters.

    The Jury

    Nicole Gar­cia (Pres­i­dent), Mau­rice Barthélémy, Ami­ra Casar, Emmanuelle Cas­tro, Guil­laume Canet, Julien Clerc, Antoine de Caunes, Philippe Djian, Marthe Keller

    Revelation Jury

    Christophe Hon­oré (Prési­dent), Lou Doil­lon, Audrey Mar­nay, Olivi­er Py, Émi­lie Simon, Gilles Taurand


    Grand Prize : LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jonathan Day­ton & Valerie Faris
    Jury’s Prize : HALF NELSON Ryan Fleck
    The most promis­ing news­com­er prize : HALF NELSON Ryan Fleck
    Crit­ics Award : SHERRY BABY Lau­rie Collyer
    Sce­nar­i­o’s Prize : SHERRY BABY Lau­rie Collyer

  • 2005

    31st edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 2005.
    On the fringes of the trib­utes paid to Ron Howard, James Toback, Robert Towne, and For­est Whitak­er, the Fes­ti­val this year pro­posed a spe­cial ses­sion of “Shorts by Greats” reveal­ing the first cin­e­mato­graph­ic steps tak­en by 5 renowned direc­tors: Ter­ry Gilliam, George Lucas, Rid­ley Scott, Tony Scott, and Robert Zemeck­is. There was also a “Box­ing in Cin­e­ma” ret­ro­spec­tive: ten fea­ture films in which “life is a match” and the world of box­ing, a “metaphor for life”. A Mas­ter­class on writ­ing and direct­ing was pre­sent­ed by Irwin Win­kler; the actor and direc­tor Steve Busce­mi met the audience.

    The Jury

    Alain Corneau (Prési­dent), Enki Bilal, Dominique Blanc, Romane Bohringer, Rachi­da Brakni, Christophe, Dominik Moll, Melvil Poupaud, Brigitte Roüan


    Grand Prix : Crash — Paul Haggis
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : KEANE Lodge Ker­ri­g­an & On the Outs — Lori Sil­ver­bush & Michael Skolnik
    Crit­ics Prize : KEANE Lodge Kerrigan
    Sce­nar­i­o’s Prize : TRANSAMERICA Dun­can Tucker

  • 2004

    30th edition

    From 3rd to 12th Sep­tem­ber 2004.
    In the Fes­ti­val cat­a­logue, none oth­er than direc­tors Steven Spiel­berg and George Lucas salut­ed the Festival’s 30th anniver­sary, in the com­pa­ny, more­over, of sev­er­al rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the big stu­dios and fig­ures from the world of cin­e­ma. The Jury at this anniver­sary event was com­posed sole­ly of women, gath­ered around its Pres­i­dent, Claude Lelouch. In cel­e­bra­tion, the Fes­ti­val screened all the films direct­ed by Steven Spiel­berg. Trib­utes were paid to George Lucas, Fran­cis Ford Cop­po­la, Glenn Close, Chris­tine Vachon, Mal­colm McDow­ell, Richard D. Zanuck and, posthu­mous­ly, to Mar­lon Bran­do. Direc­tor Jonathan Nos­siter and scriptwriter Char­lie Kauf­man were there at the Ren­dez-vous with Festivalgoers.

    The Jury

    Claude Lelouch (Prési­dent), Anouk Aimée, Marie-Josée Croze, Danièle Hey­mann, Diane Kurys, Jeanne Labrune, Lio, Claudie Ossard, Bet­ti­na Rheims, Mathilde Seigner


    Grand Prize : MARIA, PLEINE DE GRÂCE (Maria Full of Grace) Joshua Marston
    Jury’s Prize : THE WOODSMAN Nicole Kassell
    Crit­ics Prize : Maria Full of Grace — Joshua Marston
    Sce­nar­i­o’s Prize : The Final Cut — Omar Naim

