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British film gets back to its Dinard showcase

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- The Breton city is hosting the 26th edition of its festival, which sees 23 features on the programme, including six in competition and a tribute to Hanif Kureishi

British film gets back to its Dinard showcase
Just Jim by Craig Roberts

A French showcase highlighting a dynamic film industry that is in the middle of a kind of generational rejuvenation – and which is knocking on the doors of the French distributors (one such example being Catch Me Daddy [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Wolfe
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]
, which will finally be released in theatres on 7 October) – the Dinard British Film Festival will fling open its doors tomorrow, Wednesday, for its 26th edition, which will come to an end on 4 October.

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This year, six titles will be duking it out for the Golden Hitchcock 2015, which will be handed out by a jury chaired by Jean Rochefort and including such names as Natalie Dormer, Virginie Efira, Pierre Savadori, Noah Taylor, Bertrand Faivre and Helena Mackenzie.

Two movies unveiled in Toronto’s City to City section are in competition. Kill Your Friends [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Owen Harris (set to be released at the start of November in the UK and France) stars Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and plunges into the London music industry hot on the trail of an unscrupulous talent scout. Then there is the British-Franco-Belgian co-production Couple in a Hole [+see also:
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interview: Tom Geens
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by Tom Geens (who turned heads at Karlovy Vary in 2009 with Liar), which revolves around a couple who have lost everything in a devastating fire, and who hide away in the woods, in a state of shock.

Three further feature debuts are in the running: Just Jim [+see also:
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, directed by and starring Craig Roberts (read the article), who shares the screen with Emile Hirsch; The Violators [+see also:
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by Helen Walsh (selected at Edinburgh and Karlovy Vary); and the British-French co-production Departure [+see also:
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by Andrew Steggall (selected for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival, in the Love Strand section). The competition is rounded off by the British-US co-production American Hero [+see also:
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by seasoned director Nick Love (The Football Factory, The Sweeney [+see also:
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), with Stephen Dorff playing a superhero whose life revolves entirely around partying, women and drugs, until the day comes when, in order to see his son again, whom he is legally forbidden to get close to, he comes to terms with his destiny and puts his powers to good use to fight crime.

Seventeen titles feature among the premiere screenings, including 45 Years [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrew Haigh
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by Andrew Haigh (which won both Acting Awards at Berlin – released in France on 27 January 2016), Bypass [+see also:
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interview: Duane Hopkins
interview: Samm Haillay
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by Duane Hopkins (unveiled at Venice in 2014 – read the interview), Hide and Seek [+see also:
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by Joanna Coates (winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film in 2014) and Norfolk [+see also:
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by Martin Radich (revealed in competition at Rotterdam).

Also of note are Mr Holmes [+see also:
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interview: Bill Condon
interview: Laura Linney
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by Bill Condon (presented out of competition at Berlin), The Survivalist [+see also:
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by Stephen Fingleton (read the article – which snagged a Special Mention at Tribeca), Still [+see also:
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by Simon Blake (Best Director at the London Independent Film Festival, Audience Award at Galway), Lapse of Honour [+see also:
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by Rayna Campbell, Irish feature film Gold [+see also:
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by Niall Heery (two nominations for the supporting actors at the Irish Film and Television Awards), Orthodox [+see also:
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by David Leone and Hector [+see also:
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interview: Jake Gavin
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by Jake Gavin (screened at Edinburgh).

The programme is rounded off by the Cannes-awarded The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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by Yorgos Lanthimos, A Long Way Down [+see also:
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by late director Pascal Chaumeil (unveiled at Berlin last year), Breaking the Bank [+see also:
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by Vadim Jean, Dough [+see also:
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by John Goldschmidt, the documentary The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson [+see also:
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by Julien Temple and the mini-series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies by Roger Michell (which was victorious at the 2015 Baftas). Lastly, we should note that a couple of tributes will be dedicated to novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (who will lead a master class), and actor Tom Hollander.

(Translated from French)

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