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OUR THANKS TO
Daniel Goodwin, Dan Drake, Jemma
Ballantyne, Denne Dempsey, David Allain,
Jessica Gormley, Sofia Bak, Maude
Laflamme, Marie Morin, Laurent Gagliardi,
José Dubeau, Mei Rider, Astrid Bulmer,
Agathe Bonitzer, Karel Och, Philip Bloom,
Oli Harbottle, Virginie Sélavy, William C.
Martell, Nicolangelo Gelormini, Sarah
Radclyffe, Gaia Meucci, Karel Spesny,
Kate Tancred, Nic Baisely, Ashlin Ritchie,
Elliot Scott, David Reynolds, Fuad Omar,
Manuel Diaz, Lupita Ayala, Eduardo
Gomez, David Martinez, Mariela Velasco,
Sean Chavarria, Junko Takekawa,
Helena Culliney, Diederik Smet, Claire
Maher, Chris France, Jessica Leung,
Kate Bradford, Jacques Henry-Bezy,
Adam Woodward, Denise Parkinson,
Natasha Bishop, Andrew Birnie Lukas
G-G, Ruby the Rebel, Janine Gerhardt,
Jiri Gerhardt Greco, David Theobald,
Steve Mitchell, Robert Lenkiewicz, the
ladies from Cinemacity, Novi Sad, Una
at Film Centre Serbia, Serbian City
Club London, Micha from ORF, Zekic
at Divx, Marcus Agar at WildRooster,
Soulfood Films, TeleFilm Croatia, Emotion
Film/Vertigo Slovenia, Artikulacija
Montenegro, Arsmedia, Super-films
Belgrade, Manuela at IntraMovies and
Latido Films, Tiska Wiederman, Jaimy
Warner, Elli Raynai, Facundo Campos,
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Suarez, Daniel Kresmery, Reka Kresmery,
Maxime Feyers, Francois-Xavier Alet,
Philip Gambrill, Michael Barker, Keith
Greenhalgh, Dean Goldberg, Patrick
Tucker, Col Spector, Jurgen Wolff,
Martin Gooch, Simon Hunter, Chris
Thomas, Tony Morris, Dave Reynolds,
Zara Ballantyne Grove, Jezz Vernon,
Ken Loach, Christopher Nolan, Neil
Sen, George Crivelli, Neil McCartney,
Carl Schoenfeld, James Fair, Frederica
Byron, Giorgio Francesconi, Nick Hinton,
Clive Bradley, Elia Rulli, Alex Stone,
Tanya Webb, Peter Robertson, John
O’Brien, Dan Martin, Roland Heap, Derek
Christopher, Dov Simens, Johanna Von
Fischer, Tessa Collinson, all at Upbeat,
Emma Woodwark, Smita Dey, Pei-Sze
Chow, Galen Rosenthal, Jasmina Sijercic,
Anne-France Argos, Martin Brady, Matteo
Lovadina, Reel Suspects, Martin Myers,
Jack Bowyer, Junko Takekawa and all
at the Japan Foundation, Gee Vaucher,
Kiyomi Nakazaki, Wide Management,
Marion Klotz, MFI, Jezz Vernon at
Metrodome, Maëlle Guenegue, Désirée
Ballantyne and Matthew Paluch
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SPECIAL EVENTS
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CHRIS MARKER RETROSPECTIVE
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INDEX
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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
6.00pm Opening Night Gala: Here Comes the Devil 97 mins p20
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
1.00pm
3.00pm
3.15pm
3.30pm
3.45pm
4.00pm
5.30pm
6.00pm
6.00pm
6.15pm
6.30pm
8.00pm
8.30pm
8.45pm
9.00pm
9.00pm
Shorts: Best International 115 mins p176
Center of Gravity 70 mins p168
Level 5 105 mins p56
Ivan’s Dream 101 mins p108
Sunset Strip 93 mins p96
My Universe in Lower Case 90 mins p132
Familiar Ground 98 mins p134
International Film Finance Panel 150 mins p34
The Lottery of Birth 77 mins p82
Shorts 13: The Chronicles 89 mins p178
Vice Presents: The British Wrestler + Caribbean Fashion Week 75 mins p46
Vice Presents: The Fourth Dimension 106 mins p47
Vinyl 85 mins p88
Sunless 99 mins p57
How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? p154
This Ain’t California 90 mins p121
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
12.30pm
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3.00pm
3.15pm
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In Search of Blind Joe Death 58 mins p93
Raindance Masters Degree Screening 80 mins p43
Shorts: Best UK 94 mins p177
Winter Passed 73 mins p138
Zero Killed 80 mins p123
Janapar 84 mins p80
Familiar Ground 98 mins p134
The State of Shock 96 mins p120
Sunless 99 mins p57
Glorious Deserter 80 mins p104
Music Videos 70 mins p39
Loveless Zoritsa 80 mins p111
Laurentie 120 mins p135
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8.00pm
8.15pm
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9.00pm
Shorts 5: Gone Astray 94 mins p180
Orania 94 mins p113
Wild in the Streets 84 mins p164
Free Improvisation 109 mins p91
Strings 85 mins p86
Level 5 105 mins p56
Sado Tempest 94 mins p145
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
12.30pm
12.45pm
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8.45pm
9.00pm
The Internet Filmmaker 100 mins p35
Laurentie 120 mins p135
Vegetarian Cannibal 84 mins p122
The Lottery of Birth 77 mins p77
Center of Gravity 75 mins p168
Die Standing Up 74 mins p128
Noise Matters 123 mins p159
Shorts: Best UK 94 mins p177
Banaz: A Love Story 70 mins p74
Bill Martell: Secrets of Action Screenwriting 90 mins p28
Shorts 6: Animated Display 77 mins p174
Be Seeing You 49 mins p55
Confine 91 mins p78
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet 95 mins p36
The Salesman 107 mins p137
Indebted 94 mins p107
In Search of Blind Joe Death 58 mins p93
Dark Hearts 96 mins p151
Nyman with a Movie Camera 67 mins p40
Trashed 97 mins p87
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
12.30pm
12.45pm
1.00pm
1.15pm
1.30pm
3.00pm
3.15pm
The Salesman 107 mins p137
Production Design Workshop 100 mins p42
Heavy Girls 101 mins p106
Zero Killed 86 mins p123
A Road Stained Crimson 110 mins p144
Anatomy of a Reel: The Underwater Realm 120 mins p22
Flower in the Slime 100 mins p130
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Don’t Dare to Stop Love 54 mins p142
Shorts 1: Vexations in Transit 87 mins p189
Ivan’s Dream 108 mins p108
Shorts 2: Sculptured in Time 87 mins p184
The State of Shock 93 mins p120
Me @ The Zoo 92 mins p156
Over My Dead Body 80 mins p136
Percival’s Big Night 94 mins p161
Without a Net 60 mins p165
The Second Execution of Romell Broom 97 mins p118
Black Smoke Rising 103 mins p76
The Ascent 94 mins p98
Missed Connections 81 mins p157
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER
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Bill Martell: Writing Horror 90 mins p28
The Lottery of Birth 77 mins p82
Shorts 1: Vexations in Transit 87 mins p189
How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song 104 mins p154
Me @ The Zoo 100 mins p156
Vinyl 85 mins p88
Loveless Zoritsa 80 mins p111
Sado Tempest 94 mins p145
Confine 91 mins p78
Banaz: A Love Story 70 mins p74
Winter Passed 73 mins p138
Prime Cuts 90 mins p41
Ballroom Dancer 80 mins p100
Shorts 3: Semiotext(e) Fiction 76 mins p185
Frank 93 mins p79
Corrode 92 mins p169
Shorts 12: The Grafters 118 mins p181
Culture Shock 85 mins p150
Sunset Strip 100 mins p96
Locked in a Garage Band 86 mins p155
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER
12.30pm
12.45
1.00pm
1.15pm
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Bill Martell: Take ’em in Ten 90 mins p28
Orania 94 mins p113
Shorts 2: Sculptured in Time 87 mins p184
A Road Stained Crimson 110 mins p144
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3.00pm
3.15pm
3.30pm
3.45pm
4.00pm
5.30pm
5.30pm
6.00pm
6.15pm
6.30pm
8.00pm
8.15pm
8.30pm
8.45pm
9.00pm
Wild in the Streets 84 mins p164
Trashed 97 mins p87
Indebted 94 mins p107
Strings 85 mins p86
Missed Connections 77 mins p157
Dark Hearts 96 mins p151
About the Pink Sky 113 mins p140
Consuming Spirits 130 mins p149
Glorious Deserter 87 mins p104
Shorts 4: Octane City 100 mins p183
Despite the Gods 85 mins p170
Shanghai Gypsy 124 mins p119
Black Biscuit 127 mins p75
Live!Ammunition! 120 mins p38
Mon Ami 102 mins p158
My Universe in Lower Case 90 mins p132
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER
12.30pm
12.45pm
1.00pm
1.30pm
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3.15pm
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3.45pm
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Bill Martell: Your Idea Machine 90 mins p28
Over My Dead Body 80 mins p136
Shorts 3: Semiotext(e) Fiction 76 mins p185
About the Pink Sky 113 mins p140
Ballroom Dancer 80 mins p100
The Ascent 90 mins p98
Black Smoke Rising 103 mins p76
Locked in a Garage Band 86 mins p155
Percival’s Big Night 87 mins p161
Kill Me 90 mins p109
Olo, The Boy From Tibet 108 mins p143
My Father and the Man in Black 89 mins p94
Shorts 7: Nova Express 89 mins p182
StringCaesar 88 mins p85
Soundbreaker 86 mins p95
A Night Too Young 67 mins p112
Shiver 91 mins p163
The Reel: Content Is King 100 mins p45
Luna Mesa 60 mins p62
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER
12.30pm Bill Martell: Found & Contained 90 mins p29
12.45pm A Night Too Young 60 mins p112