  • 2003

    29th edition

    From 5th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 2003.
    The Fes­ti­val decid­ed to take America’s pulse by shin­ing a spot­light on doc­u­men­taries and devot­ing the new “Uncle Sam’s Docs” sec­tion to them. Trib­ute was paid to the Amer­i­can pay TV chan­nel HBO, and the Fes­ti­val host­ed Col­in Cal­len­der, CEO of its cin­e­ma depart­ment, for the occa­sion. The Fes­ti­val also wished to pay trib­ute, in their pres­ence, to Jes­si­ca Lange, James Ivory, and Rid­ley Scott. The Mas­ter­class was giv­en joint­ly by direc­tor Stephen Gyl­len­haal and scriptwriter Nao­mi Fon­er Gyl­len­haal, James Foley and Edward Burns met with the pub­lic dur­ing the Ren­dez-vous. A sym­po­sium enti­tled “Musique, Music: France, USA” was orga­nized. Fur­ther­more, to keep the numer­ous Fes­ti­val auto­graph hunters hap­py, two blank pages were insert­ed into the Fes­ti­val cat­a­logue… but these were grad­u­al­ly to be phased out as fes­ti­val­go­ers devel­oped their tal­ents as ama­teur photographers!

    The Jury

    Roman Polan­s­ki (Pres­i­dent), Clau­dia Car­di­nale, Pawel Edel­man, Jacques Fieschi, Sir Ben Kings­ley, Zbig­niew Pres­ner, Ludi­vine Sag­nier, Fer­nan­do True­ba, Tom Tykwer


    Grand Prix : WHAT ALICE FOUND A. Dean Bell
    Prix du jury : THIRTEEN Cather­ine Hardwicke
    Crit­ics Prize : AMERICAN SPLENDOR Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini

  • 2002

    28th edition

    From 30th August to 8th Sep­tem­ber 2002.
    Har­ri­son Ford received his sec­ond trib­ute from the Fes­ti­val (a third will fol­low in 2009), in a pres­ti­gious line-up along­side Ellen Burstyn, Matt Dil­lon, Robert Evans, John Franken­heimer, and Jer­ry Wein­traub. Doug Liman’s The Bourne Iden­ti­ty, Christo­pher Nolan’s Insom­nia, M. Night Shya­malan’s Signs, and John Woo’s Windtalk­ers pre­miered. Enti­tled “In the Com­pa­ny of Neil LaBute: From Play­writ­ing to Film Direct­ing” the writer, scriptwriter and direc­tor Neil LaBute gave a cin­e­ma Masterclass.

    The Jury

    Pierre Les­cure (Pres­i­dent), Chan­tal Aker­man, Richard Ancon­i­na, Jean-Marc Barr, Charles Berling, Ami­ra Casar, Julie Gayet, Irène Jacob, Cédric Kahn, Bruno Wolkowitch


    Grand Prize : LONG WAY HOME Peter Sollett
    Jury’s Prize (ex-aequo) : Long Island Express­way — Michael Cues­ta & One Hour Pho­to — Mark Romanek
    Crit­ics Award : THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS Rose Troche

  • 2001

    27th edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 2001.
    The Fes­ti­val pre­sent­ed an excep­tion­al (com­plete!) ret­ro­spec­tive of Stan­ley Kubrick’s work, on the occa­sion of the screen­ing of Steven Spiel­berg’s A.I. Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, based on an orig­i­nal adap­ta­tion by Stan­ley Kubrick on which he had worked for near­ly twelve years. Trib­utes were paid to Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Joel Sil­ver and posthu­mous­ly to James Dean; Oliv­er Stone was giv­en “Carte Blanche”. A sym­po­sium was orga­nized around the theme: “The influ­ence of new tech­nolo­gies on cre­ation in future cinema”.

    The Jury

    Jean-Jacques Annaud (Pres­i­dent), San­drine Bon­naire, Mar­i­on Cotil­lard, Gérard Dar­mon, Arielle Dom­basle, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Dar­ius Khond­ji, Benoît Poelvo­orde, Gabriel Yared


    Grand Prize : HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH John Cameron Mitchell
    Jury’s Prize : GHOST WORLD Ter­ry Zwigoff
    Crit­ics prize : HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH John Cameron Mitchell

  • 2000

    26th edition

    From 1st to 10th Sep­tem­ber 2000.
    The Fes­ti­val took it upon itself to pay trib­ute to Hol­ly­wood Musi­cals, in the pres­ence of Leslie Caron, Joel Grey and Mick­ey Rooney. For the third time, the Fes­ti­val hon­oured one of its most faith­ful friends, Clint East­wood, along­side first-time trib­ute recip­i­ents Susan Saran­don, Dino de Lau­ren­tis, Chow Yun-fat (on the occa­sion of the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Amer­i­can film Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Drag­on, direct­ed by Ang Lee) and Samuel L. Jack­son. Deauville wel­comed new tech­nolo­gies in ded­i­cat­ing a day to dig­i­tal cin­e­ma. This year’s event also saw the launch of CanalFes­ti­val, the offi­cial Fes­ti­val tele­vi­sion broadcast.

