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Dinard British Film Festival 2008 Line-up announced

The Escapist

Story by Jack Foley

LE Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard is delighted to announce the films that have been selected to compete for the Golden Hitchcock award at the 19th edition of the Festival, which runs from October 2 to 5, 2008 in Dinard, France.

Six films in total are in the running and they are:

A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures by Chris Waitt also starring Alexandra Boyarskaya, Danielle McLeod, Olivia Trench.
Boy A by John Crowley starring Andrew Garfield and Peter Mullan.
Clubbed by Neil Thompson starring Mel Raido, Shaun Parkes, Scot Williams, Maxine Peake and Colin Salmon.
The Escapist by Rupert Wyatt, starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes (pictured). Read the review
Helen by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, starring Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling, Sonia Saville, Danny Groenland, Sheila Hamilton.
The Market – A Tale Of Trade by Ben Hopkins, starring Tayanc Ayaydin, Genco Erkal, Senay Aydin and Hakan Sahin.

These six films will be competing for The Golden Hitchcock Trophy which will be awarded by the French / English Dinard Jury this year presided over by Lambert Wilson.

Last year’s Golden Hitchcock was awarded to David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe with special mention going to Oscar winner Once

Screening in the Avant-premiere section are the following titles:

Adulthood by Noel Clarke starring Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Scarlett Alice Johnson. Read the review
The Agent by Lesley Manning starring William Beck, Stephen Kennedy, Maureen Lipman.
The Duchess by Saul Dibb starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper. Read the review
Eden Lake by James Watkins starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O’Connell and Thomas Turgoose. Read our preview
The Edge Of Love by John Maybury starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys. Read the review
Flashbacks Of A Fool by Baillie Walsh starring Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Felicity Jones. Read the review
French Film by Jackie Oudney starring Hugh Bonneville, Anne-Marie Duff, Eric Cantona and Douglas Henshall.
The Hide by Marek Losey starring Alex MacQueen and Phil Campbell.
Hunger by Steve McQueen starring Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Stuart Graham.
Love Live Long by Mike Figgis starring Daniel Lapaine and Sophie Winkleman.
Man On Wire by James Marsh starring Annie Allix, Jean-Louis Blondeau and Philippe Petit. Read the review
The Meerkats by James Honeyborne written by Alexander McCall Smith.
Of Time And The City by Terence Davies.
Shadows In The Sun by David Rocksavage starring Jean Simmons, Jamie Dornan, Clemency Burton-Hill.
Stephen Frears, A Portrait by Philippe Pilard.

And the Special Screening this year will be Young @ Heart by Stephen Walker.

In addition to these titles, there will be a Retrospective on the films of Daphne Du Maurier’s work. Focusing on Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and The BirdS, Henry Koster’s My Cousin Rachel, Robert Hamer’s The Scapegoat and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now.

This year the festival are honoured to pay tribute to director Hugh Hudson who will be present to introduce some of his most famous films: Chariots of Fire, Fangio, Greystoke and Revolution REVISITED and the opening night film, My Life So Far starring Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irene Jacob, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Malcolm MacDowell and Kelly Macdonald – a nostalgic memoir of a man’s childhood in the beautiful countryside of post WWI Scotland.

The closing night film will be Somers Town by perennial guest of the Dinard British Film Festival, Shane Meadows. Read the review

In addition, the French and British national film schools La Femis and NFTS will be submitting 3 short films to compete for the British Council Entente Cordial award.

The Dinard British Film Festival is an annual celebration of British films by both industry veterans and newcomers.

Its role is a way of introducing British cinema to a French audience whilst also playing host to industry professionals from both sides of the channel in a bid to promote discussion and discovery and help British films find a place within the French market place.