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Shorts 4: Octane City 100 mins p183
Good Night Missy 96 mins p105
The Hidden Hand 80 mins p153
Corrode 92 mins p169
The Grief Tourist 83 mins p152
Culture Shock 85 mins p150
Mon Ami 93 mins p158
Frank 93 mins p79
OK, Good 87 mins p160
A Philosophy of Closed Eyes 72 mins p115
Can 105 mins p102
Shorts 8: Citizen Expedients 93 mins p179
Collabor8te 48-Hour Film Challenge p31
In Search of Blind Joe Death 58 mins p93
Rubin and Ed 83 mins p63
Love Tomorrow 80 mins p83
Live East Die Young 93 mins p81
Donkeys 93 mins p129
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER
12.30pm
12.45pm
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Bill Martell: Do It Yourself 90 mins p29
Soundbreaker 86 mins p95
Shorts 5: Gone Astray 94 mins p180
After School Midnighters 94 mins p141
The Phantom Father 90 mins p114
Despite the Gods 85 mins p170
Kill Me 90 mins p109
Cinema Six 79 mins p148
Normal: Real Stories from the Sex Industry 65 mins p84
My Father and the Man in Black 89 mins p94
Barbarous Mexico 2010 80 mins p126
Andrew Bird: Fever Year 81 mins p90
From Tuesday to Tuesday 97 mins p171
Shorts 9: Warpath Dilemmas 118 mins p190
Death by Camera 120 mins p32
The Beaver Trilogy 85 mins p61
Global Home 96 mins p103
City Slacker 87 mins p77
Give Me the Banjo 84 mins p92
Bad Hair Friday 103 mins p99
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SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER
12.30pm
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Love Tomorrow 80 mins p83
Luna Mesa 60 mins p62
StringCaesar 88 mins p85
Pursuit of Loneliness 95 mins p162
Don’t Dare Stop To Love 54 mins p142
Shorts 10: Street Life 107 mins p186
Brilliant Soil 93 mins p127
Can 105 mins p102
The Grief Tourist 83 mins p152
Bill Martell: Experiments in Terror p29
Normal: Real Stories from the Sex Industry 65 mins p84
Shorts 11: The Survivalists 99 mins p187
Awards Ceremony 90 mins p25
Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying 87 mins p117
At Night I Fly 88 mins p24
Bar25: Days Out of Time 103 mins p27
Angel 41 mins p23
Good Night Missy 101 mins p105
Portrait of a Zombie 91 mins p116
Vegetarian Cannibal 91 mins p122
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER
12.00pm
12.15pm
12.15pm
12.30pm
12.45pm
2.15pm
2.30pm
2.30pm
3.00pm
3.00pm
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4.45pm
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5.15pm
5.30pm
7.30pm
Bad Hair Friday 100 mins p99
Give Me the Banjo 84 mins p92
From Tuesday to Tuesday 90 mins p171
City Slacker 87 mins p77
OK, Good 79 mins p160
Love Addict 82 mins p110
Maverick Screenwriting with Josh Golding 100 mins p37
After School Midnighters 103 mins p141
Shorts: Best International 115 mins p176
Heavy Girls 93 mins p106
The Hidden Hand 92 mins p153
The Phantom Father 97 mins p114
Shorts 14: The Thrillers 102 mins p188
Body Complete 93 mins p101
Cinema Six 79 mins p148
Closing Night Gala: Salt 116 mins p21
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THE FESTIVAL JURY
Nic Baisley, owner of FilmSnobbery, is an advocate and passionate speaker for indie film,
a film reviewer, and the host of the web broadcast series FilmSnobbery Live! Nic also offers
his services as an independent film consultant whose passion is giving a voice to independent
content creators.
Philip Bloom is an industry veteran of 23 years of which he spent a large portion working in
broadcast news and documentaries. For the past few years he’s become a leading figure in the
low budget digital filmmaking world with his pioneering work using DSLRs and affordable large
sensor camcorders. He splits his time between shooting projects and teaching. Recent projects
have included Lucas Films’ Red Tails and Raindance winning doc How to Start a Revolution.
Daughter of French directors Pascal Bonitzer and Sophie Fillieres, actress Agathe Bonitzer
started out aged 13 in Les Sentiments by Noémie Lvovsky. She has worked with many filmmakers
since, such as Jacques Doillon, Christophe Honoré, Guillaume Nicloux and of course her parents,
while keeping up her studies at La Sorbonne – she is doing a Masters in Modern Literature.
Nicolangelo Gelormini was born in Naples. He graduated in directing from the Centro
Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School) and got his degree in Architecture at the
Università Federico II. His first feature film Napoli24, co-directed by Paolo Sorrentino and other
Italian filmmakers, was released in May 2012.
A former Raindance Festival producer, Oli Harbottle has been at documentary distributors
Dogwoof since 2006. He is responsible for all aspects of distribution at Dogwoof, from acquisition
through to release. He has overseen the highly successful campaigns for titles such as The Age
of Stupid, Restrepo, Countdown To Zero and Bobby Fischer Against The World.
William C Martell has written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid, and sold
many other screenplays to producers and studios which managed not to get made. He has two
screenplays set to film this winter – a big action thriller in Europe and a contained thriller for TV.
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Originally from Italy, Gaia Meucci has worked in the film industry in the UK and France in
different capacities, including animation production, distribution and as Short Film Programmer
for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2011 she managed the international sales and
distribution of Autour de Minuit’s short film catalogue. She has recently become the Short Film
Programmer of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol.
Karel Och has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as programmer and
member of the selection committee since 2001. He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary
competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston and Samuel
Fuller, among others. In 2010 Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF.
Sarah Radclyffe co-founded Working Title in 1984 with Tim Bevan and whilst there produced
several films including My Beautiful Laundrette, Wish You Were Here and A World Apart.
Following the acquisition of Working Title by Polygram in 1993, Sarah left to pursue a more
independent career. Since then, she has produced or executive produced, amongst others, Les
Miserables, The Edge of Love and Rafina. Sarah has served on the board of Channel 4, the BFI
and the UK Film Council.
Virginie Sélavy is the founder and editor of Electric Sheep, the online magazine for offbeat,
left-field and transgressive cinema. She has edited the collection of essays The End: An Electric
Sheep Anthology and has contributed to World Directory Cinema: Eastern Europe. Her work has
appeared in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Cineaste and Frieze.
Karel Spesny is the co-founder and Program Director of the Prague Short Film Festival, which
was established in 2005 by Karlovy Vary IFF in Czech Republic’s capital. For 6 years he was
the editor in chief of the independent film magazine Cinepur and prepared the concept for the
European House Cinema in Prague.
Passionate about content and the changing landscape of today’s media Kate Tancred became
Managing Director of The Smalls – a network of talented, independent short film and content
creators. The Smalls attempts to revolutionise the industry by bridging the gap between emerging
talent and distributors/commissioners of content.
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OPENING NIGHT GALA: HERE COMES THE DEVIL
WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM
A young couple are on holiday in Tijuana, Mexico. They
reluctantly let their children explore a set of caves but panic
sets in when they don’t return on time. Discovered the next
morning they are quiet and subdued. As time passes it becomes
increasingly apparent that the children are more withdrawn, their
behaviour decidedly different. It becomes clear that something
happened to them down in that cave, but what? Were they
abused by a local man, or did something more sinister occur?
Young horror director Adrian Garcia Bogliano cites Picnic
at Hanging Rock and Don’t Look Now as influences on this
film, and it is clear why. This is a horror film, but a subtler, more
beguiling one than you might be used to.
Please see the full review on p131.
Followed by an After-Party at Café de Paris with live music
from The Real Tuesday Weld, film composer Stephen Coates’
cult ‘antique-beat’ band who have been said to ‘giddily recall
Gainsbourg, Pulp, Cole Porter, early Disney soundtracks and
seedy postwar revue bars’ (The Sunday Times).