    The Jury

    Neil Jor­dan (Pres­i­dent), Clotilde Courau, Guil­laume Canet, Tchéky Karyo, Philippe Labro, Samuel Le Bihan, François Ozon, Vin­cent Perez, Danièle Thomp­son, Marie Trintignant


    Grand Prix : GIRLFIGHT Karyn Kusama
    Prix du jury (ex-aequo) : LES INITIÉS (Boil­er Room) Ben Younger & MEMENTO Christo­pher Nolan
    Prix de la cri­tique inter­na­tionale : MEMENTO Christo­pher Nolan

  • 1999

    25th edition

    From 3rd to 12th Sep­tem­ber 1999.
    This year, the Fes­ti­val hon­oured the tal­ents of actors Al Paci­no, Michael Caine, and Robin Williams, direc­tor Ang Lee and com­pos­er Mau­rice Jarre. Robin Williams, more­over, dur­ing his trib­ute, gave the sole press con­fer­ence in the Festival’s his­to­ry that was com­plete­ly untrans­lat­able in any lan­guage! The Cin­e­ma Work­shop fea­tured direc­tor Ran­da Haines. The fes­ti­val­go­ers dis­cov­ered pre­mieres from promis­ing young direc­tors: Spike Jonze, Amos Kollek, Doug Liman, Michael Pol­ish, Marc Levin


    Régis Wargnier (Pres­i­dent), Jean-Hugues Anglade, Hum­bert Bal­san, Richard Berry, Gabriel Byrne, Jean­Pierre Dion­net, Marie Gillain, Michel Houelle­becq, Marie-France Pisi­er, Elsa Zylberstein


    Grand Prize
    Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
    The Jury Prize (ex-aequo)
    Twin Falls Ida­ho — Michael & Mark Polish
    GUINEVERE — Audrey Wells
    Crit­ics Award
    Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze

  • 1998

    24th edition

    From 4th to 13th Sep­tem­ber 1998.
    For its Open­ing, the Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ed the cen­te­nary of the birth of George Gersh­win. The new Short Film com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion was launched but had to be closed down in 2004… due to a lack of com­peti­tors! By way of anec­dote, Michael Dou­glas, to whom the Fes­ti­val was pay­ing trib­ute, met the woman who was to become his wife, Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, in Deauville, where she was pro­mot­ing Mar­tin Camp­bell’s The Mask of Zor­ro. Steven Spiel­berg also came, with his fam­i­ly, to present Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan, of which two sequences had been shot, dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year’s Fes­ti­val, at the near­by Amer­i­can Ceme­tery at Colleville-sur-Mer.


    Jean-Paul Rap­pe­neau (Pres­i­dent), Rus­sell Banks, Mau­rice Bernart, Alessan­dro Gassman, Michèle
    Hal­ber­stadt, San­drine Kiber­lain, Vir­ginie Ledoyen, Ewan McGre­gor, Liam Nee­son, Éric Ser­ra, Christian


    Grand Prize
    Jury Prize
    HIGH ART Lisa Cholodenko

  • 1997

    23rd edition

    From 5th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 1997.
    The Fes­ti­val offered a “Carte Blanche” to direc­tor William Fried­kin, and paid trib­ute to Mor­gan Free­man, John Waters, and Arnold Kopel­son. Sylvester Stal­lone made an appear­ance in Deauville as a sur­prise guest! Those he joined includ­ed Har­ri­son Ford, Roy Schnei­der, Ray Liot­ta, Clau­dia Car­di­nale, William Hurt, Rupert Everett, John Woo…


    Sophie Marceau (Pres­i­dent), Élodie Bouchez, Philippe Car­cas­sonne, Éti­enne Chatiliez, Alain
    Finkielkraut, John Hurt, Michèle Laroque, Nathalie Quin­tane, Inès Sas­tre, Lam­bert Wilson


