Competition includes 'Laughter,' 'Loop'

Helmer Richard Laxton’s “An Englishman in New York” and Julian Fellowe’s “Time to Time” will bookend the 20th Dinard British Film Festival, which runs Oct. 8-11.

Of the six films in competition for the Golden Hitchcock, four touch on violent themes and plots. These are helmer-scribe Justin Molotnikov’s hostage drama “Crying With Laughter”; Armando Iannucci’s “In the Loop,” with its bureaucracy-laden warfare; Henrique Goldman’s “Jean-Charles,” which centers on the real-life police killing of an innocent man in London and is also playing at Toronto; and Dominic Murphy’s “White Lightnin’,” with its depiction of self-mutilation in West Virginia.

The two other films in the running are Xiaolu Guo’s “She, a Chinese” about a young woman moving to London to escape her past, and Jamie Jay Johnson’s documentary “Sounds Like Teen Spirit,” which chronicles singers chasing dreams of stardom in the Junior Eurovision competition.

The fest, set in Dinard, a seaside resort in Brittany, has long served as a venue to bring British producers and French distributors together. Following last year’s fest, John Crowley’s “Boy A” secured distribution in France.

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