The screening will take place at Cineworld Haymarket
63–65 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RL
Gala tickets are available at www.raindance.org
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SCREENING SPONSORS
CLOSING NIGHT GALA: SALT
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM
Obsessed with making his own Western, filmmaker Sergio flies
out to the Atacama desert in search of inspiration. Arriving in a
small village things immediately take a turn for the bizarre when
he receives a warm and familiar welcome from the residents,
who seem to know him as ‘Diego.’ Things become more sinister
however, when he learns that the vicious local bandit Victor has
a score to settle with this Diego. Trapped in the desert, hunted
by a bandit – Sergio appears to be starring in his own Western.
But though the lines between fiction and reality may be blurring,
bullets still kill.
As loving an homage to the Western as you are ever going to
find, Sergio’s status as a screenwriter raises Salt to the level of
a meta-Western. Filled with the tropes and set-pieces of classic
Spaghetti films, this is also a film about filmmaking, storytelling,
dreaming big and finding yourself. All the things a good film
should be about then.
Please see the full review on p172.
The screening will take place at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR
Followed by an After-Party at Jewel Piccadilly.
Gala Tickets are available at www.raindance.org
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ANATOMY OF A REEL: THE UNDERWATER REALM
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM
Thousands of years ago, the world’s most advanced civilisation
sank beneath the waves, its people forever doomed to wander
the ocean floor. The Underwater Realm is the story of the
five times those on the surface have caught a glimpse below:
freediving off the coast of modern Hawaii, a downed pilot at the
height of World War II, amidst the smoke and fire of the Spanish
Armada, a suicidal girl in medieval England, and finally, at the
height of Roman power in 149 BC.
Go behind the scenes at The Underwater Realm, arguably
the most ambitious independent film project ever attempted.
Discover how the fully volunteer team learned to dive, light and
film underwater; to recreate five different time periods, building
their own full scale Spitfire and Spanish Galleon; worked with
Executive Producers Raindance to raise $100,000 from over a
thousand fans worldwide. Finally, catch a world premiere of the
first of the films, and sneak peek at what else is to come.
Realm Pictures was founded in 2005 by director David M
Reynolds, director of photography Eve Hazelton, and production
designer Shahriah Abdullah. Realm was founded on the belief
that independent film should not have to compromise itself in
terms of ambition or scale. Realm’s first feature film Zomblies,
a £10,000 action b-movie, won Best Science Fiction / Fantasy
at the 2011 London Independent Film Festival, and recently
passed three million views on YouTube.
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ANGEL
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM
A painting-like image of a young girl’s face occupies the screen
for a full 40 minutes, moving almost imperceptibly. Occasionally
she looks away, or closes her eyes, always returning her gaze
to meet yours. Her face changes and morphs so subtly, you
can never be entirely sure if your eyes are playing tricks on
your brain. A sublime exercise in visual perception, Angel is
a captivating work of unsettling beauty by artist Gee Vaucher.
Accompanied by a haunting, mysterious soundtrack – spatially
mapped and building to quiet crescendos – its subtle audio,
combined with the girl’s changeable expressions, builds a
loose impression of narrative that is mesmerising, compelling,
meditative and open to interpretation. Not one for those seeking
comfortable, story-led cinema, this is a work that would be
equally at home in a gallery or a cinema: a boldly experimental
video painting, owing something to Abbas Kiarostami’s Shirin, as
well as to the hyperrealist art movement.
Gee Vaucher has kept a surrealist/situationist edge to her
recent work, moving away from outward attempts to incite social
change towards more personal explorations of her anarchopacifist and feminist ideals. Drawing on a series of large-scale
paintings of children that have ‘seen too much, too soon’, Angel
finds Vaucher exploring notions of youth and innocence. SM
Country UK Runtime 41 mins Original Format Min-DV Director/Writer/
Producer/DoP Gee Vaucher
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AT NIGHT I FLY
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM
This award-winning documentary follows director Michel
Wenzer’s short film Three poems by Spoon Jackson (2003)
which showcased the creative writing of a poet serving life
without parole. At Night I Fly is an intimate and thoughtprovoking film in which the director steps back and allows his
isolated and articulate subjects to share their thoughts on their
surroundings at their own pace.
The absurdity of prison culture, with its routine violence and
racial politics, is identified by many of the inmates interviewed.
The arts (poetry readings, gospel choirs, blues guitar) provide
humanity within such an environment, where they have defied
the unwritten rules just by participating in the now defunct Arts
in Correction programme, another tragic loss to funding cuts.
Folsom means for most not danger, but isolation, ‘closure of
both the mind and the heart. And the spirit.’
Through self-expression comes understanding and a form
of freedom, and it’s apparent that this is the most that can be
desired by those facing a lifetime of physical confinement. ‘It’s a
place where everything that is fucked up gets deposited,’ states
inmate Marty, ‘and that’s why I’m here.’ KB
Preceded by a live performance from Penny Rimbaud.
Country Sweden, Denmark Runtime 88 mins Original Format 16mm, HDV
Director/Writer Michel Wenzer Producer Tobias Janson DoP Eric Börjesson,
Albin Biblom Cast Rick Misener, Spoon Jackson, Marty
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At Night I Fly will be preceded by a
live performance by poet, philosopher
and provocateur, Penny Rimbaud, of
his epic poem Oh America, featuring
Louise Elliott on tenor sax. This is in
continuation of Rimbaud’s established
collaborations with MIchel Wenzer,
notable amongst these being Threnody
for the Victims of Dominion, a seven
part song cycle performed earlier this
year in Gothenburg, Sweden.
AWARDS CEREMONY
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 6PM
To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 20th Raindance
Film Festival in 2012, a number of jury prizes will be awarded. The winners will be announced at
the Apollo Cinema on Saturday 6 October at 6.00pm. The nominees are:
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
From Tuesday to Tuesday
Dark Hearts
Laurentie
A Road Stained Crimson
Salt
Vegetarian Cannibal
BEST UK SHORT
Bird
For Elsie
Mapmaker
The Pub
Sister
A Thousand Empty Glasses
BEST UK FEATURE
City Slacker
Confine
Live East Die Young
Love Tomorrow
StringCaesar
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
Bolero
Buzkashi Boys
The End
The Foreigner
Interview Date
The Old Woman
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
After School Midnighters
The Ascent
Bad Hair Friday
Indebted
A Night Too Young
Strings
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Ballroom Dancer
Despite the Gods
The Lottery of Birth
Orania
Over My Dead Body
Trashed
FILM OF THE FESTIVAL [SHORT]
The winner will qualify for consideration in the Short Films
category of the Academy Awards without the requirement
of the standard theatrical run. They will also be offered the
chance to film next year’s Raindance Film Festival trailer, with
the support of the Independent Film Trust.
FILM OF THE FESTIVAL [FEATURE]
Awarded to the fiction or documentary feature film that best
embodies the spirit of Raindance.
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BAR25: DAYS OUT OF TIME
PARTY FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER FROM 8PM TO 4AM / SCREENING SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 8PM
Bar25 means endless dancing, swings that fly up into the sky,
mud wars and confetti baths with pirates, cowboys and Indians.
It is a place to live, to drink, to dance, to create, a nightlife venue
and daytime workspace, a wellness oasis and gourmet mecca.
Worlds away from society’s conventions and norms, it became
the melting pot from which a true Berlin culture emerged.
This film follows the creators of Berlin’s Bar25, four young
individuals who turn social conventions upside down to form a
counterculture in the 21st century. Their freewheeling way of
life, music, individuality and never ending energy transforms
a riverside wasteland into a fantasyland by the river Spree. A
wonderland-night-and-day-club in Berlin, Bar25 is an enchanted
adventure playground where adults become children again.
Lotta, Danny, Christoph and Juval live as a community on
the grounds of the bar, sharing a trailer and a toilet, despite the
fact that the bar makes close to 2 million Euros per year. The
film investigates the ambivalence of the community, of these
so-called ‘business hippies’, who question whether their form
of living is valuable and authentic or if their hedonistic neverending parties are a mere form of escapism. With the growing
success and pressure, the ideals of the group begin to crack.
THE DAYTRIPPERS
Country Ireland Runtime 6 mins
Original Format Digibeta Director
Pat Comer Writer/Producer Keith
Bogue DoP Ger Conway Cast Tom
Newman, Dick Tobin, Barbara Seery
There’s nothing nicer than a sedate
Sunday drive in the countryside, now
that you have reached your golden
years. Yeah, sure.
Country Germany Runtime 96 mins Format HD Director/Writer Britta Mischer,
Nana Yuriko Producer Arden Film: Andro Steinborn, Ben Schneider / 25films:
Peppa Meissner, Britta Mischer, Alexander Schmalz, Nana Yuriko DoP Peppa
Meissner, Alexander Schmalz Cast Danny Faber, Quentin Tarantino, Britta Arnold
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BILL MARTELL WRITING WORKSHOPS
7 WORKSHOPS AT VARIOUS TIMES
SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM
Write an effective plot twist, create unbearable suspense, design exciting action, create a high
concept villain’s plan, use diversion and anticipation to make your script unpredictable, and create
great heroes and villains. Why an action scene is a character scene and a story scene – or it’s
rubbish. How to write a page-turner. Dozens of techniques that can be used in any genre.