    The Grand Prize
    SUNDAY Jonathan Nossiter
    The jury Prize (ex-aequo)
    In the Com­pa­ny of Men
    Neil LaBute & ULEE’S GOLD Vic­tor Nunez

  • 1996

    22nd edition

    From 30th August to 8th Sep­tem­ber 1996.
    Bri­an de Pal­ma’s film Mis­sion Impos­si­ble was pre­sent­ed at the Open­ing, fol­lowed, lat­er dur­ing the Fes­ti­val and in a riotous atmos­phere, by Roland Emmerich’s Inde­pen­dence Day. Two trib­utes were paid, one to film­mak­er Abel Fer­rara and the oth­er to pro­duc­er Arnon Milchan. Also in Deauville, were Gena Row­lands, Andie Mac­Dow­ell, Eddie Mur­phy, Kevin Spacey, Kurt Rus­sell, Christo­pher Walken… and Gérard Depar­dieu. The Fes­ti­val staged a “Jazz in Cin­e­ma” ret­ro­spec­tive. Encoun­ters between Amer­i­can direc­tors and scriptwrit­ers and stu­dents from French cin­e­ma schools were orga­nized dur­ing the Fes­ti­val: the new “Cin­e­ma Workshops”.


    Char­lotte Ram­pling (Pres­i­dent), Sabine Azé­ma, René Cleit­man, Dominique Far­ru­gia, Charlotte
    Gains­bourg, Chiara Mas­troian­ni, Lau­ra Morante, Ornel­la Muti, Melvil Poupaud, Alain Rocca


    THE GRAND PRIZE/strong>
    The Daytrip­pers — Greg Mottola
    THE JURY PRIZE (ex-aequo) |
    Wel­come to the Doll­house — Todd Solondz
    The broth­ers Wachowski

  • 1995

    21st edition

    From 1st to 10th Sep­tem­ber 1995.
    Under new man­age­ment by Bruno Barde, the Fes­ti­val opened to Com­pe­ti­tion. The first Jury was chaired by direc­tor Andreï Kon­chalovsky, in com­pa­ny with vice-pres­i­dent actress Anouk Aimée. Pre­vi­ous­ly devot­ed to actors and direc­tors, the Deauville Fes­ti­val Trib­utes would hence­forth also hon­our pro­duc­ers, the key fig­ure of Irwin Win­kler being the first to receive trib­ute. Also on the Board­walk were Jack Nichol­son, Sean Penn, Kevin Cost­ner, and Bil­ly Crys­tal… The Fes­ti­val staged a ret­ro­spec­tive “New York in Cin­e­ma”, in the pres­ence of Robert de Niro. Clint East­wood was giv­en “Carte Blanche” to invite fes­ti­val­go­ers to dis­cov­er his 8 favourite films… all west­erns! A new Fes­ti­val Vil­lage pro­vid­ed space for the event’s part­ners and host­ed press con­fer­ences and pho­to calls. The first Fes­ti­val Grand Prize was award­ed to Tom DiCil­lo’s Liv­ing in Oblivion.

    Le Jury

    Andreï Kontchalovs­ki (Prési­dent), Anouk Aimée (Vice-Prési­dente), Yvan Attal, René Bon­nell, Élie
    Chouraqui, Valérie Kaprisky, Michael Lons­dale, Mathil­da May, Claudie Ossard, Steven Zaillian


    Yhe Grand Prize
    Liv­ing in Obliv­ion — Tom DiCillo
    The jury prize (ex-aequo)
    Denise Calls Up — Hal Salwen
    The Broth­ers McMullen — Edward Burns

  • 1994

    20th edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1994.
    Jack Nichol­son, to whom the Fes­ti­val paid trib­ute, can­celled his trip to Deauville at the last minute. Amongst the oth­ers hon­oured, Van John­son was present, as was James Woods, who came with his moth­er, rapid­ly adopt­ed as a mas­cot by the Fes­ti­val pub­lic! Amongst the wide vari­ety of films pre­viewed were Robert Zemeck­is’s For­rest Gump, James Gray’s Lit­tle Odessa and Chuck Rus­sell’s The Mask. In cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th Anniver­sary of the D‑Day Land­ings, the Fes­ti­val staged a ret­ro­spec­tive enti­tled “Cin­e­ma at Arms: Hol­ly­wood dur­ing the Sec­ond World War” and a pro­gram of war films, “Hol­ly­wood ‘44”.

