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British cinema gets its showcase back in Dinard

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- After a pandemic year, the Breton seaside town is hosting the 32nd edition of a revamped festival including the Hitchcock d'Or competition and a Joanna Hogg retrospective

British cinema gets its showcase back in Dinard
The Souvenir: Part II by Joanna Hogg

Now under the artistic direction of Dominique Green, the Dinard British Film Festival will return to its Breton setting on the Emerald Coast for its 32nd edition (from 29 September to 3 October), after being cancelled last year in the midst of the pandemic. This revival is accompanied by a reorganisation of the programme structure and (in addition to the presence of numerous guests in theatres) by the possibility of online access (via Festival Scope and geo-localised in France) to many films in the selection.

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Headlining the event is the Hitchcock d'Or competition, with six feature films in the running to be judged by a jury chaired by actress Bérénice Bejo (supported by fellow actress Laura Smet, director Mohamed Hamidi and producer Paul Webster). This year's nominees are Sweetheart by Marley Morrison, Limbo [+see also:
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by Ben Sharrock, Ride The Wave by Martyn Robertson, Creation Stories [+see also:
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by Nick Moran, The Power by Corinna Faith and Wildfire [+see also:
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by Cathy Brady.

Also on the menu are a complete Joanna Hogg retrospective (including The Souvenir Part II [+see also:
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, presented at this year's Directors' Fortnight and which Condor Distribution will release in France on 29 December at the same time as the first part) and special screenings for, among others, Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho [+see also:
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(discovered in early September in Venice), Mark Cousins' documentary The Storms of Jeremy Thomas [+see also:
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(unveiled at Cannes Classics) and Uberto Pasolini's Nowhere Special [+see also:
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The variety of British production will be presented in six thematic sections. "Land & Sea" will present the documentaries Cow [+see also:
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by Andrea Arnold (appreciated at Cannes Premiere) and Boat Song by Alastair Cole, or Fanny Lye Deliver'd [+see also:
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by Thomas Clay. The "To be or not to be" section (sponsored by producer Elizabeth Karlsen) will screen Clio Barnard's Ali & Ava [+see also:
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(Directors' Fortnight 2021), Philip Barantini's Boiling Point [+see also:
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(special mention last month in Karlovy Vary) and Aleem Khan's After Love [+see also:
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(Critics' Week 2020). The "What a Horror" section will highlight the revival of British cinema with Ruth Paxton's A Banquet, Prano Bailey-Bond's Censor [+see also:
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and Ruth Platt's Martyrs Lane [+see also:
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. Finally, the programmes "It's Teen Spirit," "Dinard Rocks The Casbah" and "Irish Eyes in Dinard" (with producer Celine Haddad as patron) should be mentioned.

All this without forgetting the short films selection  "Shortcuts - Views from the 4 nations" and the series It's a Sin.


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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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