Deauville, France — (Deauville is a commune in the Calvados département in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France) — The 39th Deauville American Film Festival opened Aug 30th, 2013 with the film Behind The Candelabra (in french: Ma Vie Avec Liberace) will premiere at the festival.
Saturday 31 August: In conjunction with the screening of his latest film, Behind the Candelabra, director Steven Soderbergh gave a filmmaking masterclass, hosted by director & screenwriter Nicolas Saada (Espion(s), 2009). Steven Soderbergh follows in the footsteps of Darren Aronofsky, Neil LaBute, James Foley, Edward Burns, Scott McGehee, David Siegel, Jonathan Nossiter, Charlie Kaufman, Andy Garcia, Terry Gilliam, Roger Avary and last year, William Friedkin.
Film Synopsis: Before Elvis, Elton John and Madonna, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In the summer of 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair.
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films received several Primetime Emmy nominations, including:
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special for Richard LaGravenese
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special for Steven Soderbergh
The musical score is by the late Marvin Hamlisch who died Aug 6, 2012 (His last musical score for film)
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Directing: Steven Soderbergh
Production: Jerry Weintraub
Screenwriting: Richard Lagravenese
Cinematography: Peter Andrews
Editing: Mary Ann Bernard
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Dan Aykroyd (Seymour Heller)
Scott Bakula (Bob Black)
Matt Damon (Scott Thorson)
Michael Douglas (Liberace)
Rob Lowe (Dr. Jack Startz)
Tom Papa (Ray Arnett)
Paul Reiser (M.Felder)
Debbie Reynolds (Frances Liberace)