  • 1993

    19th edition

    From 3rd to 12th Sep­tem­ber 1993.
    Three trib­utes, three pas­sions for cin­e­ma: Jes­si­ca Lange, Richard Fleis­ch­er, and John Malkovich. Tom Cruise was on site! As were Meg Ryan, Rebec­ca de Mor­nay, Angela Bas­sett, Syd­ney Pol­lack, Ben Kings­ley, Matt Dil­lon, Dan­ny Glover, Abel Fer­rara… The Fes­ti­val host­ed the dinosaurs of Steven Spiel­berg’s Juras­sic Park, and skipped blithe­ly from Ang Lee’s The Wed­ding Ban­quet to Syd­ney Pol­lack’s The Firm via Nora Ephron’s Sleep­less in Seattle.

  • 1992

    18th edition

    From 4th to 13th Sep­tem­ber 1992.
    The Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val inau­gu­rat­ed its “Palais des Fes­ti­vals”, the Cen­tre Inter­na­tion­al de Deauville (C.I.D). For the pur­pose of ensur­ing an unfor­get­table “Stars’ Night” for the 17 pres­ti­gious guests of hon­our who had jour­neyed to the Fes­ti­val – amongst them Cyd Charisse, James Coburn, Claudette Col­bert, Bri­an de Pal­ma, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and even Buzz Aldrin (who roamed the beach in his astronaut’s uni­form!) – they each received a piece of Deauville’s Board­walk as a sou­venir. The Fes­ti­val also hon­oured Jack Lem­mon, Paul Schrad­er, Jes­si­ca Tandy, and Hume Cronyn, and got back togeth­er with Whoopi Gold­berg in Emile Ardolino’s Sis­ter Act to the great delight of the public.

  • 1991

    17th edition

    From 30th August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 1991.
    The Fes­ti­val was bereaved… It opened for the first time with­out Lucien Bar­rière and with­out Michel d’Ornano, both of whom passed away a few months before the Fes­ti­val. Esther Williams, Richard Drey­fuss, Mel Fer­rer, John Franken­heimer, Robert Mul­li­gan, John Sayles, and Richard Wid­mark were the pres­ti­gious recip­i­ents of trib­utes. John Tra­vol­ta and actress Kel­ly Pre­ston were hon­ey­moon­ing in Deauville: they were mar­ried in Paris just before arriv­ing at the Fes­ti­val. The Michel d’Ornano Prize was cre­at­ed on the ini­tia­tive of the Motion Pic­ture Asso­ci­a­tion mem­ber com­pa­nies. Ded­i­cat­ed to the mem­o­ry of this for­mer Min­is­ter and May­or of Deauville, the prize ini­tial­ly was to be award­ed to a first French screen­play, and sub­se­quent­ly, after 1998, a first French Film, with the goal of assist­ing in its recog­ni­tion, pro­mo­tion and export.

  • 1990

    16th edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 1990.
    Audi­ences fell under the spell of Ger­ry Mar­shall’s Pret­ty Woman and Jer­ry Zuck­er’s Ghost, and their stars, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Gold­berg. In their pres­ence, the Fes­ti­val hon­oured Jane Rus­sell, Sid­ney Lumet, Robert Duvall, John Boor­man, Richard Cham­ber­lain, and John Voigt and, for the cin­e­ma indus­try, the pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny Amer­i­can Play­house, the Uni­ver­sal stu­dios’ 75 years. «Bugs Bun­ny is 50 years old!» — the Fes­ti­val joined in the half cen­tu­ry cel­e­bra­tions by pro­vid­ing free acces­si­ble screen­ings of over 200 films from Warn­er Bros.