WRITING HORROR
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
From Martys to Orphan, horror is hot. You’ll learn everything you need to know to write in this
genre, from creating dread, loss of free will, fear of the unknown, classic horror (like The Others)
vs stalk & slash and modern horror. How to create a monster. What do Rosemary’s Baby, Night of
the Living Dead, The Exorcist, Bride of Frankensein and The Others have in common? This class
will tell you. All of the critical elements necessary to write a script that scares audience.
TAKE ‘EM IN TEN
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
By page ten you have either hooked your reader and made them want to read more, or lost them
and they set your script aside. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.
This class will teach you techniques that will make your first page exciting and engaging to
readers, and methods to hook readers by page ten so that they must find out how your story ends.
YOUR IDEA MACHINE
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 12.30PM
How to find and develop ideas that Hollywood is looking for and you are passionate about. A
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great script with a dull idea is a dull script. Learn tools like magnification, flipping, cousins, word
association, why high concept is your concept, finding your personal themes in high concept ideas.
FOUND & CONTAINED
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
Two of the hottest types of stories right now are found footage films like Chronicle and Project X
and the paranormal activity movies, and contained films like Buried and Phone Booth. But how do
you come up with ideas like this and how do you write them?
DO IT YOURSELF
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
Making your own film? Writing for a niche market? Writing a web series? This class covers
everything you need to know from central locations to confined cameos to Robert Rodriguez’s
school bus. Using examples from Moon, The Cooler, Station Agent and films produced by the
instructor for pocket change, this class is packed with information. How indie films challenge the
audience (while mainstream films reassure the audience). Writing for a budget, writing for nonactors, getting the most production value out of your budget.
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 4PM
Radical story experiments from the films of Alfred Hitchcock. From false flashbacks to multiple
stories (like Pulp Fiction) to single shot films to parallel stories to fixed point of view to villain
protagonists to symbolism to dream sequences (from Dali!) – Hitchcock’s stories often used
experimental storytelling techniques that are seen as unusual and cutting edge today. Discover
how you can use these techniques in your screenplays.
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BOOZIN & SCHMOOZIN
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM ENVY POST, 46–48 FOLEY STREET W1
‘It’s not about what you know but who you know’ has always
seemed like an insult to talent. And we abhor the word
networking. Nevertheless, being friends (or at least friendly)
with other people in the industry can only be a good thing,
for your social and your professional life. Come to Boozin &
Schmoozin and we can’t promise you a a life-long partner (either
business or romantic) but we do promise there’ll be someone
with whom you can discuss Trent Harris, and someone who
wants to make film and needs another set of hands.
Free to Raindance members and pass-holders, £5 on the door
for everyone else.
Doors open at 6.30 and the cash bar is open till 11pm; however,
we can’t let anyone in after 8.30, so come early!
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COLLABOR8TE & RAINDANCE 48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM
Get your films made. Get your films seen. Collabor8te and
Raindance are challenging London’s filmmakers to make the
best 5-minute film in 48 hours.
Ten short-listed films will be premiered at the Raindance Film
Festival 2012 ahead of the winner being announced. Judges
will include acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Rankin, and
prizes will include Raindance courses.
The challenge begins at 7pm on Friday 28 September.
Filmmaking teams will be briefed at the Apollo Cinema, Lower
Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR .
Completed films must be returned to the Apollo Cinema
by 7pm on Sunday 30 September. Short-listed films will be
screened and the winning film announced on Thursday 4
October at 6.30pm
Short-listed filmmakers will be given 4 complimentary tickets.
Additional tickets available for purchase from the Raindance box
office. Spaces are limited. Enter today by dropping an email to
[email protected] with your name, team name, address,
contact number.
Good luck from everyone at Collabor8te and Raindance.
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DEATH BY CAMERA
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM
What does it take to get a movie made? Writer/director Martin
Gooch should be able to answer. He’s made over thirty shorts
and is presently working on his second feature In Search Of
Simon, whilst his debut feature, Death, screened to sell out
crowds at the Hollywood Film Festival last month.
Join Martin with the cast and crew of Death for a
reconstruction of a key scene, followed by a screening of the
feature with a live commentary from the director.
Death is a mysterious comedy sci-fi drama about two
brothers and two sisters who need to own up to some basic
facts following the death of their last remaining relative. Part
family drama, part farce, part steampunk and part ghost story,
Death has something for just about everyone. This uniquely
British and wholly independent production has a cast of familiar
actors; it stars Leslie Philips, the British veteran of over one
hundred films, Linal Haft (Moulin Rouge), Paul Freeman (Hot
Fuzz, Raiders of the Lost Ark) with a musical score composed by
Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen.
Country UK Director/Writer Martin Gooch Producers Martin Gooch, Jade
Alexander, Malcolm Walker DoP Martin Gooch, Stuart Biddlecombe, Mark
Hammond, Chris Preston Cast Dave Acton, Elizabeth Austin, Emily Booth
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ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY with amBX
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM MOVING PICTURE COMPANY SCREENING ROOM, 127 WARDOUR ST, W1
Seeking a new laboratory to pursue his controversial genetic
research, Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at the worldrenowned Institute for Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in
wintry Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most topsecret project – a human regeneration gene – has the potential
to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that
has haunted him for years. Driven by the loss of his son to a rare
genetic disorder Burton sets out to find the cure, but when he
uncovers a conspiracy amongst his colleagues he finds instead
something quite different: a lethal new virus, with potentially
devastating consequences for humanity – and for Burton, who
is not only its first victim, but its unwitting source.
The film will be followed by a discussion with amBX and
Producers with Darryn Welch (Instinctive Film), Neil McDonald
(amBX) and Patrick Pinnock (O P Film and Media Ltd).
Country Germany/Australia Running Time 101 mins Format HD Arri Alexa
Director Eron Sheean Writers Eron Sheean, Shane Danielsen Producers Darryn
Welch, Mike Dehgan, Cole Payne DoP Anna Howard Cast Michael Eklund, Karoline
Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall
amBX – Changing the Cinema
Experience with Light and Colour
amBX is is doing with light and colour
what Dolby is doing with surround sound
in the world of filmed entertainment.
RGB LED ambient lighting installed in
the auditorium, triggered dynamically
by the action, colours and sound from
the screen will bring the director’s
vision and the lighting cameraman’s
technical wizardry into the auditorium
and literally wrap it around the viewer.
amBX will in the future control not just
lighting but other appliances such as
fans, hydraulics, heating and cooling
systems to stimulate all the senses
and give a completely unique cinema
experience. This special screening of
Errors of the Human Body will an amBX
world premiere.
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INTERNATIONAL FILM FINANCING PANEL
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM
The London chapter of the Institute for International Film
Financing (IIFF) continues its popular monthly gatherings at
the junction of film and finance with a special Film Financing
Townhall within the Raindance Film Festival at the Apollo
Cinema in Piccadilly.
This high level film finance gathering is designed to foster and
inform productive relationships between attendees. It provides
insight and education about the business of film and film
financing in particular.
The event features a powerful roster of speakers from
the filmmaking and financial industries. We are delighted to
welcome real-world financiers among our guests! The evening’s
ten presentations plus panel discussion address key issues
relevant to filmmakers, financiers and anyone interested in the
economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of
motion pictures. They are followed by Q&A time. Attendees also
have the opportunity to network with our featured experts and
amongst themselves.
SPEAKERS AND TITLES OF TALKS
SCREENING SPONSOR
Defining and Creating a Market for
Your Film Projects
James Simpson (Producer, Director)
Introducing the Hexagon Film Fund
I LP – A £50 Million Offshore Fund
Patrick Pinnock (Media Entrepreneur)
The Structure and Features of the
Hexagon Film Fund I LP
Amedeo Claris (Lawyer & Fund Advisor)
Sales & Distribution Strategies for
Movies for a Global Market Place
Simon Crowe (Founder, SC Films).
Delivering Value to Media Funds
and Listed Film Companies
Iain Brown (Founder, Brown Films)
The Importance of Well Packaged
Film Projects for Your Production
Paul Usher (Head, Instinctive Film)
Defining & Protecting Intellectual
Property Rights in Film and Media
Tony Morris (Partner, Marriott Harrison)
Creating Value through Tax and
Financial Strategies for Indie Film
Dave Morrison (Nyman Libson Paul)
Delivering Movies on Time and
within Budget – Key Lessons
Roy Benson (Producer, Editor, Director)
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THE INTERNET FILMMAKER
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 12.30PM
Hollywood fears the internet and pretends it doesn’t really exist.
