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2022 Deauville Film Festival: War Pony, Aftersun & Emily the Criminal in Competition

2022 Deauville Film Festival: War Pony, Aftersun & Emily the Criminal in Competition

With only a trio of films from this year’s Sundance Dramatic Comp selected, this year’s Deauville Film Festival has lassoed American indie films from a little bit everywhere. The competition of thirteen films dates back to last year’s TIFF (with Montana Story) to more recent fare with well-received trio from Cannes with The Silent Twins, War Pony and one of the best critically received films on the Croisette this year with Charlotte Welles’ Aftersun (featured in the image above). The 48th edition takes place pretty much at the same time as the Venice Film Festival – from September 2nd to the 11th.

The jury is comprised of Arnaud Desplechin, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Pierre Deladonchamps, Léa Drucker, Yasmina Khadra, Alex Lutz, Marine Vacth and Sophie Letourneur – who we thought might be ready to premiere Voyages en Italie in 2022 – but will likely push that into 2023. Other films will be unveiled in the weeks to come. Here are the thirteen comp films.

1-800-HOT-NITE by Nick Richey
AFTERSUN by Charlotte Wells – 1st film
DUAL by Riley Stearns
EMILY THE CRIMINAL by John Patton Ford – 1st film
MONTANA STORY by Scott McGehee & David Siegel
OVER/UNDER by Sophia Silver – 1st film
PALM TREES AND POWER LINES by Jamie Dack – 1st film
SCRAP by Vivian Kerr – 1st film
STAY AWAKE by Jamie Sisley – 1st film
THE SILENT TWINS by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
WAR PONY by Gina Gammell & Riley Keough – 1st film
WATCHER by Chloe Okuno – 1st film

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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