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Hollywood stars wow Deauville

Travolta, Cage, Blanchett and Douglas head for the red carpet at French seaside film festival

HOLLYWOOD stars John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Cate Blanchett and Michael Douglas will tread the red carpet at the 39th Deauville film festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

The Normandy seaside resort's annual celebration of American films will open with the screening of Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra", which stars Douglas as flamboyant entertainer Liberace, who died of Aids in 1987.

In all, 14 films are vying for the festival's Grand Prize, with the jury presided over by French actor Vincent Lindon. The winner will be announced on September 7 and festival organisers say the films delve into "the roots of rural America looking for meaning to life."

Among the movies are "Fruitvale Station" by director Ryan Coogler - which competed in the Cannes Film Festival and won at Sundance – plus Robert Redford in "All is Lost".

Travolta will talk about "Killing Season", in which he stars with Robert De Niro, while Blanchett will promote Woody Allen's latest "Blue Jasmine", which she stars in with Alec Baldwin.

The festival will also screen a number of documentaries, such as "Dancing in Jaffa" about a project to bring Palestinian and Israeli children together to dance and overcome political and cultural differences.

"Inequality for All", meanwhile, follows former US president Bill Clinton's first labour secretary Robert Reich, who is convinced that a rising income gap in the United States is one of the most serious threats to the economy and democracy.
© AFP/Connexion Photo: ©Home Box-Office

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