British film fest set to roll in France in October

Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy,” about John Lennon’s youth, will kick off the 21st Dinard Festival of British Film Oct. 6 to honor the 70th anniversary of the late Beatle’s birth.

Helmer Etienne Chatiliez will serve as jury president. The final jury list as well as the lineup of films in competition for the Hitchcock d’Or will be unveiled in late August or early September.

The decision of the British Council and the U.K. Film Council not to co-sponsor this year’s five-day event in Gaul’s northern Brittany will not impact the quality of the programming, per the fest.

It has had very little impact on fans’ enthusiam — fest passes sold out on the first day they went on sale in June.

Close to 30,000 filmgoers are expected for the French premieres of many British indie and mainstream films including Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Peter Mullan’s “Neds,” Craig McCall’s “Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff,” Chris Morris’ “Four Lions,” Shimmy Marcus’ “Soulboy” and Kay Mellor’s “A Passionate Woman.”

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