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FESTIVALS France

The best of British cinema at Dinard

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Starting today with its 16th edition, theDinard Festival of British Film , is an annual high quality rendez-vous which counts among its previous winners Shane Meadows, Peter Webber, Paul Greengrass, Asif Kapadia, Stephen Daldry, Peter Cattaneo and also Michael Winterbottom. Running till Sunday, six features will compete and 15 previews will allow a chance to analyse the current tendencies in production in the UK, which this year reflects, according to the organisers, the anguish of the British and their concerns about the future, treated sometimes with comedy. Presided over by the director Régis Wargnier, the jury for the official competition has to choose between Opal Dream by Peter Cattaneo, Colour me Kubrick by Brian Cook, Festival by Annie Griffin, In My Father’s Den de Brad McGann, Gypo by Jan Dunn and Stoned by Stephen Woolley.

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The Brittany seaside town also boasts a rich programme of previews, with as opening film Yes [+see also:
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by Sally Potter, Wallace and Gromit : The Mystery of the Were-Rabbit [+see also:
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byNick Park andSteve Box (read news ) for the gala night and a special screening of the remarkable and terrifying The Descent [+see also:
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by Neil Marshall, already screened in competition at the recent Mostra in Venice (read le compte-rendu). Also gracing the menu is Mrs. Henderson Presents by Stephen Frears, the surprise film at Cannes 2005 The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael by Thomas Clay (see article), Ladies in Lavender [+see also:
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by Charles Dance (president of the festival this year), Shooting Dogs by Michael Caton-Jones, and also Isolation by Billy O’Brien, Short Order by Anthony Byrne, On a Clear Day by Gaby Dellal, Love + Hate by Dominic Savage, Wah-Wah by Richard E. Grant andPride and Prejudice by Joe Wright. Worth noting two films by the French filmmaker (Bye Bye Blackbird [+see also:
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byRobinson Savary and Palais-Royal by Valérie Lemercier), tributes to Neil Jordan (among his films the recent Breakfast on Pluto [+see also:
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) and to Nicholas Roeg, and a programme of shorts films from the students at the NFTS and Femis. A complete panorama which will give, as every year, a boost to the distribution of British films in France, with the support of UK Film Council and of the National Film Centre (CNC), partners of the event.

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(Translated from French)

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