PARIS — The 10th Dinard Festival of British Cinema will run Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in the quaint Brittany town which has become so firmly identified with U.K. pics that a giant replica of the fest’s trophy — Alfred Hitchcock with a bird atop each shoulder — is a permanent fixture on the boardwalk.
Although there will not be any world preems to match last year’s “Hideous Kinky” bow, the fest will present Michael Winterbottom’s latest “With or Without You,” in addition to nine French preems out of competition.
The jury, including thesp-songbird Jane Birkin, author Julian Barnes and vet d.p. Douglas Slocombe, will award the gold and silver Hitchcocks to one of six competition titles.
Titles that have been announced are “Fanny and Elvis” by Kay Mellor, “Final Cut” by Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis, “Following” by Christopher Nolan, “Janice Beard 45 wpm” by Claire Kilner and “Milk” by Bill Brookfield.
Peter Greenaway will attend for a retrospective of his work. In addition, there will be a four-pic tribute to the late Dirk Bogarde and a special Hitchcock centenary presentation of 1928’s silent “Champagne” with musical accompaniment.
The annual co-production meeting sponsored by the CNC and British Screen will find dozens of producers from both sides of the Channel sounding off about the joys and hazards of working together, followed by the producers’ luncheon.
Brits vs. French
New this year is a friendly faceoff between three students, with their grad films from the U.K.’s National Film and Television School, and three of their counterparts from the French film academy FEMIS.
Overcrowding at the fest should be alleviated this year by the addition of a new 400-seat theater in a former chapel.