2018 Deauville American Film Festival winners

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 11 September 2018 > What's On

For this 44th edition the Grand Prize goes to THUNDER ROAD and two Jury Prizes have been awarded to AMERICAN ANIMALS and NIGHT COMES ON.

Who are the winners of the 2018 Deauville American Film Festival?

The Jury has given the following awards:

Grand Prize


By Jim Cummings

The story of Jimmy Arnaud, a Texan police officer trying to raise his child as best as he can. A tragicomic portrait of a failing figure of authority in America.

Jim Cummings wrote, directed and stars in the film. He won an award at Sundance in 2016 for his short film, which was in fact the first scene of the movie: the policeman gives an unorthodox eulogy at his mother's funeral and sings Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road", which his mother used to sing to him. Following this success, Cummings launched a crowdfunding appeal to help make the full-length film.

The film is on general release on 12 September.


Jury Prize



By Bart Layton

Four college friends loathe the idea of living ordinary lives and brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. As the daring theft unfolds through each of the friends' perspectives, the boys begin to question whether their search for identity, adventure and a “special” life is misguided or right. By the time they know the answer, it's too late and they have crossed a line that should never have been crossed…


By Jordana Spiro

Eighteen-year-old Angel leaves her several years stint in juvenile detention and can get her life back. Her only wish is to hit the reset button on her and her little sister's life. But will she confess her secret dark plan?

The Louis Roederer Fondation Revelation Prize goes to


By Jeremiah Zagar

Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own…


Critic’s Prize


by Carlos López Estrada

Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles, work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men's friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Oakland they grew up in.

The film will be on general release on 3 October.

The City of Deauville Audience Award


By Marc Turtletaub

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban New York mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined…

The Lucien Barrière Literary Award :

John Grisham for his novel Camino Island.