  • 1989

    15th edition

    From 1st to 10th Sep­tem­ber 1989.
    The fes­ti­val­go­ers put all the pas­sion in their cin­e­ma-lov­ing hearts by wel­com­ing stars receiv­ing trib­ute: Lau­ren Bacall and Kim Novak, along­side Ben Gaz­zara, Robert Mitchum, and George Roy Hill. They gave a tri­umphant recep­tion to Rob Rein­er’s When Har­ry Met Sal­ly. The Audi­ence Prize was award­ed for the first time, going to Paul Bog­a­rt’s Torch Song Tril­o­gy. The insti­tu­tion receiv­ing trib­ute this year was UCLA Film and Tele­vi­sion Archive (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia in Los Ange­les). On the ini­tia­tive of Unifrance, a Fran­co-Amer­i­can sym­po­sium was orga­nized on the theme of «What type of Euro­pean Cin­e­ma works in the Unit­ed States?».

  • 1988

    14th edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1988.
    The fes­ti­val­go­ers were wel­comed into an entire­ly ren­o­vat­ed Casi­no cin­e­ma. On the occa­sion of «Six­ty Years of the Oscars» trib­ute, and in the pres­ence of Charles «Bud­dy» Rogers (the first Amer­i­can actor to win an Oscar), the silent film Wings by William A. Well­man (1927, the first film to win an Oscar) was screened in Deauville with a pianist on stage play­ing the film music live. The cin­e­ma VIP’s to whom the Fes­ti­val wished to pay trib­ute this year were Claudette Col­bert, Ann-Mar­garet, George Syd­ney, William Fried­kin, and Jonathan Demme. The fes­ti­val­go­ers dis­cov­ered pre­views of Amer­i­can films that would go on to become box office hits, among them Charles Crich­ton’s A Fish called Wan­da, John McTier­nan’s Die Hard and Bar­ry Levin­son’s Good Morn­ing Vietnam.

  • 1987

    13th edition

    From 5th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 1987.
    The star Bette Davis, who was in Deauville for the first time at the age of 79, was giv­en a tri­umphant recep­tion at the Fes­ti­val and from fes­ti­val­go­ers. The Fes­ti­val also paid trib­ute to Rita Hay­worth, who passed away a few months ear­li­er, and was rep­re­sent­ed in Deauville by her daugh­ter, the Princess Yas­min Aga Khan. The oth­ers receiv­ing trib­ute were Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine, Dou­glas Fair­banks Jr., Stew­art Granger, Robert Par­rish, and Bri­an de Pal­ma. Fur­ther trib­utes were paid to Hollywood’s 100 years («Hol­ly­wood Cel­e­brates its Cen­te­nary – Leg­ends and Real­i­ty») and the 20th anniver­sary of Stu­dio Action, the Parisian the­atre spe­cial­iz­ing in «Anglo-Sax­on» cin­e­ma. A new «Coup de Coeur» prize, award­ed by the press or audi­ences, and spon­sored by the LTC lab­o­ra­to­ry, would hence­forth hail inde­pen­dent cinema.

  • 1986

    12th edition

    From 6th to 14th Sep­tem­ber 1986.
    Accord­ing to French Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Philippe Léo­tard, present in Deauville, the Fes­ti­val was «a suc­cess, an inevitable dia­logue between our cul­tures». The pro­gram was par­tic­u­lar­ly abun­dant and eclec­tic, both in the trib­utes paid (Tony Cur­tis, James Coburn, Paul Mazursky, June Allyson, Jean Neg­ule­sco, Richard Brooks, and Alan Rudolph) and in the films pre­mier­ing (Steven Spiel­berg’s The Colour Pur­ple, Tony Scott’s Top Gun and James Cameron’s Aliens). The Michel Audi­ard Prize was award­ed to Gérard Kraw­czyk’s French Film Je hais les acteurs.

  • 1985

    11th edition

    From 7th to 15th Sep­tem­ber 1985.
    The star of all stars was here at last! Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor, to whom the Fes­ti­val paid an excep­tion­al trib­ute, arrived for four days in Deauville, with… 270 kilo­grams of lug­gage! Trib­utes were also paid to Deb­bie Reynolds, Robert Wise, Alan Jay Lern­er and Jerome Kern, as well as the Amer­i­can Film Insti­tute (AFI), the first Amer­i­can insti­tu­tion in the his­to­ry of the Fes­ti­val to be hon­oured by a trib­ute. Robert Zemeck­is’s Back to the Future and Ron Howard’s Cocoon fea­tured on the year’s playbill.

