Raindance have just announced their line-up for their 20th annual film festival. The 2012 festival will, like every year showcase some of the best independent movies that we can expect in the coming year and beyond. Raindance 2012 will take place 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus in London. This year we can expect to see 105 features, more than 138 shorts, 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries.
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Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of HERE COMES THE DEVIL a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.Closing the festival on Sunday 7th October is the UK Premiere of 7 CRATES from Paraguay and fresh from its screening in Toronto Film Festival’ s vanguard section. The film focusses on Victor, 17, who lives in Asunción and dreams of having a TV set. He agrees to deliver seven boxes in exchange for 100 dollars. It sounds like nothing could be easier, but the boxes contain something everyone wants.
The UK HOMEGROWN STRAND will showcase the best in British filmmaking talent, including three World Premieres: Love Tomorrow written and directed by Christopher Payne, Produced by Stephanie Moon and co-produced by Emmy Award-winning dance producers/filmmakers The BalletBoyz, Love Tomorrow is about a tentative friendship that grows into something more when two dancers meet by chance on the streets of London; City Slacker, comedy starring Tom Conti from the writer of Dummy which previously screened at Raindance and Confine starring Daisy Lowe and Alfie Allen and Directed by Tobias Tobbell about a heist which goes wrong. Also in this year’s UK strand is String Caesar, featuring Derek Jacobi as Caesar alongside real life prisoners bringing Julius Caesar into the 21st Century.
Exciting films emerge from the AMERICAN INDIE STRAND this year, including the World Premiere of Dark Hearts directed by Rudol Buitendach, former prize winner at Raindance and starring Sonja Kinski, daughter of Nastassja Kinski; The Grief Tourist Directed by Suri Krishnama (also a former Raindance prize winner) starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Cudlitz; Mon Ami which recently screened to much acclaim at Montreal?s Fantasia Film Festival is Fargo meets Dumb and Dumber in a horror movie disguised as a buddy comedy; Me and You At the Zoo which screened at Sundance and provides a cautionary tale as it chronicles several years in the endlessly self-recorded life of Chris Crocker, who won fame with his 207 Leave Britney Alone! YouTube rant.
From the EUROPEAN STRAND comes Heavy Girls an ultra-low budget feature from Germany about love and dementia; The Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying is a contemporary romantic comedy from Serbia and Vegetarian Cannibal – a multiple award-winner at the Pula Film Festival where it took both Best Director and Best Actor amongst others and Directed by Branko Schmidt from Croatia.
An extraordinary DOCUMENTARY STRAND kicks off with the legendary Jeremy Irons and composer Vangelis who will be in attendance for the excellent green documentary Trashed. Also featuring is EBE award-winning feature documentary Hidden Hand which examines the phenomena surrounding UFOs, Extra Terrestrials, alien abduction and the US secret military cover-up of supposed E.T. contact; the multi-award winning Zero Killed the documentary/feature hybrid directed by Michal Kosakowski who has been asking people with different backgrounds about their murder fantasies; the World Premiere of Orania which examines a community of Whites Only which exists in the heart of South Africa and Banaz – A Love Story, which chronicles the brutal honour killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British woman in London, killed by her own family for choosing a life for herself.
A unique spotlight on QUEBEC this year includes 4 Features and 1 Documentary including Over My Dead Body, a documentary on enfant terrible of the dance world, Dave St. Pierre who also suffers from cystic fibrosis and The Salesman about the perennial car salesman of the month starring Gilbert Sicotte.
An exciting selection of international shorts makes it to the final SHORTS PROGRAMME at Raindance this year with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including: Charlotte Rampling in The End; Charles Dance and Jenny Agutter in Mapmaker, Malcolm McDowell for No Rest For The Wicked, Jennifer Lopez in Life & Freaky Times Of Uncle Luke, Nick Moran in 82, Phil Jupitus and Josie Lawrence star in No Prisoner and Wonder starring Diana Hardcastle (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Henry Goodman (Notting Hill), directed and scored by Johnny Daukes. One of the programmed shorts will win Film Of The Festival Award – which will automatically go into the Oscars? shortlist for best short film. Raindance Film Festival is one of only two British film festivals with this honour.
In addition, Raindance will welcome American novelist and journalist Chuck Palahniuk to the festival, best known for writing Fight Club. Palahniuk will introduce his short film Romance which is based on one of his stories as well as host a fund-raising dinner for the Independent Film Trust (IFT), the UK charity which works to promote the cause of independent film-making.