While certain of the movie moguls are slowly waking up to
the potential of the internet, few within the film industry really
have. Movies and moviemaking for the internet are a golden
opportunity for independents.
Entrepreneurial filmmakers realise that the web offers a
series of opportunities, both commercially and creatively, that
make the advent of ‘the talkies’ seem ordinary. But which way
should you go? Which content works? What platforms should
you use? And most importantly, how can you monetise your
work effectively?
These and other questions will be discussed and debated.
Come and join a panel discussion with media pioneers
specialising in a range of internet skills from web series, gaming,
app building and digital distribution. Learn first hand from
filmmakers in the throes of developing their audience building
skills, their storytelling, and most importantly, their finances.
Our expert panel will be discussing the very latest
developments, showing clips and hosting a spirited Q&A. Bring
your notebooks, save up your questions and don’t forget your
business cards.
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JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET – CASE STUDY OF A DOC
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 6.15PM
People loved Jason Becker. ‘If only he’d lived’, they say. Except
that Jason Becker is not dead yet.
Considered by many to be a guitar prodigy and a virtuoso, by
19 Jason was about to embark on a tour with David Lee Roth
(the holy grail of gigs for a guitarist) when he was struck down
by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Otherwise known as Lou
Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a degenerative motor neuron condition
that leads to complete paralysis. Most who contract it are dead
within five years. 22 years on, not only is Jason alive but he is
still composing music, using only eye movement on a computer
system created by his father.
It’s this level of devotion from his parents and friends that
most shines through. Like a small business, their support
not only keeps Jason alive but also allows him a meaningful
life. From attending live performances of his own work, to
communicating advice to young guitarists, his talent continues
to flourish and influence people.
Moving but never maudlin, the film is an inspiring triumph of
the human spirit and a testament to the power of love. JL
Followed by a discussion between filmmaker Jesse Vile and
documentary distributor Oli Harbottle
Country UK/USA Runtime 87 mins Original Format HD 1080p Director/
Producer Jesse Vile DoP Carl Burke Cast Jason Becker, Gary Becker, Pat Becker
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AMERICAN LUTHIER
Country USA Runtime 8 mins
Original Format HDV Director/
Writer/Producer/DoP David Aldrich
Cast Randy Parsons
Documentary short about a guitarmaker whose client list includes some
of the greatest guitar players in the
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MAVERICK SCREENWRITING WITH JOSH GOLDING
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 2.30PM
In this workshop, Josh Golding, author of Maverick
Screenwriting (Bloomsbury, 2012) will challenge you to think
outside the box. Do you want to get your film noticed, to create
a stir at festivals? Josh will introduce you to the some of the
narrative and stylistic strategies that can help your story stand
out from the crowd, and reflect your own unique way of looking
at the world.
Every film and television executive says they’re looking for
original stories, but what does that mean? The techniques of
Maverick Screenwriting will help you play with time, reality and
point of view in the service of stories that change the way we
look at the world. Discover the techniques that get daring new
filmmakers talked about, and give big-budget films like The
Matrix, The Truman Show and Avatar an original twist.
Josh Golding has worked as a script consultant, producer
and screenwriting teacher in Hollywood and Europe for over
twenty years. He began his career working for the Samuel
Goldwyn Company in Los Angeles, before working for MGM/
Pathe, BBC Films and PBS. He is currently Associate Lecturer
in Screenwriting at Central St Martin’s College, at the University
of Arts in London.
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LIVE!AMMUNITION! PITCHING EVENT
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM
Have you got a great idea for a movie? This is it. Your chance
to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film executives.
These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy
scripts – they are the people who decide what will be made and
what won’t.
To pitch, just drop a fiver in the hat, and the floor is yours. You
have two minutes to convince the panelists your script is great,
and maybe to read it. They can and will gong you off if you are
boring.
Improve your pitching skills and get instant feedback. Some
previous Live!Ammunition! pitches have gone into production,
these include Meet The Parents (1994), 51st State (1995),
Siamese Cop (1996) and White Bhaji (2001).
Book your seat quickly in order to ensure entry, last the
Live!Ammo! was completely packed, more than 150 people
showed up.
Panelists will be announced on raindance.org
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MUSIC VIDEOS
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 5.30PM
VIOLINS
Artist Elia & The Low Tears Country UK Format HD Dir/
Writer Tom Shankland Producer Ikonic DoP Alev Erdogan
EASY WAY OUT
Artist Gotye Country Australia Director/Producer Darcy
Prendergast DoP Andrew Goldsmith, Jeremy Blode
MADLY IN LOVE
Artists Yfke van Berckelaer, Lucas Cantor, Femke Weidema
Country USA/Netherlands Dirs/Writer Yfke van Berckelaer
Prods Y van Berckelaer, Darren Herczeg DoP M Pastreich
EVERY MINUTE ALONE
Artist WhoMadeWho Country Denmark Director William
Stahl Writer/Producer Michael Vogt DoP Thomas A
SLUGABED’S TURBO JUICER 4000
Artist Slugabed Country UK Format HD Director/Writer/
Produer/DoP Chris Ullens
FIZZY LETTUCE
Artist WooWoos Country USA Original Format HD
Director/Writer/DoP Alex Raskin Producer primehd.com
SEEKER
Artist Bohemian Thought Country New Zealand Dir/Writer
Rollo Wenlock Producer Gemma Freeman DoP Aline Tran
GENTLEMEN IN SQUALOR
Artist Top Shelf Jazz Country UK Original Format S16mm
film Director/Producer Alex Sufit DoP Gabi Norland
MOUNTAIN KING
Artist The Kolin Country Hungary Dir Danila Kostil Writer
Mark Linczenyi Prods Miklos Kazmer, D Kostil DoP G Gabor
BABY’S ON FIRE
Artist Die Antwoord Country South Africa Format HD
Directors Ninja, Terence Neale Writer Ninja, Yo-landi
Producers Julia Schnurr, Kezia Eales DoP Alexis Zabe
GET BY
Artist Delta Heavy Country UK Dir/Writer Ian Robertson
JERSEY
Artist Naive New Beaters Country France Director Remy
Cayuela Writer Remy Cayuela, Esteban & Vinciguerra
Producer Elsa Rakotoson DoP Martial Schmeltz
I CAN MAKE YOU LOVE ME
Artist British India Country Australia Dir Darcy Prendergast.
Seamus Spilsbury Pro Nicky Pastore DoP Darcy Prendergast
IN YOUR ARMS
Artist Kina Grannis Country USA Director/Writer/DoP
Greg Jardin Producer Daphne Raves
INSANE OFFICE ESCAPE
Artist Biting Elbows Country Russia Director/Writer/
Producer Ilya Naishuller DoP Sergei Valyaev
INTERSTELLAR INTERCOURSE: A SPACE-SEX
ODYSSEY
Artist SpaceSex69 Country USA Dir Michael Lukk Litwak
Writers Michael Lukk Litwak, Stefan Weiner, Phoebe Ryan
Pro Taylor Shung DoP Oliver Anderson
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NYMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 8.45PM
Fans of Michael Nyman will be particularly interested in this
digital record since it not only boasts a score by the composer,
but comprises footage taken during various tours, often showing
images from his concerts, press junkets and shots of posters
featuring his name in many different languages. Intercut are
more commonplace images: street scenes, trains, buses, trams,
buildings, people, postcards, photographs, hotel rooms and other
subjects that one would expect to see when travelling.
Nyman has structured the film as a mirror of Dziga Vertov’s
Man With a Movie Camera, using footage from the film as
well as its famous style of varied, seemingly random, images
of modern life cut together. Certain shots become motifs,
repeating themselves through the film, and there is an emphasis
on modern industry and transport.
As well as using some original footage, Nyman also retains
the opening plates that detail, in Russian, the intention of
the work as an experiment in cinematic communication as
defined by its total separation from the language of theatre
and literature in that it doesn’t use sets, actors or a script and
therefore is pure cinema, laid open for the audience to interpret
as they may. CO
This screening is followed by a Q&A with Michael Nyman.
Country UK Runtime 67’ Director/Writer/DoP Michael Nyman Producer
Michael Nyman Productions
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PRIME CUTS
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 5.45PM
This screening celebrates the award-winning films from the
2012 Prime Cuts Festival which supports and screens graduate
talent. We are showing a wide range of work from dramas,
comedies, animations, videos and documentaries. Prime Cuts
is extremely proud to be part of the Raindance festival, bringing
top UK graduate talent to the screen alongside world leading
independent cinema.
Prime cuts is a unique graduate motion arts festival that
not only supports films but also the craft skills that go into
creating – films, videos, animations, TV, advertising – anything
in the motions arts. We support costume designers, production
designers, animators, filmmakers, editors, you name your skill
and we’ll support you. Our annual festival is held at The Old
Truman Brewery in July as part of Free Range graduation show.
Go to primecuts.org.uk for further details.
