The Deauville American Film Festival’s 42nd edition ended Saturday night September 10th. A total of 14 films were in competition for this prizes. Little Men (Brooklyn Village), by Ira Sachs won the Grand Prize.
Little Men is a drama which tells the story of a family that inherits a house in Brooklyn. The ground floor is occupied by a dressmaker's shop run by a Latin American woman.
The blossoming friendship between Tony and Jake - the two young boys from the two families - is put at risk when the new owners realize that Leonor's rent is far below what it should be… (In cinemas: 21 September)
The Jury Prize went to two movies with an ironic view on the American way of life: Captain Fantastic by Matt Ross and Wiener-Dog (Le Teckel) by Todd Solondz.
Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen , tells the story of a father who has been raising his six children away from civilization in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. But a tragedy forced him to reintegrate society with his family.
This film received also the City of Deauville Audience Award. (In cinemas: 12 October)
Wiener-Dog follows the adventures of a dachshund that passes from owner to owner. The film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by this dog which spreads a certain kind of comfort and joy.
The film also received the Kiehl’s Revelation prize. (In cinemas: 19 October)
The Critic’s Prize went to The Fits by Anna Rose Holmer (in cinemas: 11 January 2017).
“Willy 1er,” directed by Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier and Hugo P. Thomas, won the d’Ornano-Valenti Award.
The festival’s highlights included the Hollywood Rising Stars award galas for Chloe Grace Moretz and Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel Radcliffe also premiered his new film, “Imperium” which centers on an undercover FBI agent who gets involved with white-supremacist groups. The next day, Daniel met fans at the unveiling of his dedicated beach locker room on the Promenade des Planches.
Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. © Eric McNatt