Raindance is also extremely pleased to announce two very diverse retrospectives. One celebrating the life and work of the French auteur Chris Marker represented by three films never seen in the UK, including Sunless and Level 5, and a very special Trent Harris Retrospective, who is best known for Plan 10 from Outer Space, which debuted at Raindance in 1996. Rubin and Ed and The Beaver Trilogy starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover are both screening at this years festival. Trent Harris will also be in attendance to launch the retrospective.
Víctor, a 17-year-old, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver 7 boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated.
Izumi finds a wallet with cash, and lends some to a man. When she returns it to its owner, however, he notices the missing money.
“Kynstlijk” is a human model in a school. He moves only after midnight. One day, three naughty kids find him, and the craziest adventure begins…
Tracing a year in the life of eclectic US indie-folk rocker Andrew Bird, Xan Aranda’s documentary shuffles between live performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage to weave an intimate portrait of a boldly original performer.
Angel is an experimental film by Gee Vaucher, creator of this year’s campaign image.
A visionary reworking of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in near future Japan. A politically outspoken rock star is exiled to a desolate island prison, where music may be his only redemption
Jovan struggles to finish his first novel, removing himself to his friend’s country estate in order to write in peace. At the secluded estate live a very strange family who don’t have contact with civilization. Zeko, head of the family, is sadist authority whose word, will and unique world-view can’t be challenged by family members. Jovan slowly gets used to life with them, and decides to stay with them a little longer. But, it’s not up to him to decide how much longer.
A reflective insight into the lives of maximum security inmates who take refuge from the monotony of serving time at New Folsom prison by creating art.
8 different stories… 8 ways to really fuck up a Friday! The paths of several groups cross during one violent night, and in the space of 24 hours, everything comes up for sale – sex, friendship, drugs… and people’s lives. Meet spoiled rich brats, drugged-out punks, bottom-feeding criminal scum and a 70-year old gun in a violent showdown.
Celebrated Russian dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy returns to the circuit after a nearly career-stopping injury in this intimate and insightful documentary.
Banaz was brutally murdered by her family in 2006 in an honour killing. This film tells Banaz’s story and the story of the police team that didn’t give up on her case and brought her killers to justice.
‘Bar25 – Days Out Of Time’ shows the diversity, internationality and creativity of Berlin and what it takes to create a seemingly utopian world.
1810: Miguel Hidalgo abolished slavery in Independent Mexico. 1910: John K. Turner published Barbarous Mexico, a book that revealed slave trading. Mexico 2010, the slavery networks still exist.
Besançon 1967. A strike was called for at Rhodiaceta, a textile plant which is part of the Rhône-Poulenc trust. That strike was unsual in so far as the workers refused to dissociate the industrial conflict from its cultural background. The major claims didn’t only concern wages or security of employment, the workers were also questioning the current lifestyle imposed on them by society.
Beaver Trilogy unveils the inner world of a fantastic character compelled to hide, yet at the same time, tell the world about his secret life.
A group of misfit outsiders all face the same difficult question of choosing between their dreams and talents, or following greed and vice.
Grieving, drinking and smoking his way through life day by day, blues musician Jonah is compelled to go on a ghostly scavenger hunt by his recently deceased brother Rafe. Only it seems Rafe may have come along for the ride.
Nicole, a journalist, is on a harrowing journey through post-war Bosnia to piece together the mysterious disappearance of a female victim of the country’s ethnic cleansing.
Herlinda, a Purépecha indigenous potter, is one of the few artesans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. She will devote herself to her community whilst promoting the art craft tradition.
Ayşe and Cemal love each other and it has been only a few years since they got married. They manage to make it and live happily in Istanbul, which they have run away to. The only thing missing in their lives is a ‘child’. As they can’t have a baby under normal circumstances they approach illegal ways – but this decision they make would end up destroying their marriage
Center of Gravity deals with universal questions about love and our expectations toward the beloved, the thin line that simultaneously divides and unites one another.
Working at a movie theater is fun, and that’s why Mason, Dennis, and Gabe have done it for years. But eventually years of neglecting the world outside the theater finally catch up to them. Now they have to make a decision; start on the long, hard path to maturity or stay at the theater where they can avoid customers, masturbate in the broom closet and figure out new uses for movie trailers.
A highflying City Executive searches for an unambitious slacker to father a baby and be a stay at home dad while she continues her career.
She hid from the world for years. All she wants now is to escape.
A gothic tale of three people from a forgotten American town, whose lives intersect in the present but even more so in the past, brought to the screen through a highly creative medley of alternative animation techniques.
