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Film by the Sea fest sees ‘Calendar Girls’

Event expands location, length

THE HAGUE — The Dutch premiere of Nigel Cole’s “Calendar Girls,” starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, will open the fifth Film by the Sea, the Dutch fest whose main competition turns on pics based on literature.

Event, which runs Sept. 5-14, is three days longer than usual and has spread its location from its traditional home of Vlissingen in the south of Holland to the seaside resort of Scheveningen, a suburb of the Hague.

“Calendar Girls” is the true story of a group of middle-aged English women who pose nude for a Women’s Institute Calendar to raise money for charity. Angela Baker and Ros Fawcett, two of the original “Calendar Girls” on whom the film is based, will be guests of honor at the opening of the fest in Vlissingen.

A look at ‘America’

The Dutch premiere of Jim Sheridan’s “In America,” the autobiographical tale of a poor Irish family struggling to make it in America, will open the fest events in Scheveningen, which run from Sept. 8-12.

More than 90 films will be screened, with eight in competition, including Gabriele Salvatore’s “I’m Not Scared,” based on a novel by Niccolo Ammaniti, and Michael Meredith’s “Three Days of Rain,” based on one of Anton Chekhov’s stories.

Filmer Ettore Scola will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the Eurofocus sidebar, which this year spotlights Italian cinema.

Kudos will be presented to Scola on Sept. 13 by helmer Stephen Daldry. A restored copy of the 1977 Scola Film “A Special Day,” starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, will be among several Scola films screened during the fest.