Deauville tribute to Williams

Star was a friend of the Festival over the years.

by Richard Mowe

Robin Williams and director Peter Kassovitz at the 25th Deauville Film Festival in 1999 to present Jacob The Liar
Robin Williams and director Peter Kassovitz at the 25th Deauville Film Festival in 1999 to present Jacob The Liar

The Deauville American Film Festival will pay special homage to Robin Williams, who was a visitor to the event over the years.

Williams' visits to the Normandy festival n 1988 for the premiere of Good Morning Vietnam and in 1999 for Jacob The Liar were "unforgettable," said the organisers.

Bruno Barde, the event's director, said he had "lost an old friend" with the actor's suicide.

The precise nature of the tribute to Williams will be detailed on 20 August when the Festival's final line-up is unveiled. The organisers had in fact invited him for the coming edition but had not received a response.

The Festival already has announced career tributes to Will Ferrell and Jessica Chastain.

The 40th anniversary edition of the Deauville festival runs from 5 to 14 September.

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