When Chhai discovers a sculpture of the Hindu Goddess of fertility in a mysterious Bombay workshop she is consumed by a corrosive obsession and driven to the brink of madness by an uncontrollable desire to have it for herself.
Culture Shock is about four American college grads who take their first trip overseas and get caught in an international crime ring. It’s an action-packed thrill ride with humour, intrigue, and tweets.
When struggling artist Colson finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of deception and betrayal.
Cinema’s prodigal daughter Jennifer Lynch braves the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization.
A promoter of socialism and the Cuban Revolution, when faced with a fatal illness, decides to undertake a personal revolution, to welcome the woman he has always had inside him.
An anti-social, god-fearing woman scrapes through life under the delusion that she can hear God’s voice. Then, one day, she comes across a young man at a bar…
An anti-social, god-fearing woman scrapes through life under the delusion that she can hear God’s voice. Then, one day, she comes across a young man at a bar…
Benoit and Maryse: a brother and sister with seemingly normal lives. Everything is changed by a series of coincidences… and the arrival of a man claiming to come from the future.
Augusto Talanquer, a well-known biochemical researcher, abandons his wife, his work and his comfortable life to go after Marlene, an extraordinarily beautiful fourteen-year-old girl who burst into his life unexpectedly.
For Rubin and Ed
Reclusive Rubin Farr teams up with vocal but unsuccessful multi-level salesman Ed Tuttle on a quest to bury Rubin’s dead cat in the “perfect spot”.
Three visionary filmmakers give us a glimpse of enlightenment through the eyes of three one-of-a-kind characters who are each on a journey that changes the way they see the world and themselves. Each filmmaker provides a different perspective on what the ‘Fourth Dimension’ is while keeping a common theme—by broadening your mind and changing your perspective on life, you can pave your own path to enlightenment.
Caught up in a world he doesn’t fit in to, ‘Frank’ tells the unique story of a lonely outsider who manages to find friends in the strangest of places.
An intimate portrait of Jean Claude Jones, a 60 year old avant-garde double bass player from Jerusalem, who has dedicated his life to music. Ever since he was diagnosed with MS, his ability to continue creating music has been in danger. The film accompanies his unusual teacher-student relationship with 11-year-old pianist prodigy Ariel Lanyi, which develops into a deep and unique friendship. A film about passion, music, life and the process of letting go.
Juan is a fitness enthusiast who works at a factory, but his dream is to leave that job and start his own gym. After witnessing a crime, he is torn between his conscience and his dream, morality and blackmail.
The quintessential American instrument, from its African roots to the present. Narrated by Steve Martin, Give Me the Banjo features Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck.
Wild poetry from the turmoil of world events and a powerful and moving portrait of the last, forgotten victims of the Nazis.
Hannah and Sam are still young, they have a house, a wonderful daughter and interesting and well paid work. He is successful and the decision maker, she is a slightly hypersensitive dreamer. However, their polite and comfortable family routine starts cracking because of lies, lack of trust and jealousy…
A night watchman slowly begins to lose his grip on reality when he visits places of intense suffering in the life of deceased serial killer he is obsessed with. In a dangerous twist, he encounters a prostitute who threatens to unleash his darkest desires.
Sven lives with his mother Edeltraut, who is suffering from demetia. He shares his entire life, the apartment, even his bed with her. While he works, Daniel comes to the apartment to look after Edeltraut. One day, while Daniel is cleaning, Edeltraut locks him out on the balcony and takes off. The two men go looking for her, but what they find is not just Edeltraut, but also a tender fondness for each other…
A couple is relieved when their children return after disappearing near some mysterious caves while on vacation in Tijuana — but it soon becomes clear that a terrible change has taken place within them.
The Hidden Hand is a controversial award winning documentary that explores the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth. It examines a spectrum of topics like alien abduction, human/alien hybridization, the military’s reverse-engineering of alien technology and the government cover-up of anything related to E.T. Is this a form of cultural madness, or is there really something really going on?
An aspiring Broadway songwriter jeopardizes his budding career and the relationships around him when he encounters a talented singer whose voice he believes is beyond compare.
A feature documentary about the composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey (1939-2001). The film combines live action and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute.
The lives of two women collide in this Finnish thriller. Elli a student struggling with debt, finding herself drawn into an ever seedier world to pay the bills and Iris, a debt collector for whom violence is all part of the job. Events conspire to draw these two together in unexpected and dramatic fashion.
Informant takes a spellbinding look at Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never fully understood.
