Serenity to premiere in France at the 31st Deauville American Film Festival on Sept. 3 at 3:00pm per Universal International Pictures (UIP) official web site (under "les news" on the right-hand side of the home page)
Sorry, this is all in French; let me know if anyone needs a translation.
This is a very popular film festival in France (second only to Cannes!). It is a launching pad for both independent and studio movies in Europe (See this 2004 Hollywood Reporter article). This is the festival where you can run into Spielberg AND Kevin Smith on the same day!
The latest press release/program posted on the official festival web site lists Serenity on page 10. The same press release is also posted in English here. Apparently, Summer Glau may be a confirmed guest (her name is underlined, but only on the press release in French).
The public can attend screenings and press conferences by purchasing weekly passes (140 Euros) or daily passes (40 Euros). Apparently, passes are already available to purchase here. The site is in French but all you have to do is follow the screens to the registration form ("inscription") for members of the public ("public" as opposed to "professionnel"). Enter your name, check the box "public" and chose weekly ("permanent") or daily ("journalier") pass. To purchase a daily pass for the announced date of the Serenity screening (hopefully they won't change it at the last minute!), enter "03/09/2005" in both boxes. Other information you may want to provide (but is not required) includes address, nationality, e-mail and photo (if I remember correctly, weekly passes have a picture). Then you will be prompted to a secure payment screen. You can apparently pay by credit card. I did not purchase a pass myself (French living in California here!) but I assume they will reserve the pre-paid badges for the fans to pick up. You may want to call to make sure. The telephone numbers are: (0)2-31-14-40-00 and (0)2-31-14-14-14. They should speak English; this is the AMERICAN film festival after all!
If I remember correctly, you can also purchase passes in person at the main Convention Center (called "CID"). However, I do not know whether they have a limited number of daily or weekly passes and whether there is a risk they may sell out. If it is anything like when I used to go to this festival (8 years ago!), they sell a virtually unlimited number of public passes and the movies are on a "first come first served" basis; so, needless to say, fans must stand in line EARLY to be sure to get a good seat in the theatre (although this is a large theatre--about 1000 seats-- it also tends to fill up quickly with VIPs--all the other actors and directors presenting movies at the festival, studio execs, members of the jury, etc.--and non-paying guests/friends of the mayor... don't ask!). They also used to let people with weekly passes get in before daily passes, but I don't know what they'll do for this specific screening. Again, best is to call the numbers I gave above for more information.
For English-speaking brownocats wanting to travel to Deauville for the day, check the tourist bureau web site.
Finally ;-), an oddity: the Serenity trailer in French, from the UIP web site: go here, scroll down to Serenity and click on "bande annonce." Even for me, it's difficult to handle!! ;-)
(this is the first story I post; hope I did everything right!.. aside from providing WAY too much information!) ;-)
August 26 2005
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