The Deauville Festival will be without Natalie Portman and Peter Dinklage

The Deauville Festival will be without Natalie Portman and Peter Dinklage

Jude Law and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have also canceled due to the actors’ strike in Hollywood.

American Film Festival and strike in Hollywood do not mix. Deauville could hardly escape an edition turned upside down by the unprecedented social movement taking place on the other side of the Atlantic. It has now been 5 weeks since the main union of American actors (SAG-AFTRA) and its 160,000 members ceased all activity. No more filming, promotion and… red carpets. Natalie Portman therefore canceled its visit to Normandy.

The actress was to receive a Deauville Talent Award, a symbolic prize to reward her entire career, which began thirty years ago. She was notably invited for her next film, May-December (with Julianne Moore). Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Cyrano) was to receive this same prize, and present she came to me, in which he co-stars with Anne Hathaway. He won’t be part of it after all.

The Festival confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Jude Law will not be present either. The latter was to present the opening film, The Queen’s Gamein which he plays Henry VIII, alongside Alicia Vikander in the skin of the king’s wife, Catherine Parr.

“The festival supports the rallying of actors to the writers’ strike, although it suffers the consequences”, is it written in an official press release from the Deauville Festival. Despite the disclaimers, “we maintain programming and ceremonies in their honor”is added.

“The main thing remains the works, the public will be able to discover them and meet the directors, the majority of whom will be present. We will notably count among us Todd Haynes, Rebecca Miller, Sophie Barthes… Twenty-four directors, including twelve in competition, will walk the red carpet in Deauville. Without forgetting Jerry Schatzberg, to whom Guillaume Canet will pay tribute”, the statement said. The director ofAsterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom will be president of the Jury for this 49th edition.

Meetings will also take place, in particular with Carole Bouquet, who will discuss her vision of American cinema by evoking her experiences and collaborations, but also Luc Besson. Kyle Eastwood, musician and actor behind the soundtrack of Invictus and Gran Torino will also make the trip. Clint Eastwood’s son will be present for the documentary’s preview screening Eastwood Symphonic: A Family Affairby Fabien Raymond and Pierre Carron.

The Deauville Festival will be held from September 1 to 10.

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