Sex, politics and rock’n’roll: the Deauville Festival wants to wake up the back-to-school season

But where have the American blockbusters gone? Taking a look at the summer box office in France, dominated by Kaamelott, OSS 117 and North Bac, we realize that the studios are still reluctant to launch their expensive blockbusters in a still uncertain market. The Deauville Festival, whose 47th edition begins this evening, is adapting to this new situation by offering a best of independent production for the months to come. And by opening its programming to world cinema with a selection of gems from the last Cannes Film Festival, still unseen in theaters. This does not mean that the stars will be absent, on the contrary …

“Boycotted” by Hollywood in his own words, following his personal setbacks, Johnny Depp will be the big attraction of the weekend. The ex-Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean, 58 years old will present on Sunday City of Lies by Brad Furman, a thriller filmed in 2017 before the profession turned its back on him. Proof that the more rock’n’roll comedian of his generation still arouses tremendous enthusiasm, the public meeting to which he agreed to participate this next Saturday is sold out for several days.

Oliver Stone still obsessed with JFK

Sean Penn retained on a filming complicated by the Covid, his daughter Dylan will be in Deauville on Saturday to defend Flag Day and receive the New Hollywood Award. In this film already presented on the Croisette last May, and which will be released in theaters on September 29, she plays a young journalist fascinated by her father, a mythomaniac swindler who made the headlines in the 1990s. we would have loved to hear his illustrious dad commenting on international news, another “rebel” of American cinema will undoubtedly take care of it.

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30 years after his JFK with Kevin Costner, director Oliver Stone will come to defend JFK The investigation, a documentary based on the last declassified documents concerning the assassination of the American president in Dallas, in 1963. From one era to another, Deauville will also lift the veil on The State of Texas vs. Melissa, an investigation into the first Hispanic woman sentenced to death in US history. After having confessed in police custody to the mistreatment that led to the death of her two-year-old daughter, she has been claiming her innocence for almost a decade.

On the competition side, the jury chaired by Charlotte Gainsbourg has some wonders to chew on, starting with Pleasure, Ninja Thyberg’s film which portrays a young Swedish girl who arrives in LA to become a porn star. Feminist activist, opposed to porn, the filmmaker has investigated for many months in California to stick as close as possible to reality this sulphurous industry. And according to the first echoes, the performance of the actress Sofia Kappel is bluffing. French release scheduled for October 20.

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Absent on the boards, Nicolas Cage should be talked about with Pig, a drama by Michael Sarnoski in which the actor – perhaps even more destroy What Johnny Depp discusses – plays an Oregon truffle hunter whose favorite pig is kidnapped, forcing his owner to face a painful past. Across the Atlantic, critics cite the actor’s best performance for ages. The film will be released in France on October 27.

From the last Cannes Film Festival, Deauville will present this Friday Stillwater by Tom McCarthy, with Matt Damon and Camille Cottin, but also The divide, the film Catherine Corsini with Pio Marmaï in a yellow vest, admitted to a hospital on the verge of a nervous breakdown one evening of a demonstration. But also A hero by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, Julie (in 12 chapters) by Joachim Trier and Compartment 6 by Juo Kuosmanen, all awarded on the Croisette. Or Red Rocket by Sean Baker, the story of a porn actor who returns to his native Texas after failing in the trade. Almost the antithesis of Pleasure, in short.

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Highlight of the show, next Friday, the screening of Dune by Denis Villeneuve, THE big back-to-school production, after almost a year of waiting and postponements due to the pandemic. After the cult nanar of David Lynch, this new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s SF novel is carried by a cast to die for, Timothée Chalamet in the lead. Will it manage to dethrone our good old French films from the top of the box office when it comes out on September 15?

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