Dinard festival drawn to crime

French event dedicated to U.K. filmmaking

DEAUVILLE — Six films compete for the Golden Hitchcock at this year’s Festival of British Film in Dinard, France.

Entries range from comedy docu “A Complete History of My Sexual Failures” by Chris Waitt to “The Market — A Tale of Trade,” Ben Hopkins’ drama about a black-marketeer in provincial Turkey.

But the dominant theme is crime, with the remaining competitors all boasting underworld connections: “Boy A” by John Crowley, “Clubbed” by Neil Thompson, “The Escapist” by Rupert Wyatt, and “Helen” by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.

The Anglo-French jury is presided over by Gallic thesp Lambert Wilson.

Fest is a showcase for British film in France, and also aims to build cross-Channel industry links.

It opens Oct. 2 with “My Life So Far,” a nostalgic comedy from 1999 by guest of honor Hugh Hudson. His “Chariots of Fire,” “Fangio,” “Greystoke” and “Revolution” also play.

Fest closes Oct. 5 with “Somers Town,” Shane Meadows’ tale of teen friendship and the joys of London-Paris train travel.

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