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12th Festival of British Film and Cinema, Nimes

The 12th Nimes Festival of British Film and Cinema – Ecrans Britanniques – will take place from Friday 27th February to Sunday 8th March 2009, with screenings and events being held at the Semaphore Cinema and the Carre d’Art.

Highlights of the programme include:

A tribute to director and actor PETER MULLAN, our Festival guest, with screenings of films he has directed (The Fridge, Orphans), and ones in which he has acted (an avant-premiere of Boy A (John Crowley) the Golden Hitchcock award winner at Dinard 2008, The Claim (Michael Winterbottom), and My Name is Joe (Ken Loach).

A tribute to director SHANE MEADOWS (Twenty-Four Seven, Dead Man’s Shoes (Golden Hitchcock award winner at Dinard 2004), This is England (BAFTA winner 2008, Bifas winner 2006), and Somers Town) also a festival guest (unconfirmed at time of going to print).

The Festival is also honoured to have as its guest one of the biggest names in the world of film animation, award-winning and Oscar nominated director and animator BARRY PURVES (Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto, Achilles, etc)). Most screenings and encounters with Barry will be held at the Carré d’Art, including a special projection of The Wind in the Willows (Le Vent dans Les Saules) for a younger audience. During his stay in Nimes, Barry will be resident artist at a week-long “Workshop” at the Art College (École des Beaux- Art), where he will introduce students to the art and craft of film animation. (You can see fascinating extracts of some of his animated films on the internet).

The annual Round Table at the Carre d’Art will focus on British film animation, which is a world leader in this very important and innovative creative industry.

Last but by no means least, there will be Sémaphore screenings of a selection of new and contemporary British films, many first seen at the Dinard Festival in October 2008. Among them, the already mentioned Boy A (John Crowley), Of Time and the City (Terence Davies) a huge success at Cannes in 2008, Genova (Michael Winterbottom), Love Live Long (Mike Figgis), The Agent (Lesley Manning), the already mentioned Somers Town (Shane Meadows), Shadows in the Sun (David Rocksavage), and Britz (Peter Kosminsky).

Look out for the full programme in the weeks leading up to the opening night, Friday 27th February, and on our web site www.ecransbritanniques.org

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