The American Film Festival has taken place in the French seaside resort of Deauville every year in late summer since 1975. Even last year it took place despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with measures to social distancing in place.
This year is no different, and while the 47th iteration kicked off on Friday, through Sunday a host of glamorous stars descended on the popular Normandy holiday destination where red carpet events and screenings galore occur.
The festival celebrates the best of American cinema, from big blockbusters to powerhouse indies, and Hollywood is in full force this year. Fifty-three films in eight categories will be screened in total.
Firsts like Tom McCarthy’s Still water, that of Sean Penn flag day and Asghar Farhadi A hero will be screened, as well as that of Denis Villeneuve Dunes, with Timothée Chalamet, whose world premiere took place on Friday at the Venice Film Festival.
This year, the festival has also launched a section dedicated to French anticipation cinema, for which it has partnered with Cannes to present films screened on the Croisette.
Documentaries to be screened include Jim Carrey, America Unmasked, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass and The State of Texas vs. Melissa, which tells the story of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman on death row in Texas, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. After 10 years of waiting, she now faces her last call.
A special screening from 1967 In cold blood by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Truman Capote, will also take place. It chronicles the mission of finding two ex-convicts who murdered a farming family in Kansas, before escaping to Mexico.
Stars making appearances at this year’s festival include Johnny Depp, Oliver Stone, Clemence Poesy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and New Hollywood Award winner Dylan Penn.
Take a look at the gallery above to see images of stars on the red carpets in Deauville.
Update: September 6, 2021, 8:50 a.m.