  • 1984

    10th edition

    From 31st August to 9th Sep­tem­ber 1984.
    The Fes­ti­val paid trib­ute to Shel­ley Win­ters, George Stevens Jr. and Rock Hud­son and pre­viewed Joe Dante’s Grem­lins: this time around, delight­ed fes­ti­val­go­ers jour­neyed back into child­hood, laugh­ing and cheer­ing, fin­ish­ing with thun­der­ous applause! This year’s selec­tion also includ­ed Steven Spiel­berg’s Indi­ana Jones and the Tem­ple of Doom, Albert Mag­no­li’s Pur­ple Rain, the Coen brother’s Blood Sim­ple and Ron Howard’s Splash. For the 40th Anniver­sary of D‑Day the Fes­ti­val also fea­tured a ret­ro­spec­tive of Sec­ond World War films.

  • 1983

    9th edition

    From 3rd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1983.
    For the first time, the Fes­ti­val host­ed 70mm screen­ings. The young fes­ti­val­go­ers gave a tri­umphant wel­come to Adri­an Lyne’s musi­cal Flash­dance: they demand­ed a sec­ond screen­ing and refused to leave the cin­e­ma, lead­ing to the Fes­ti­val management’s request for an inter­ven­tion by the secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. In the com­pa­ny of Joan Fontaine, Hen­ry Hath­away, Lee Mar­vin, Arlene Dahl and James Mason, to whom the Fes­ti­val was pay­ing trib­ute that year, Deauville wel­comed the French artists Claude Brasseur, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Carmet, Vic­tor Lanoux, Gérard Oury and Michel Blanc.

  • 1982

    8th edition

    From 4th to 12th Sep­tem­ber 1982.
    In wit­ness to their fond­ness for the Fes­ti­val, Gene Kel­ly, Richard Brooks, Har­ri­son Ford, Joseph Mankiewicz, Geral­dine Chap­lin, Nor­man Mail­er and Car­o­line de Mona­co were present on the Boardwalk…along with Cyd Charisse, Robert Alt­man, Carl Fore­man, Charl­ton Hes­ton and Mervyn LeRoy for the trib­utes hon­our­ing them. After the USA and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the film at the cul­mi­na­tion of the Fes­ti­val de Cannes (the very last screen­ing in the for­mer Palais des Fes­ti­vals!), and three months pri­or to its open­ing in France, it was Deauville’s turn to fall under the charm of E.T. Along­side Stephen Spielberg’s film, the Fes­ti­val pre­viewed Tay­lor Hackford’s An Offi­cer and a Gen­tle­man, Rid­ley Scott’s Blade Run­ner and Blake Edward’s Vic­tor, Vic­to­ria.

  • 1981

    7th edition

    From 5th to 13th Sep­tem­ber 1981.
    Lana Turn­er, Joseph Mankiewicz, Arthur Penn, Sean Con­nery and Gene Hack­man hon­oured Deauville with their pres­ence, reflect­ing the trib­ute offered to them by the Fes­ti­val. The not­ed absence from the new Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Jack Lang sparked con­tro­ver­sy. Fes­ti­val­go­ers greet­ed Raiders of the Lost Ark with enthu­si­asm – in the pres­ence of Har­ri­son Ford – as they did Mar­tin Scors­ese’s New York, New York, but lost the plot amidst the swirling vapors of Poly­ester, the first (and only!) film pre­sent­ed in «Odora­ma».

  • 1980

    6th edition

    From 5th to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1980.
    The actor Dan­ny Kaye opened the Fes­ti­val offi­cial­ly, arriv­ing on the Casi­no cinema’s stage on all fours, with­out a word said but with a loud blast on a whis­tle! Elia Kazan, to whom the Fes­ti­val was pay­ing trib­ute, can­celled his atten­dance fol­low­ing the death of his wife, the direc­tor Bar­bara Loden, whose film Wan­da was screened at the Fes­ti­val on the very day she died. The oth­ers receiv­ing trib­utes that year were Dan­ny Kaye, Glenn Ford, Yul Bryn­ner and, for his first trib­ute, Clint East­wood. The heads of 35 major Hol­ly­wood stu­dios held their gov­ern­ing board meet­ings in Deauville, dur­ing the Festival.

