Night Moves wins top prize at Deauville film fest
DEAUVILLE, France / Calvados (AFP) - Kelly Reichardt's drama Night Moves about three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam won the top prize on Saturday at France's Deauville Film Festival, which celebrates American movies.
The drama, starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard, is set in alternative farming communities in Oregon, with the trio's plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam yielding unexpected consequences.
Critics have hailed Reichardt's latest work and latest collaboration with co-writer Jon Raymond for exploring the tension between idealism and activism and the difficulties that come in negotiating between the two.
"It's a film that's masterful from beginning to end, that poses a topical problem," said Loui Doillon, a member of the jury headed by French actor Vincent Lindon. "What is this going to accomplish? Can we really change things?"