Dinard prepares for 20th anniversary fest

Unveils selection of U.K. titles, Gallic stars

PARIS -- The Dinard British Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an impressive selection of U.K. titles, Gallic stars and "An Englishman in New York" when the four-day fest kicks off on Oct. 8, organizers said Monday.

The festival will open with Richard Laxton's "An Englishman in New York" starring John, Hurt, Denis O'Hare and Swoosie Kurtz. Competition titles include Justin Molotnikov's "Crying with Laughter," Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," Henrique Goldman's "Jean-Charles," Xiaolu Guo's "She, a Chinese" and Dominic Murphy's "White Lightnin'."

Director Jean Paul Rappeneau will head a jury comprising actresses Clotide Coureau, Zoe Felix and Sally Hawkins, actors Hugh Bonneville and Stephane Freiss, directors Paul Andrew Williams and Mark Herman, journalist Jean-Pierre Lavoignat, agent Dallas Smith and producer/distributor Carole Scotta.

The fest will close with Julian Fellowes' "From Time to Time" starring Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Carice Van Houten and Eliza Hope. Duncan Ward's "Boogie Woogie," Jan Dunn's "The Calling" and Duncan Jones' "Moon" are among the 14 gala films set for premieres in the Brittany beach resort town.

Dinard will also host a special "10 Influential British Directors" focus featuring screenings of recent titles from U.K. helmers including Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," James Marsh's "Man on Wire" and John Crowley's "Boy A" which took the top prize at last year's Dinard fest.

The U.K. Film Council and French state film, organization the CNC will hold their annual industry conference to spark discussion about the film biz in both territories. The Dinard British film festival runs Oct. 8 -11.