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PRODUCTION DESIGN WORKSHOP
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 12.45PM
Elliot Scott’s background in production design stems from two
generations of his family working as designers in the British
and American film industries. He has been working for the past
8 years in the industry after gaining a first in Multimedia and
Design from Nottingham Trent University.
From running his own motion arts festival, he understands
what it means to pass on valuable assistance, advice and
real experiences to aid in teaching and inspiring new creative
talent in the UK. A lot of design courses fall short from what
is expected from industry, and he knows he will pass on
the correct contemporary practices to attendees. This is an
introductory talk and workshop on production design
1. The Backgrounds Background. Examples of early set design
on screen, the importance of production design and set
decoration, including examples from top film designers, and
from where their styles have derived.
2. Design for the Shot. The process of low budget film design.
3. From Concept to Screen. An introduction into concept art and
the importance of proper research, leading through to where to
find great research.
4. First Cut. From model to full size. Workshop on model making
for sets and how important both CG models and foamcore
models are on arriving at your final scene.
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RAINDANCE MASTERS DEGREE SCREENING
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 12.45PM
Raindance is proud to present five short films from students
of the Raindance Postgraduate Degree course. The films are
by Chris Hembury, Kate Herron, Stuart Elms, Helier BissellThomas and Kelly Ferguson.
SUMMER SOLSTICE
Country UK Running Time 33 mins Director/Writer/
Producer Chris Hembury DoP Chris Hembury, Richard Cadd
Cast Chris Hembury, Ricardo Provernzano, Joanne Dawn
Two colleagues’ bitter feud reaches boiling point. Locked in
a room with a knife, there will be questions, no lies and one
will die.
KILL LIST: THE MUSICAL
Country UK Running Time 2 mins Director Kate Herron
Writers Kate Herron, Andrew Pugsley Producer Katy
Barnett DoP Karl Clarke Cast Andrew Pugsley, Justin Brett
and Gus Brown
As Jay goes to kill the librarian he suddenly realises how
wonderful hammers are and bursts into a grand, camp and
slightly awkward musical number.
THE JUDICIAL
Country UK Running Time 10 mins Director/Writer Helier
Bissell-Thomas Producers Helier Bissell-Thomas, Daniel
Griffiths, Ahmed Ali DoP Genki McClure, Helier BissellThomas Cast Mark Friedmann, Marcus Dee Farrell, Tor
Andreas Fagerland
The tables turn when a hitman comes home, after many years
away, to confront his mentor and settle an old score.
THE OFFSHOOT
Country UK Running Time 15 mins Director/Writer Helier
Bissell-Thomas Producers Helier Bissell-Thomas, Daniel
Griffiths, Ahmed Ali DoP Genki McClure, Helier BissellThomas Cast Patrick Flynn, Rhiannon Oliver, Elizabeth Nestor
A man frustrated by the banality of his everyday life calls on
his inner demon for aid, with fatal consequences for those
closest to him.
THE SILENT KILLER
Country UK Running Time 5 mins Director Kelly Ferguson
Writer Stuart Elms Producer Kelly Ferguson DoP Jamie M.
Maxwell Cast Alex Nowak, Vilma Jackson, Vian Boudraa
The boy follows the girl, but is he following or is she leading?
After he tries to kill her, will they be able to date?
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THE REAL MACGUFFINS
WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM
The Real MacGuffins are comedy trio Dan March, Jim Millard
and Matt Sheahan. Directed by Cal McCrystal (The Mighty
Boosh, Sacha Baron Cohen) they have performed sketch
comedy across the UK including multi-5 star sell out runs at
the Edinburgh, Leicester, Brighton and Bath Comedy Festivals
and have supported comedians including Stewart Lee, Dave
Gorman, Tim Vine, Phil Nichol and Andrew Maxwell.
Now Jim, Dan and Matt bring their unique brand of fast
paced sketch comedy to the Raindance Film Festival for its
20th anniversary with specially written film-based comedy. They
will be appearing on Opening and Closing Nights, and making
appearances throughout the festival.
They have numerous TV and film credits – this year they
appeared in the BBC2 series The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff
(which also starred Stephen Fry and Blake Harrison from The
Inbetweeners), and The Royal Bodyguard (BBC1) with Sir David
Jason and they have just completed filming on Lee Nelson’s
Well Funny People (BBC3) and BAFTA award-winning Spy
(SKY1), both to be broadcast later this year.
They are developing a radio series for BBC Radio 4 and are
currently working with two TV production companies and this
Summer have produced a series of sketches inspired by the
Olympics – please see therealmacguffins.com for more
information.
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THE REEL: CONTENT IS KING PANEL
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM
Over the past couple of years, more and more brands have used
their marketing money to fund short films, music videos and
other moving-image creative endeavours that step outside of
the 30-second-spot advertising model. Join The Reel – www.
thereel.net – in celebrating the very best examples of this
‘branded content’, screening flicks that’ll tickle your funny bone,
dampen your tear-ducts and boggle your brainbox.
What’s more, The Reel’s editor Jamie Madge will be joined by
a panel of industry experts to highlight the pitfalls and potentials
of ad-money going towards engaging filmic activities. Through
light-hearted conversation, personal experiences and opinions,
they hope to address the opportunities created by this potential
future of advertising.
Seriously, this is one ad-break you won’t want to fast forward.
Panelists
Dan Southern – Consultant at Contagious
James Cunningham – Head of Content at Academy Films
Jamie Madge – Editor of The Reel
Johnny Kelly – Director at Nexus Productions
Stephen Whelan – Executive Producer at White Lodge
ABOUT THE REEL
The Reel is a constantly updated
online compendium of outstanding
commercials, virals, branded content,
short films, music videos and
experimental pieces. Monitoring the
creative landscape for nearly 30 years,
the company comprises of the main site
– thereel.net, The Reel Scout (a sister
site promoting unsigned directorial
talent) and The Reel Presents (a
monthly screening night in East London
encompassing shorts, promos, content,
Q&As and guest speakers).
www.thereel.net
scout.thereel.net
presents.thereel.net
SCREENING PARTNER
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VICE: THE BRITISH WRESTLER + CARIBBEAN FASHION WEEK
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM
The British Wrestler takes a look at Britain’s raucous
underground wrestling scene, from the machismo to the
fetishistic, via the comic and downright depressing.
In Caribbean Fashion Week Charlet Duboc goes to Kingston
to discover Caribbean couture, dancehall’s impact on fashion
globally, skin bleaching and why girls are swallowing agricultural
chicken feed for cosmetic purposes.
The British Wrestler UK Running Time 40 mins Format HD Director/
Producer Rhys James DoP Grant Armour Cast Grado, Dan The Prettyboy Walsh,
The Bucky Boys
Caribbean Fashion Week Jamaica Running Time 24 mins Format HD
Director William Fairman Producers William Fairman, Andy Capper DoP William
Fairman Cast Charlet Duboc
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SCREENING PARTNER
VICE PRESENTS: THE FOURTH DIMENSION
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM
Made under the auspices of Grolsch Film Works and Vice
Films, The Fourth Dimension is a tripartite omnibus of shorts.
All snapshots of potentially larger stories, each offers an
individualistic interpretation of the titular fourth dimension
First up is Harmony Korine’s The Lotus Community Workshop.
Val Kilmer stars as Val Kilmer the motivational speaker
who shares ‘awesome secrets‘ with his local community.
These sessions are intercut with scenes of Val and a female
companion cruising the streets of LA on bicycles.
Segment number two, Chronoeye, comes from Alexey
Fedorchenko of Russia, who has an asocial scientist testing
out a machine that allows him to observe other moments and
places in time. Although the researcher has apparently found
the door to the fourth dimension, glimpses into past and future
are frustrating as he only sees events through the eyes of an
irrelevant observer.
Finally there is Fawns, Jan Kwiecinski’s debut, in which an
apocalyptic flood has emptied out a Polish town, leaving three
guys and one girl roaming the streets and abandoned houses.
They seem to be friends but the atmosphere carries a strange
tension, amplified by the impending threat of the water. MP
SCREENING PARTNER
Country UK, USA, Russia, Poland Runtime 106 mins Dirs Jan Kwiecinski, Alexey
Fedorchenko, Harmony Korine Writers Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko,
Jan Kwiecinski, Oleg Loevsky, Yaroslava Pulinovich Producers Priya Swaminathan,
Matt Elek, Michael Derkits, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Michal Kwiecinski
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connected by
More Opportunities.
More Films.
Collabor8te returns, championing talent from the
UK and Ireland for a second year. Working alongside
Nokia Lumia, Collabor8te will provide more opportunities
for filmmakers to get their scripts developed and
their films financed.
Call for script submissions:
1st October - 30th November 2012
For more information and submissions visit:
www.collabor8te.com
Get It Funded. Get it Made.
Get it Seen.
