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Deauville American Film Festival

Clint Eastwood laisse un autographe au C.I.D
Autographe Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood en 1992
Festival de Deauville 1992 Clint Eastwood Photo Jacques Benaroche-Sipa

The Deauville American Film Festival: The birth of an internationally renowned event

André Halimi and Lionel Chouchan dreamed of organ­iz­ing an Amer­ic­an Film Fest­iv­al… Michel d’Or­nano — May­or of Deau­ville and Lucien Bar­rière — CEO of the Lucien Bar­rière Group — were look­ing for a way to attract tour­ists to Deau­ville bey­ond the sum­mer sea­son… These four illus­tri­ous char­ac­ters were made to get along! In 1975, the Deau­ville Amer­ic­an Film Fest­iv­al was born.
The cre­ation of the HOMAGE sec­tion attrac­ted the first Amer­ic­an celebrit­ies. This “star catch­er”, as Lionel Chouchan called it, allowed Gregory Peck, Vin­cente Min­nel­li and Sydney Pol­lack to roll out the red car­pet in 1977… The dream of a world-renowned fest­iv­al became a real­ity in Deau­ville, on the Côte Fleur­ie in Normandy.

To the Deau­ville Amer­ic­an Film Fest­iv­al website

“Hol­ly­wood has found an orch­ard in Nor­mandy,” Anne d’Or­nano sums up nicely.
  • Monica Bellucci sur le tapis rouge en 2007
  • Sylvester Stallone en 1997
  • Ana de Armas lors du Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville en 2022

The Festival inaugurates its Palais des Festivals

The CID Deau­ville Con­ven­tion Cen­ter is built between the Nor­mandy Hotel, the Bar­rière Casino and the sea. To pre­serve the beauty of the water­front, its struc­ture is mostly loc­ated below sea level. To achieve this archi­tec­tur­al feat, 160,000 m³ of sand were extrac­ted, so that the glass roof of the con­ven­tion cen­ter does not exceed 3.50m in height. 18,000m² of spaces entirely ded­ic­ated to the organ­iz­a­tion of pro­fes­sion­al events were designed: meet­ing rooms, exhib­i­tion halls, aud­it­or­i­ums, multi-pur­pose spaces… To give life to events from 60 to 5,000 par­ti­cipants.
On Septem­ber 5, 1992, fest­iv­al-goers flocked to the doors of the Michel d’Or­nano aud­it­or­i­um at the Pal­ais des Con­grès. Many Amer­ic­an celebrit­ies were present, led by Clint East­wood, to inaug­ur­ate the Centre Inter­na­tion­al de Deauville.

Le chantier lors de la construction du C.I.D
“The CID Deau­ville is like an ocean liner with only the super­struc­ture pro­trud­ing”. Patrick Le Gosles, Archi­tect of the CID Deauville
Les planches de la plage de Deauville
Les Planches © Patrice Le Bris

The cabins of the Deauville Boardwalk, symbols of a legendary festival

Since the 1990s, the names of the most fam­ous act­ors and dir­ect­ors invited to the Deau­ville Amer­ic­an Film Fest­iv­al have been painted on the lices of the cab­ins along the prom­en­ade des Planches. Each year, the honored celebrit­ies inaug­ur­ate their cab­ins on the beach, a sym­bol­ic moment that links them to the City of Deau­ville. As you stroll along the 643 meters of the Planches de Deau­ville, you will be able to read no less than 200 names of the biggest stars who came to the Deau­ville Amer­ic­an Film Fest­iv­al.

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