Vanessa Paradis attends the opening ceremony at 46th Deauville American Film Festival on September 04, 2020 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)
There’s a kind of surreal quality right now in regards to anything that actually, you know…takes place. Major concert tours, art fairs like Frieze, Basel, as well as our beloved Fashion Weeks, have all been shut down by this coronavirus crisis—and no one is really quite sure when the culture of culture will again resume in full.
So the reality of someone pulling off an actual event is both admirable, and a little head-spinning at once. But the 46th Annual Deauville American Film Festival, in the French beach town of the same name, is indeed taking place at this very moment. Officially opening this past weekend, and carrying on until the 13th, it is a veritable thrill to just once again take in images of the famous and fabulous (and glamorously attired) traversing a red carpet, as was the case with this year’s President of the Deauville Festival Jury, one Vanessa Paradis—who was looking smashing in head-to-toe Chanel. The exalted fashion house, known for vigorously supporting the arts, had signed on as an official sponsor in 2019, and re-upped this year.
Ana Girardot attends the opening ceremony at 46th Deauville American Film Festival on September 04, 2020 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)
Notably, with the Cannes Film Festival having been cancelled in May, Deauville this year is featuring a Cannes 2020 sidebar, with several films being screened that did not get their chance at the industry’s most glittering annual event. The list includes Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country; Lucas Belvaux’s Home Front; Yeon Sang-ho’s Peninsula; Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil; Charlène Favier’s Slalom; and Jonathan Nossiter’s Last Words, with a cast including Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Rampling.
Amongst American films, Miranda July’s Kajillonnaire is prominently being featured.
“The host of one of France’s oldest film festivals will exceptionally take on the guise of la Croisette in this most unique year for cinema,” explains Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux. “We are immensely pleased by the hospitality extended to us to screen films from the Official Selection on the Deauville boardwalk.”
As for star power, the 2019 edition drew the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Depp, Pierce Brosnan and Kristen Stewart. But travel restrictions presented obvious difficulties for many this year. Still, the French were out in force, with Ana Girardot and Astrid Berges-Frisbey joining Paradis for flashy photo ops.
Chanel’s involvement actually runs deep, as not only was founder Gabrielle (Coco) intensely involved with Hollywood style—in her day dressing the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson—but Deauville, which was the height of chic and high society in the early 20th Century, was where she actually launched her fashion empire. If you didn’t already know.
Astrid Berges-Frisbey attends the opening ceremony at 46th Deauville American Film Festival on September 04, 2020 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)