RANKIN
FILM
PRODUCTIONS
CHRIS MARKER, LEFT BANK DIRECTOR, DOCUMENTARIAN AND FILM ESSAYIST
IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS SEMINAL FILM LA JETÉE. PEI-SZE CHOW
TAKES A LOOK BACK OVER HIS ESTEEMED CAREER AND THE FILMS FEATURED
IN OUR RETROSPECTIVE. CHRIS MARKER DIED ON 29 JULY THIS YEAR
The Original Multi-Hyphenate Artist
I
N AN OFT-QUOTED SHORT PIECE that Marker wrote to celebrate the centenary of
cinema, he recounted one of his first experiences with a Pathéorama optical toy as a
boy and an inspired attempt to create his own film strip. His product was a series of
drawings of a few poses of his cat with captions in between. Proudly, he presented
his piece to a friend from school who retorted: ‘Movies are supposed to move, stupid.
Nobody can do a movie with still images.’
Thirty years later, La Jetée was released.
Chris Marker is no longer with us. But, as a commentator remarked soon after Marker’s passing:
was he ever really with us in the first place? The elusive filmmaker rarely gave interviews or had a
photograph of himself taken. Instead, an avatar of sorts was always offered – a cat or an owl, his
two favourite animals that appear repeatedly in his works. Even his nom de plume compounds the
enigma: ‘I chose a pseudonym, Chris Marker, pronounceable in most languages, because I was
very intent on traveling. No need to delve further.’
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Above and opposite Sunless
Very little is known about his origins besides his full name, Christian François BoucheVilleneuve, and place of birth: narrowed down to either Paris or Ulan Bator, depending on which
story you believe. Even less is known about his early work prior to 1962, known as the ‘lost period’
of his oeuvre. Fortunately, most of those works are still available in French archives, where they
have sat mostly unviewed due to Marker’s own self-censorship: he considered them to be ‘stages
in an apprenticeship’ and therefore unfit for public screening.
‘I’ve always said that films should be seen first in theatres, and that television and video are only
there to refresh your memory,’ wrote Marker in 2003. Yet, even as of 2012, many of us have only
ever seen his work on video or DVD. In fact, few outside of the cinephile community know of his
range of work – La Jetée (perhaps due to its association with Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys) remains
the only film that most people know him by.
Now is as good a moment to remedy this. Four of the late auteur’s films will be showing in
the UK at the 20th Raindance Film Festival, some premieres, some having not been screened in
years. This retrospective of his work will look back at the various forms and media that Marker
experimented with from different periods of his life.
THE MULTI-HYPHENATE ARTIST
From short film to documentary, to essay film and a hybrid piece, the intention is to offer a glimpse
into Marker’s prolific artistic output. Contemporary critics in France had already proclaimed Marker
as a major force in French filmmaking as early as 1962, and this was of course the watershed
year that his post-nuclear masterpiece La Jetée was released. Some call him a transmedia
artist, others call him a film auteur. In today’s parlance, probably the best term would be ‘multihyphenate,’ since he worked not only with film, but also video, installation, various digital media,
photography, literature, and journalism. In any case, Chris Marker was simply an innovator.
As a Left Bank director under the Nouvelle Vague movement, he never settled for any defined
style or aesthetic in his oeuvre. Instead, he continually experimented with various forms and media,
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and is particularly celebrated for bringing into being the essay film, a powerful cross between
documentary and personal perspective that has since been adopted by the likes of Jean-Luc
Godard, Wim Wenders, Michael Moore, and Werner Herzog. Sans Soleil (Sunless, 1982) is one
such defining example of an essay film that examines an historical event through the fusion of
documentary techniques and epistolary form.
Even when the Internet was still in its infancy, Marker had already established himself as an
early adopter of new technologies and new media. He was an owner of an Apple II GS home
computer, and created digital images that would make their way into many of his later films. Virtual
chat platforms such as Second Life were anticipated earlier in Level Five (1996), and he even
created a series of short clips
(termed ‘web cinema’) using
the medium. Immemory (1997)
is a CD-ROM containing an
archive of Marker’s memory, as
it were, sketched out through
images, video clips, and interactive screens. His penchant for new and emerging media tells of
a playfulness and wholehearted love for technology, completely without what Catherine Lupton
calls the ‘hand wringing or pronouncements of doom with which others attached to filmmaking
frequently greeted the burgeoning electronic media and communications revolution.’
It must be said, though, that not all media were equal in Marker’s eyes. He harbored these
thoughts on television in an interview: ‘The exponential growth of stupidity and vulgarity is
something that everyone has noticed, but it’s not just a vague sense of disgust – it’s a concrete
quantifiable fact… and a crime against humanity.’
Commercials too did not escape his scorn, as he insisted that advertising was an industry of
lies: ‘There is a small consolation in the industry’s own terminology: they stop short of calling
themselves “creators”, so they call themselves “creatives.”’
‘Movies are supposed to move,
stupid. Nobody can do a movie
with still images’
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Above Level 5
TRUTH AND MEMORY
Perhaps his disdain is understandable in the light of his primary fascination: truth and memory.
Marker’s films have always interrogated the nature and representation of truth – how it is forged,
presented, represented, and perceived by various communities of viewers. Hence, ‘retrospective’
is indeed a choice term in Marker’s case: as he looked forward to embrace new technologies and
media, his work always focused on the act of looking back at past images, particularly with the
view to understanding the present and future.
History and cultural memory are therefore at the heart of most of his work, where he has
examined multiple perspectives to events such as Okinawa during the Second World War, Fidel
Castro and Cuba, the strikes of factory workers in 1960s France, and the list continues.
In 1967, he helped to establish a filmmaking collective named SLON (Société Pour le
Lancement des Oeuvres Nouvelles; Society for Launching New Works) that was dedicated to
promoting and producing works that encouraged social and political consciousness. The impact
of SLON was immense. It not only empowered filmmakers to examine social issues with a critical
eye, it also encouraged the use of film as a collaborative tool for people to articulate their voices.
The Medvedkin group sprang from the work of SLON – factory workers from various industrial
towns began to make their own films, forming an extraordinary legacy of French militant cinema.
REMEMBERING CHRIS
The films screening at Raindance this year are only a taster of his impressive catalogue of work,
most of them unavailable in the UK. So powerful are Marker’s images that, to date, people are still
performing interactive pieces and installations based on La Jetée, which sees its 50th anniversary
in 2012. As we watch images of Tokyo, Okinawa, Guinea-Bissau, Besançon, and ubiquitous
computer screens, we are also watching his past, and performing the act of remembering Chris.
He died on his 91st birthday, in his studio in the 20th arrondisement of Paris.
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BE SEEING YOU
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 5.45PM
‘To try to give the power of speech to people who don’t have it,
and, when it’s possible, to help them find their own means of
expression.’ This is the legacy that Chris Marker left after he
founded SLON and inspired ordinary factory workers to become
filmmakers.
The film marks the beginning of a collaborative endeavour to
capture the struggles of the workers in Christmas 1967 at the
Rhodiaceta factory in Besançon. Marker worked with Mario
Marret to produce this documentary that gave voice to the
disgruntled factory workers. Interviews, photographic montage,
and Marker’s voice-over produces a tapestry of militant action
and solidarity. PC
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ian Christie.
Country France Runtime 39 mins Original Format 16mm Directors Chris
Marker, Mario Marret Producer SLON DoP Pierre Lhomme
2084
Country France Runtime 10 mins
Format 35mm Director/DoP Chris
Marker Producer La Lanterne
Three young film-makers labour
away in the not-so-distant future.
Commissioned to commemorate the
centenary of the French trade union
movement, this short film celebrates the
role of technology in fostering social
change.
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LEVEL 5
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 3.15PM + FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 8.45PM
A woman named Laura (Catherine Belkhodja) speaks to the
camera, addressing her dead lover. She tries to complete
her lover’s last project – designing a computer game based
on the Battle of Okinawa during the Second World War.
Laura researches Okinawa’s history, and as she delves into
the testimonials and footage, she becomes overwhelmed by
Okinawa’s horrific past.
Shot on video and then transferred to 35mm film, Level 5
was proclaimed by Marker to be his last theatrical feature
film, and that he would only work with computers from then
on. Critics heralded the film as a new kind of cinema release
that interrogated the connections between computer imagery
and cultural memory. This obscured version of Okinawa’s
history is brought into existence by Marker’s hybrid film, where
the computer and its virtual networks are presented as an
indispensable conduit through which truth is examined. PC
Country France Runtime 105 mins Director Chris Marker Producer Argos Films
Cast Catherine Belkodja
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SUNLESS
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 8.45PM + FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 3.45PM
Sarah Cooper, a scholar of Marker writes: ‘Sans Soleil expands
the notion of what it means to “film:” it becomes the spreading
of a fine enveloping and impressionable membrane over the
surfaces of whatever and whomever the camera encounters.’
