'Free World' to open Dinard fest

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PARIS -- The 18th Dinard Festival of British Film, which unspools in the Brittany resort Oct. 4-7, will open with Ken Loach's "It's a Free World," organizers said Wednesday.

The four-day event will see six U.K. movies vie for the fest's top prize. Competition titles this year include David McEnzie's "Hallam Foe," Julian Jarrold's "Jane," Asif Kapadia's "Far North," Mark Jenkin's "The Midnight Drive," Sarah Gavron's "Brick Lane" and John Carney's "Once."

Gallic actress and director Josiane Balasko will lead a jury composed of fellow French female thesps Cecile Cassel, Linh Dan Pham, Claire Nebout and Sylvie Testud, actor Robin Renucci, comedian Laurent Gerra, British actress Imelda Staunton and documentary filmmaker Michael Grigsby.

Loach's "Free World" will open the fest and Pascal Thomas' Gallic title "L'Heure Zero" will close it.

Dinard-bound cinephiles will also be treated to 20 French premieres including such titles as Anthony Byrne's "How About You," Kevin MacDonald's documentary "Mon Meilleur Ennemi" and Lenny Abrahamson's "Garage." The public will vote on a short film prize awarded by the British Council.

Shane Meadows and his producer Marc Herbert will be in the spotlight with films "This is England," "Dead Man's Shoes," "A Room for Romeo Brass," Twenty 4 Seven" and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands."
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