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Long-awaited Hope and Glory sequel heads to Cannes

Published on Apr 23, 2014 8:11 AM

PARIS (AFP) - British director John Boorman's long-awaited sequel to his 1987 Oscar-nominated film Hope and Glory about homefront life during World War II is to be screened in Cannes next month.

More than 25 years after Hope and Glory was a critical and box office success, Queen and Country picks up its semi-autobiographical story in the early 1950s with schoolboy Billy Rowan now a young soldier in Korea at the end of the conflict there.

The keenly anticipated film, co-starring David Thewlis and Richard E. Grant, will be shown as part of the independent Directors' Fortnight programme running alongside the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera.

The hugely successful Hope and Glory depicted the war from the perspective of young Billy as he revelled in the excitement of bombs and upheaval, oblivious to the suffering endured by his mother and sisters.

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