For the first time in history of football, a Worldwide Selection of stars will play against a World Selection of… children! Ivan, an eleven-year-old boy, is selected to play the game but will also try to win Paula’s heart. And this match is going to be much more difficult…
An extraordinary feature-length documentary about one man’s search to answer the question in all of us — isn’t there more to life than this? The film follows young Englishman Tom Allen’s solo journey into the Sahara Desert and his unexpected romantic encounter.
When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with ALS, they said he’d never make music again. 22 years later, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes.
Since her brother’s death, 15-year-old Adèle feels stifled by her sad and lonely life on a remote farm with her parents in the German country side. When she meets murderer-on-the-run Timo, 43-year-old, she agrees to help him escape to Marseilles if he promises to release her from her painful life by killing her…
My name is Louis Després. I am 28 years old. I live in Montreal, in this fucking shit-hole of a province. I don’t know what I like. I don’t know who I like. I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I don’t know who I am. One thing I do know is that I am not the Other.
As idiosyncratic as most of Marker’s magic musings on film memory and amnesia, this highly humanistic view of the last pre-nuclear face-off between the USA and Japan fuses contemporary documentary footage and a computer-age digital focus to reverberant effect.
East London, the present. Emma faints on the catwalk at a rehearsal for the London fashion week. Her best pal max, hair stylist and occasional trannie queen, is bored of playing second fiddle to Emma’s never-ending drama.
A high school rock band on the verge of breaking up gets locked in their garage for a day.
From birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces. The outcome of this battle determines the society we create. This is a film about the cultural, educational and commercial forces that shape who we are and what we do.
Documenting the stories of real individuals that are addicted to love with raw honesty, Love Addict is intimate, uncomfortable and thought-provoking all at the same time.
A tentative friendship grows into something more when two dancers meet by chance on the streets of London.
Her name is Zoritsa, but the raged villagers name her “the kiss of death”! Is Zoritsa a serial killer or just a girl bearing an extraordinary curse?
Luna discovers her dead lover’s notebook filled with cryptic messages. The book will lead Luna to the ends of the earth and beyond.
The film is an examination of the phenomenon of Internet celebrity and focuses on Chris Crocker, a video blogger known for the infamous “Leave Britney Alone” YouTube declaration.
Meet Neal, a guy in a quarter life crisis, trying to get over a break-up by tricking women on the Internet. His plan is going well, until meeting Jane, who may be just as devious as he is.
Two friends try executing their ‘get-rich-quick’ plan by kidnapping their boss’s daughter and holding her for ransom. But when the plan falls apart, they must scramble to fix the situation and repair their friendship.
Using voiceover narration, archive footage, audio diaries and heavily stylised recreations, former Hollywood publicist Jonathan Holiff unravels the personal and professional mysteries of his father Saul, who served as agent and manager for Johnny Cash throughout the ’60s and ’70s.
A feature length documentary film about a thrilling new way of travelling and an unexpected benefit of globalisation.
Spanish nurse Aina decides to go to Mexico City, looking after her father who she thought was dead. Soon, she finds herself in a place where new opportunities will change her life.
Two boys find themselves in a young girl’s flat with two other men and here they experience their first encounter with love and sexuality. The children lose track of time. They were expected home long ago. They drink, throw up and are intoxicated by love and “the shameless, unbridled and licentious” world in which David, Kateřina and Štěpán live.
In this satire a group of eccentric characters explores the art of making noise using everyday objects in a world where noise really matters.
‘Normal’ is a creative documentary based on controversial research that brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. Drawing on original interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK, documentary director and anthropologist Nicola Mai reveals their unheard voices.
NYman with a Movie Camera presents a shot-by-shot reconstruction of Dziga Vertov’s iconic film, ‘Man with a Movie Camera’, replacing the original sequences with footage from Michael Nyman’s own film archives shot over the last two decades.
Growing in desperation and riled by disrespect, an aspiring actor is driven over the edge through his attempts to be more assertive.
A story of a boy who travelled through the Himalayas to flee Tibet when he was six.
A documentary feature about a remote village in South Africa, where only white Afrikaans people live – a culturally homogeneous place in a multicultural country.
A film following the life of Dave St-Pierre, Canadian provocateur dance choreographer suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, filmed over a two-year period of his life.
Percy’s night unfolds in one single shot as he pursues the love of his life, who has never noticed him. Until Now.
This is the story of an American professor who is compelled to turn his back on a successful career and get on the road that takes him through danger, the unknown and the surreal, back to the roots to reclaim his identity.
A Philosophy of Closed Eyes is a poetic journey which takes us into the Northwestern world of funerals and end-of-life experiences.
