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Deauville – The French – and American Films Festival

The rather sedate coastal resort of Deauville (14 Calvados, Normandie) hosts an annual American Films Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain) 6 – 15  September 2019.

American Film Festival poster

American Film Festival poster

The Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville is a film competition showcasing American productions. The seaside resort welcomes a glittering parade of celebrities and filmmakers. The program includes an interesting mix of big studio productions, indie films, shorts and documentaries.

The French have a rather schizophrenic approach to Hollywood- often disparaging it for its sometimes reckless pursuit of profit and the box office, and comparing less well against the supposedly more “artistic” and philosophical films made by the French. Many US films are dubbed into French, whereas few French films are screened outside France – a notable exception being the Oscar-winning silent movie “The Artist” Yet there is a large minority of the French who love all things American, especially their movies and movie stars. It is no accident that other than the Oscars etc, France hosts one of the glitziest Film Festivals in Cannes each year. Deauville is an elegant resort with a famous Casino and is popular with well-heeled Parisians being about 2 hrs from Paris. It is known as  “queen of the Norman beaches”!

Yacht Hotel Saphir, Deauville

Yacht Hotel Saphir, Deauville

For more info on the Deauville American Films Festival see www.festival-deauville.com

Check out best rates for hotels in Deauville or for something rather different stay on the yacht Saphir docked in the port of Deauville with 5 air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms!

Les Manoirs de Tourgéville

A few kilometres outside the town in rolling countryside is the Hotel Les Manoirs de Tourgéville set in beautiful parkland and offering many comforts including large indoor heated pool and in addition to the main building  there are  five timber Norman manors.

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