No. 294: Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville
Moseying along the red ironwood boardwalk today, I finally decided to look up why the beach cabins lining the walkway are named after American actors and directors. What I discovered is that each cabana is named for an American cinema icon who has attended the resort’s Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville.
The festival began in the mid-1970s and was first created to “prolong the summer and illuminate the boardwalk with starlight…”
According to the festival’s website, which could use a bit of English editing…the Deauville American Cinema Festival has been the ephemeral site where young and rising American directors are discovered and acknowledged. A space for films where dreams come to life, nurturing the coalescence of the collective imagination linked to the greatest cinematography in the world: yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s projected on the big screen; a whole industry and its stars and its legends. This is the America of the cinema: this is American Cinema.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the festival and, boy howdy, I would love to go. It is the only film festival in the world that offers the general film-loving public 10-day, 24/24 access to every film screened.
Hmm…I feel a girls’ week brewing!
Very interesting! That does sound like a great girls’ weekend!
I am nutty for the cinema and have really enjoyed this part of France…it would be the perfect girls’ getaway.
But have dates been announced for 2015 yet ?
I need to look into it. Wish I was gonna be in France in September.
Great photo !