REEL DEAL: Paris is giving Deauville a run for its money. The inaugural edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival will run from June 6 to 12, showcasing a selection of French and American independent movies ahead of their Gallic release dates, in addition to films nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. “As Paris’ first truly international film festival, our mission is to create a bridge between the independent American and French film industries,” said Sophie Dulac, president of the festival. The Deauville American Film Festival, launched in 1975, has traditionally been the venue of choice for American filmmakers showing their productions in France.
Michael Madsen will be the U.S. representative of the Champs-Elysées festival, with Lambert Wilson doing the honors for France. The movie lineup will include Richard Linklater’s “Bernie,” Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding” and the Matthew Akers documentary “Marina Abramovic: the Artist Is Present.” The event will pay tribute to Harvey Weinstein on June 6 and screen a selection of his films in a retrospective.
Donald Sutherland will host a screening of “Klute,” the 1971 Alan Pakula-directed movie in which he co-starred with Jane Fonda. The actor, seen recently in “The Hunger Games,” will receive the medal of Commander of Arts and Letters from French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand.