'Boy A' triumphs at Dinard

Child killer drama takes four prizes

PARIS -- John Crowley's "Boy A" stole the show at this year's 19th Dinard Festival of British Film, nabbing four prizes as the four-day event wrapped up Saturday night in the Brittany beach resort town.

A Franco-British jury presided over by Gallic actor Lambert Wilson gave the drama about a child killer the fest's top prize, the Golden Hitchcock.

"Boy A" writer Mark O'Rowe was awarded the Grand Marnier trophy for his screenplay while the film's director of photography Rob Hardy took the Kodak prize for best cinematography. Crowley's film also was voted the public's favorite film at the event.

French distributors, meanwhile, showed their appetite for Steve McQueen's "Hunger," giving the film the Heartbeat Award and guaranteeing its release in more than 40 movie theaters in the Brittany region.

This year's Dinard festival featured a tribute to director Hugh Hudson, a Daphne Du Maurier retrospective, a premiere screening of Saul Dibb's "The Duchess" and a surprise screening of Michael Winterbottom's "Genova," presented by Colin Firth.

The Oct. 1-4 event closed with Shane Meadows' "Somers Town."