A narcissistic American filmmaker discovers the Murphy’s, an Irish family with an undead son, and jumps at the opportunity to document their strange story.
A contemporary romantic comedy about the trials of finding the right person, told through four completely different love stories.
Elegantly shot in stark monochrome, with a score by William Basinski, the second feature from American writer-director Laurence Thrush stares our collective mortality in the face with a quiet,
contemplative and moving portrait of the impermanence of life and the loneliness of death.
Breaking away from his underworld job as an assassin, Ken is trying to go straight and build a new life. However, his dark past isn’t giving up that easily…
Mistaken for a marked man named Diego, Sergio ends up on the wrong side of a long lasting dispute between Hector and the native villages. Unable to convince those around him that he is not the man they are looking for Sergio must learn to walk in the shoes of the real Diego, and fight for his life.
Marcel Lévesque, a savvy, quick-witted car salesman nearing retirement, has only one thing on his mind: getting his beloved American cars off the snowy lot. One day he sells a brand new truck to François Paradis, a laid-off worker from the mill, leading to repercussions Marcel never imagined
On September, 15th, 2009, the State of Ohio tried to execute Romell Broom and failed. Ohio claims it has a right to try again.
A love story about four generations is narrated by Lutvija Belmondo Mirga, a gypsy king, who decided to establish his own village named ‘Shanghai’. After the downfall of Yugoslavia, business goes bad for Belmondo, who must decide whether he will protect his own family or sacrifice his personal happiness for business ambitions.
A young secretary, lacking in self-esteem, becomes victim of savage killer but somehow finds resources of courage to fight back and escape.
Growing up stifled by the conventions of traditional accordion music, this documentary charts the course of Kimmo Pohjonen’s life as he revolutionized the instrument, and pushed its sound into startling and visceral new directions.
It’s 1986 in Communist Yugoslavia, and socialist worker Peter falls into a shock-induced catatonic state after winning ‘Worker of the Year’ award in his local collective. 10 years later he awakens to a radically different world, where everything he once knew is now history.
String Caesar, shot inside prisons with inmates and actors, creates a fascinating dialogue between the historical story of a young Julius Caesar and the drama of incarceration in the 21st century. These stories linked by common themes – of human passion, rivalry, enmity and friendship, visceral and latent violence – bridge the millennia.” The prisoner who becomes a Caesar. The Caesar who rules a cell.
A German exchange student begins an impulsive and ultimately destructive relationship with a shy British boy in her final weeks before returning home to her warring family.
Complex, allusive and visually ravishing, this remarkable essay-film imagines a series of letters from a globally-roving cameraman, nagging away at what constructs and constitutes individual and collective memory, history and the mediated image itself. At times an almost science fiction analysis of Japanese customs, of Icelandic landscapes, of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, of documentaries.
Birthed as a dusty trading route at the turn of last century, Sunset Strip became the world’s center of gravity for music, glamour, fashion, sex, and decadence. A place where dreams are started, chased, loved, hated, displayed, ignored, ended, or all of the above.
“This Ainʼt California” redefines the documentary genre. In 90 minutes, we see the GDR more sharply, more clearly: the skater subculture shows that not all was grey-on-grey and drab clouds of Trabant fumes. It is not just a well thought out story on its own – this film also raises the aesthetic bar.
Starring Jeremy Irons, Trashed looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and a political wake-up call.
Thought-provoking to the point of shocking, Vegetarian Cannibal is a riveting character study of a ruthlessly amoral gynaecologist aided by a society that prefers not to look too closely.
Graham Bendel’s latest film is about legendary post-punk band Subway Sect & enigmatic lead singer & postman Vic Godard. Irvine Welsh & Edwyn Collins guest.
Vinyl is based on Mike Peters’ true rock and roll hoax of 2004. Washed-up rocker, Johnny Jones, hoodwinks top record labels, radio DJs and the entire rock music world by releasing his new pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band’s name….
Every year, thousands of locals from rival sides of a rugged English town brutally compete in an ancient sports game that is the lifeblood of the community – and the origin of soccer, rugby, and football.
In 2009, a music video producer is forced to shut down his music video production company due to illegal downloading of music on the net. Under financial strain, he attempts to rekindle with his family, notably his teenage son, but quickly realizes that he may have lost a lot more than he ever imagined.
In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, four young people trade the hazards of street life for the excitement of the circus.
Have you ever fantasized about murder? Whether it’s offing your boss, an ex, a relative, this documentary invites its participants to act out their murder fantasies, either as killer or victim. Interspersed with their thoughts and feelings on humanity and the desire to deliberately end another’s life.