PARIS — Some 150 of the U.K.’s most prominent cinema professionals are expected to flock to Brittany for the 9th edition of the Dinard Festival of British Cinema.
Six recent British features will compete for the Golden Hitchcock, awarded by a jury led by French thesp, novelist and helmer Marie-France Pisier.
Also doing jury duty at Oct. 1-4 event are “The Dream Life of Angels” co-star and Cannes best actress winner Natacha Regnier; last year’s best actor winner at Dinard, Stephen Fry (for the title role in “Wilde”); and helmer Gillies MacKinnon, whose “Hideous Kinky” (starring Kate Winslet and French thesp Said Taghmaoui from “Hate”) will preem.
As an earthquake at ceremony headquarters on Oscar night would wipe out much of the American entertainment industry, so would a tidal wave on the shores of Dinard the first week in October prove disastrous for Gallic and British showbiz.
This year, the annual producers’ meeting will welcome agents and casting directors from both sides of the Channel, in addition to the players and heavy hitters-who customarily attend.
Fest artistic director Hussam Hindi said, “British films are the most popular of foreign fare here in France — after American movies, of course.”
Competition films are as follows: “All the Little Animals” (Jeremy Thomas); “Babymother” (Julian Henrique); “Get Real” (Simon Shore); “The Governess” (Sandra Goldbacher); “Titanic Town” (Roger Michell); “TwentyFourSeven” (Shane Meadows).