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The line-up for the 14th edition of the Dinard Festival of British Films, taking place from October 2 - 5, has been presented. There are 48 films being shown this year, almost all of which tackle difficult themes. And there’ll also be a competition for the Golden Hitchcock award.
“Most of the films chosen express a certain anger towards a world that seems to be moving against the grain. As if the directors have a score to settle” said the artistic director of the Dinard Festival, Hussam Hindi, during the press conference to present the programme. “70% of the films talk about racism, exile, borders, loss of identity, gay priests, alcoholism” he stressed “showing a Britain filled with conflicts and a image of a chaotic world”.
These themes are touched upon by six films that have never been shown in France before, all taking part in the competition (won last year by Bloody Sunday [+see also:
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): 16 Years of Alcohol by Richard Jobson, Conspiracy of Silence by John Deery, Girl with a Pearl Earring [+see also:
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by Peter Webber, Kiss of Life by Emily Young, One for The Road by Chris Cooke and Wondrous Oblivion by Paul Morrison. The Festival opens on a lighter note, with the hit comedy Calendar Girls by Nigel Cole, and there’ll be special screenings of In America by Jim Sheridan and Bright Young Things [+see also:
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by Stephen Fry, as well as the premieres of In This World by Michael Winterbottom, Listening by Kenneth Branagh and The Mother by Roger Michell.

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The president of the festival is the producer Charles Gassot (Telema), and the event will be paying tribute to the directors Alan Parker and Jim Sheridan and the singer from The Clash, Joe Strummer (with three films he made). The final elements of this packed programme include a selection of British short films from the last few years, and the French and British schools Femis and NFTD will be showing three of the best films made as part of their training by pupils attending the institutions.

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(Translated from French)

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