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Monday, 9 July, 2001, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Spielberg to attend Kubrick tribute
Osment and Spielberg at the AI première
Spielberg with AI star Haley Joel Osment
Steven Spielberg is to attend a retrospective of Stanley Kubrick films at France's Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

The 27th festival - from 31 August to 9 September - will also feature a tribute to producer Joel Silver and a programming slot for Oliver Stone, reports Daily Variety.

There will be a screening of AI (Artificial Intelligence) - the film that Stanley Kubrick started and Steven Spielberg finished.

Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick: Died in March 1999
The Kubrick retrospective at the Normandy festival will include every film from Killer's Kiss (1955) through to Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which Kubrick completed shortly before his death.

There will also be a showing of Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, a documentary directed by Kubrick's brother-in-law, Jan Harlan.

Over the years Deauville has developed a reputation as "a French lookout post" for some of the most creative independent works of the year, say the organisers.

The festival's aim is to present "a true American cocktail to the French audience".

Sci-fi fairy tale

AI, which has already opened in America and Japan, has been described as "a fairy tale within a bold sci-fi film".

Jude Law as Gigolo Joe
Jude Law plays robot lover Gigolo Joe
It stars Jude Law and 13-year-old Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment.

Kubrick came up with the idea 20 years ago, sketched it out in detail and suggested that Spielberg direct it.

He told Spielberg in 1994: "I think this movie is closer to your sensibility than mine."

The pair had fax machines locked in secret rooms so they could send each other pages of the script without it being seen or leaked by anyone else.

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