Films at 14th annual Dinard Festival of British Film (Oct 2-5) express "an England in conflict", according to Hussam Hindi, artistic director of the three-day event.
The festival opens with Nigel Cole's comedy Calendar Girls before taking a turn towards more serious issues.
Hussam Hindi, artistic director of the three-day event noted that most of the films selected express "a certain anger...an England in conflict." The subjects are "far from the glamour and lightness of previous editions."
French producer Charles Gassot will preside over the jury which also includes actresses Emma de Caunes, Charlotte de Turckheim, Catherine McCormack, Julie Gayet, Lucy Russell and actors Sami Bouajila and Jason Flemyng.
Dinard's previously announced six strong competition line-up comprises 16 Years of Alcohol by Richard Jobson, John Deery's Conspiracy Of Silence, Peter Webber's Girl With A Pearl Earring, Kiss of Life by Emily Young, One For The Road by Chris Cooke and Wondrous Oblivion from Paul Morrison.
Premieres include Bodysong by Simon Pummell, Bruce Beresford's Evelyn, Michael Winterbottom's In This World, Kenneth Loach : Portrait by Philippe Pilard, Listening from Kenneth Branagh, Intermission from John Crowley, The Actors by Conor McPherson, Roger Michell's The Mother, Three Blind Mice by Mathias Ledoux and Kevin MacDonald's Touching the Void.
Directors Alan Parker and Jim Sheridan will be the subject of tributes as will late Clash leader Joe Strummer whose acting work in F.J. Ossang's Dr Chance, J. Hazan et D. Mingay's Rude Boy and Alex Cox's Straight To Hell will be showcased.