French event to salute Hurt, Pinter

David Mackenzie’s “You Instead,” Paddy Considine’s directorial debut “Tyrannosaur,” Jim Loach’s “Oranges and Sunshine” and Irish laffer “The Guard,” helmed by John M. McDonagh, are just some of the pics in competition at the 23rd Dinard British Film Festival.

Two more pics will be selected in competish for the Hitchcock d’Or award at the Gallic fest and be announced this week.

This year’s jury, lead by French thesp Nathalie Baye, will include thesps Hayley Atwell, Emmanuelle Devos and Jaime Winstone; composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Armand Amar; scribe Stephen Clarke; helmer Eric Lartigau; plus Francois Verdoux, Sonatine Editions publisher.

Pics featuring in the Avant Premieres section for films preeming in France include helmer Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea”; S.J. Clarkson’s “Toast,” starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore; director Joanna Hogg’s “Archipelago”; and helmer Malcolm Venville’s “44-Inch Chest.”

Fest, which runs Oct. 5-9 in Dinard, a seaside resort in Brittany, will pay homage to Harold Pinter and celebrate the work of John Hurtwith a program of his films, including “1984” and “The Field.”

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