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British film in Dinard: movies under the shadow of Brexit

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- The Breton seaside resort is hosting the 27th edition of its festival, boasting 25 features on the programme, plus tributes to Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis

British film in Dinard: movies under the shadow of Brexit
Whisky Galore by Gillies MacKinnon

Today, Whisky Galore [+see also:
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by Gillies MacKinnon will have the honour of opening the 27th Dinard British Film Festival, a traditional French gathering that puts the emphasis on cinema from the other side of the Channel. This year’s edition will pay tribute to actors Kate Dickie (Red Road [+see also:
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, Couple in a Hole [+see also:
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) and Gary Lewis (Valhalla Rising [+see also:
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, Catch Me Daddy [+see also:
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), and will unfold in an atmosphere tinged with concern, fuelled by today’s European political landscape and summed up rather well by the title of a round-table that will be moderated by the event’s godmother, producer Rebecca O'Brien: "Brexit... What Next?" (read the industry report).

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This year, six titles will be duking it out for the Golden Hitchcock 2016, which will be handed out by a jury chaired by Claude Lelouch (who will also lead a master class) and including the UK’s James D'Arcy, Phil Davis and Colin Vaines, as well as France’s Jalil Lespert, Julie Ferrier, Florence Thomassin, Victoria Bedos and Eric Lagesse. The titles in competition are Prevenge [+see also:
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by and starring Alice Lowe (revealed in the Venice Critics’ Week – in which the main character is a pregnant serial killer), the rom-com This Beautiful Fantastic by Simon Aboud and Christine Alderson (distributed in France by L’Atelier d’images), Away [+see also:
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by David Blair (starring Juno Temple and Timothy Spall), Chubby Funny by and starring Harry Michell, the road-trip movie Moon Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Philip John
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by Philip John and Sing Street [+see also:
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by John Carney (which was premiered at Sundance and will be released in France on 26 October by Mars).

Standing out among the well-stocked array of premieres is a gala screening for Altamira [+see also:
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by Hugh Hudson (starring Antonio Banderas, Clément Sibony, Golshifteh Farahani and Rupert Everett – co-produced by Paris-based outfit Mare Nostrum)
 and special screenings for Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by Ken Loach and Bridget Jones’s Baby [+see also:
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by Sharon Maguire.

Other notable films on the programme are Lady Macbeth [+see also:
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interview: William Oldroyd
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by William Oldroyd (which has just made a huge splash at Toronto and San Sebastián), Brakes [+see also:
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by Mercedes Grower (Special Mention at Edinburgh), Adult Life Skills by Rachel Tunnard (which turned heads last spring at Tribeca), War on Everyone [+see also:
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by John Michael McDonagh (presented in Panorama Special at the 2016 Berlinale) and the vampire flick Eat Local by Jason Flemyng.

Also of note are Tommy's Honour by Jason Connery, You're Ugly Too [+see also:
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interview: Mark Noonan
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by Mark Noonan, The Hippopotamus by John Jencks, Stratton by Simon West, Hi-Lo Joe by James Kermack, Love Is Thicker Than Water by Emily Harris and Ate de Jong, Detour by Christopher Smith, and the documentaries Tourner pour vivre by Philippe Azoulay and Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach by Louise Osmond.

A number of master classes are also on the menu, with stuntman Rémy Julienne (who choreographed the car chases in many of the James Bond movies, among others), and one taking a look back at the career of production designer Ken Adam, who passed away just a few months ago. Lastly, we should point out that, for the first time ever, the Dinard Film Festival is organising a short-film competition, dubbed Shortcuts, the jury for which is chaired by Marianne Denicourt.

(Translated from French)

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