  • 1979

    5th edition

    From 2nd to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1979.
    The Roll of hon­our of those receiv­ing trib­ute at this Fes­ti­val was high­ly pres­ti­gious: William Wyler, Burt Lan­cast­er, Stan­ley Donan and Stan­ley Kramer. A sym­po­sium on the eco­nom­ics of Amer­i­can Cin­e­ma was orga­nized by the Fes­ti­val, in the pres­ence of Jack Valen­ti, Chair­man of the MPAA (Motion Pic­ture Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­ca, the pow­er­ful Amer­i­can cin­e­mato­graph­ic indus­try syn­di­cate) and faith­ful friend to both the Fes­ti­val and Deauville.

  • 1978

    4th edition

    From 4th to 10th Sep­tem­ber 1978.
    The star Glo­ria Swan­son came to Deauville! The Fes­ti­val paid her an excep­tion­al trib­ute, along­side King Vidor, Kirk Dou­glas and Nor­man Jew­i­son. On the fringes of these trib­utes, the Fes­ti­val decid­ed to « tip it’s hat » to one of the tal­ents of Amer­i­can 7th Art. And in the great tra­di­tion of silent cin­e­ma, it staged an excep­tion­al screen­ing of The Crowd, direct­ed by King Vidor in 1928, with cre­ation and impro­vi­sa­tion on stage of the film’s music by vio­lin­ist Ivry Giltis. The Fes­ti­val cul­mi­nat­ed in a fren­zy with Grease, in the pres­ence of its young actors, includ­ing an actor-dancer of promis­ing tal­ent: John Tra­vol­ta. For the first time, the orga­niz­ers were oblig­ed to resign them­selves to engag­ing body­guards to ensure the per­son­al safe­ty of the vis­it­ing Amer­i­can stars.

  • 1977

    3rd edition

    From 5th to 11th Sep­tem­ber 1977.
    Anne d’Ornano suc­ceed­ed her hus­band, Michel d’Ornano, as May­or of Deauville. «Hol­ly­wood has found itself an orchard in Nor­mandy» as she fetch­ing­ly put it dur­ing the Festival’s open­ing cer­e­mo­ny. Under impe­tus from Lionel Chouchan, the Fes­ti­val inno­vat­ed and decid­ed hence­forth to «pay trib­ute»: Gre­go­ry Peck, Vin­cente Minel­li and Syd­ney Pol­lack were present on the Board­walk on this occa­sion. How­ev­er, Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor, to whom the Fes­ti­val had decid­ed to present the finest of trib­utes, can­celled her trip to Deauville at the last minute. The screen­ing of the film Star Wars saw the Festival’s first big rush. And enthu­si­as­tic audi­ences fell under the spell of the char­ac­ter Annie Hall in Woody Allen’s film, which pre­miered at the Festival.

  • 1976

    2nd edition

    From 31st August to 5th Sep­tem­ber 1976. 
    The Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ed the bicen­te­nary of The Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion. It decid­ed to launch a new lit­er­ary prize, The Lucien Bar­rière Prize for Lit­er­a­ture, award­ed every year dur­ing The Deauville Film Fes­ti­val to an Amer­i­can author. The first auc­tion of film posters was also staged. This became one of the Festival’s tra­di­tions over sub­se­quent years.

  • 1975

    1st edition

    From 2nd to 7th Sep­tem­ber 1975. 
    The Deauville Fes­ti­val of Amer­i­can Cin­e­ma was born, thanks specif­i­cal­ly to the deter­mi­na­tion of the May­or, Michel d’Ornano, for estab­lish­ing the event in Deauville, and to the sup­port lent by Lucien Bar­rière and his group in pro­vid­ing a lux­u­ri­ous set­ting for the new fes­ti­val. It imme­di­ate­ly con­quered the hearts of the pub­lic at large even if the Amer­i­can stars were to wait a few years before gath­er­ing there every year at the end of the Sum­mer. In the words of Lionel Chouchan and André Hal­i­mi, the orga­niz­ers and direc­tors of the new fes­ti­val, its goal was to «show films that only a few priv­i­leged – amazed or aston­ished – peo­ple had dis­cov­ered, in New York or Los Ange­les, to French audi­ences, with­out exclu­sion, bar­ri­ers or bias».

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