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Dinard shines its spotlight on British cinema

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- The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is presenting 23 feature films, including six in competition, to be judged by a jury chaired by Catherine Deneuve

Dinard shines its spotlight on British cinema
Catch Me Daddy by Daniel Wolfe

An unmissable French showcase highlighting a film industry that is witnessing the rise of a whole new generation, the Dinard British Film Festival will open its doors tomorrow for its very promising 25th edition, which is set to wrap on 12 October. This year, six titles will be duking it out for the Golden Hitchcock 2014, which will be handed out by a jury chaired by Catherine Deneuve. Movies in the running include the Berlinale competitor ‘71 [+see also:
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Q&A: Yann Demange
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by Yann Demange (which will be hitting French screens on 5 November, courtesy of Ad Vitam); the revelation of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Catch Me Daddy [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Wolfe
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, by Daniel Wolfe (watch the video interview – with its as-yet-undated French release handled by Bodega Films); and The Goob by Guy Myhill (unveiled to much acclaim in Venice Days). Also among the contenders are The Riot Club [+see also:
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by Lone Scherfig (set to be released in France on 31 December via Paramount) and two films that were unveiled at Sundance: Frank [+see also:
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by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (to be distributed in France in 2015 by KMBO) and Hong Khaou’s Lilting [+see also:
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(which will be launched in France on 15 October courtesy of Jour2Fête).

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The programme is rounded off by the premiere screenings of 17 feature films out of competition. The festival, which will be opened by Sunshine on Leith [+see also:
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by Dexter Fletcher and closed by One Chance [+see also:
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by David Frankel, will offer three other titles that were revealed at Cannes: Mr Turner [+see also:
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interview: Mike Leigh
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by Mike Leigh (which earned Timothy Spall the Best Actor Award on the Croisette – set to be released in France on 3 December by Diaphana), Queen and Country [+see also:
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interview: John Boorman
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by John Boorman (release set for 7 January 2015 via Le Pacte) and Snow in Paradise [+see also:
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interview: Andrew Hulme
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by Andrew Hulme (watch the interview – released on 4 February 2015 courtesy of The Jokers/Le Pacte).

Also of note is the animated film Song of the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Tomm Moore
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by Tomm Moore (to be distributed by Haut et Court on 10 December), Calvary [+see also:
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interview: John Michael McDonagh
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by John Michael McDonagh (released on 26 November by Twentieth Century Fox France – watch the video interview), Still Life [+see also:
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interview: Uberto Pasolini
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by Uberto Pasolini (distributed on 31 December via Version Originale/Condor), Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl [+see also:
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, Elsa & Fred by Michael Radford, Hyena [+see also:
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interview: Gerard Johnson
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by Gerard Johnson, Steve Reeves’ Keeping Rosy, Noble by Stephen Bradley, Sean Spencer’s Panic, Tea & Sangria by Peter Domankiewicz, X + Y [+see also:
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by Morgan Matthew and Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy [+see also:
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As part of the celebrations for the festival’s 25th anniversary, audiences at the Breton seaside resort will be able to participate in discussions with such directors as Michael Radford (who the event will be paying tribute to), Kevin Mcdonald and Uberto Pasolini, as well as with producer Stephen Woolley (who will also put forward a thematic carte blanche).

(Translated from French)

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