Sunless, (or Sans Soleil) is Chris Marker’s gift to documentary
cinema. It is what many writers and fellow filmmakers call the
perfect example of an ‘essay film’. Marker describes it as a
‘fictive memory’ – it is an essay and also a travelogue where the
cameraman returns to Japan. The cameraman revisits places
he has seen before, and recounts the different memories that
each places holds for him and for the Japanese. Meanwhile, the
narration is that of a woman who reads parts of his letters to
her. Her comments and reflections flow alongside the images of
modern-day Japan and its people. A harrowing testimony from a
survivor from the war forms part of the film’s core.
It is a film about cinema, and about the extraordinary
capacity of film to capture and represent memory. A line from
the commentary stands out in particular: ‘I wonder how people
remember things who don’t film, don’t photograph, don’t tape.
How has mankind managed to remember?’ PC
The screening on 27 September 27 will be followed by a Q&A
with Martin Brady.
Country France Runtime 99 mins Director Chris Marker Producer Argos Films
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TRENT HARRIS IS A RENOWNED CULT FILMMAKER WHO
BRINGS HIS LATEST OPUS, LUNA MESA, TO RAINDANCE THIS YEAR.
GALEN ROSENTHAL TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT MAKES HIM TICK, AND WHY
THE MAINSTREAM HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME FIGURING HIM OUT
Speaking in Tongues
W
HEN TRENT HARRIS’ FEATURE FILM debut (and only studio film),
Rubin and Ed, was released in May 1992 it was the week of the LA riots.
The city was in a bad mood, and the last thing anyone wanted to see
was a film about two Republicans wandering around the Utah desert
trying to bury a frozen cat. The critics were even more hostile, one critic
pronounced it ‘the worst film of the decade’, while the Boston Globe
stated ‘the person who made this should have his driver’s license revoked.’ Hollywood was done
with Harris and he with them. He packed up his car and returned to his hometown of Salt Lake
City, Utah disappearing into obscurity.
You would think that this is where this Hollywood tale of woe would end, but obscurity is exactly
where filmmaker Trent Harris has flourished. Over the last 20 years he has single-handedly built
a filmography of one-of-the-kind films that defy categorisation, and all dealing with characters on
the fringes of society. Harris has an uncanny knack of finding eccentric characters to focus his
camera on, because he is one of them, their champion. It is through these misfits that he explores
the central theme that runs through all of his films – to be understood by the rest of the world.
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Above Luna Mesa
And that’s Harris’ biggest problem because no one, it seems, can understand him. Hollywood
thought he was a blithering idiot and the film intelligentsia thought he was a moron for thinking
that there was more cinematic truth in one frame of an Ed Wood film, than in all of Jean-Luc
Godard’s work. It’s not that Harris’ films don’t make sense: they all follow the classic story
structure. The difference is that each film is telling the same story, his story. In each retelling, the
use of story structure becomes less and what comes into focus is the process of creation.
This is exemplified by the second feature shown here at Raindance – The Beaver Trilogy – a
film AO Scott of the New York times called a ‘rivetingly strange, multilayered inquiry into celebrity,
obsession, and serendipity’. Comprising three vignettes, the first is a doc about the exploits of
Groovy Gary, a performer and impersonator Harris chanced upon in a parking lot. Harris filmed
Gary, doing impersonations in the lot and
performing his evening drag act as Olivia
Newton-Don. Part 2 has Sean Penn
playing Gary in a dramatic remake of the
doc, and in part 3 Crispin Glover reprises
the role, in a film with much higher
production values. Shot in 1979, ’81 and ’85
this story, and the process of telling and
retelling it clearly fascinated Harris.
That’s the key to understanding Harris, he has no interest in the critiques, audience approval,
or a final product, the process is everything. And with his newest film Luna Mesa he has created
his penultimate masterpiece, a cinematic diary, a film that will never end, which he is constantly
adding to and re-editing. A literal living piece of cinema.
The rest of the world doesn’t understand Trent Harris, because he is constantly in the process
of understanding himself. Join the process.
‘The key to understanding
Harris is that he has no
interest in the critiques,
audience approval, or a
final product’
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THE BEAVER TRILOGY
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 8PM
The original Beaver Kid was a young guy that then cameraman
Trent Harris ran into in a parking lot outside a TV station in
Beaver, Utah. It turned out that this was one very special kid –
an eccentric, a gangly outsider and someone with a story to tell,
just like Harris himself.
He filmed this encounter on video and the story unravels at
the same time to the viewer as it did to Harris that day. Soon the
kid volunteers that he’ll be performing at a talent show that night
in his high school auditorium and invites Harris along to the
undertaker’s where he’s getting his make-up done – he goes on
to mention that later he’ll be dragging up as Olivia Newton-John.
Needless to say, Harris records the whole thing.
Later, Harris set out to re-work the piece, using an actor – a
young and unknown Sean Penn. This time shot in grainy black
and white – it appears like another edition in a series of prints.
There’s a different hue and feel but it’s still an engrossing tale.
Some years later, Harris does another restaging – now with
Crispin Glover in the title role and shot in saturated colour. In all
its guises, the story retains its quirky brilliance and it becomes
hard to imagine the trio watched in isolation of each other. This
is Trent Harris at his best. SB
Country USA Runtime 85 mins Original Format Beta SP Director/Writer Trent
Harris Producers Trent Harris, Walter Hart, Beth Greycloud DoP Trent Harris,
Claes Thulin Cast Groovin’ Gary, Sean Penn, Crispin Glover
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LUNA MESA
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 9PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
Luna is a young woman in the midst of an affair with an older
man when she suddenly discovers that he’s died in a hotel room
in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Alongside his body she finds a diary overflowing with cryptic
messages and symbols. Determined to uncover the cause of
his death she embarks on a journey with his diary as her guide,
little knowing it will take her around the world. She travels to
Sierra Leone, Mexico and Rwanda before eventually landing at
a dustbowl of a rundown café, coincidentally called Luna Mesa
and run by a goat farming mystic.
Harris’ latest film and his fifth, reveals him as a filmmaker
invigorated. The film’s brilliant hues, and the casting of an
actress who wouldn’t seem out of place in a mainstream movie,
suggest a director in full flow. Where his previous films have had
a spur of the moment, DIY aesthetic – Luna, with its enhanced
production values and themes of sex, death and destruction
seems more contemplative and mature.
The fact that he also narrates in places gives the film a very
personal air, almost as if it might be the director’s own story.
Fearless of the critics and boldly individual, it’s no wonder that
Harris retains his reputation as one of America’s original and
most fiercely independent filmmakers. SB
Country USA Runtime 60 mins Original Format HDV Director/Writer/
Producer/DoP Trent Harris Cast Liberty Valentine, Richard Dutcher
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RUBIN AND ED
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM
Rubin Farr (Crispin Glover) is an eccentric man-child who lives
at his mother’s hotel. Fed up with her son’s eccentricities she
demands that he gets out there and makes at least one friend
today. After putting up a bit of a struggle he agrees and soon
stumbles across an unlikely ally – Ed: divorced, middle-aged
and hooked up with a weird get rich quick organization called
PPR – Positive Power Through Real Estate. They make a
deal. Ed (Howard Hesseman) will have dinner with Rubin and
his mother if Rubin agrees to accompany him to a seminar at
PPR. The burgeoning friendship nearly hits the wall when Ed
discovers Rubin’s cat dead in the freezer. But soon Ed finds
himself accompanying Rubin on a road trip through the Utah
desert in search of a perfect spot to bury the cat. Along the way,
the unlikely duo develop a strange friendship.
Michael Greene stars alongside Glover and Hesseman as Mr
Busta, head of PPR, with a sparkly cameo by Karen Black as Ed
Tuttle’s shrewish ex.
Harris exposes a naively ever-positive America, well before
the latest meltdown, a time when anyone who was willing to do
the work, attend the seminars believed they had a crack at the
big time. A brilliantly wacky look at the American Dream, Rubin
and Ed shows Harris at his most weirdly imaginative. SB
Country USA RT 83 mins Format 35mm Director/Writer Trent Harris Producer
Paul Webster DoP Bryan Duggan Cast Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman
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DOCUMENTARIES NOT ONLY CAPTURE THE WORLD, THEY HOLD
IN THEM THE POWER TO CHANGE IT. BUT AS THE FORM HAS CHANGED
OVER THE YEARS, SO TOO HAVE THE TYPES OF SUBJECT COVERED.
SMITA DEY REFLECTS ON THIS YEAR’S SELECTION AT RAINDANCE
‘In feature films the director is God;
in documentary films God is the director’
Alfred Hitchcock
R
EMEMBER GOING TO SEE YOUR first documentary on the big screen? For
me it was back in 2004 with Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. The thought
of spending part of my meagre wage to see an informative film with a serious
message rather than my usual fix of fictional escapism made me feel slightly
uneasy. It wasn’t really my thing, popcorn and pic ’n’ mix didn’t seem quite
right. But peer pressure and critical acclaim of Brobdingnagian proportions
gravitated me towards the cinema to see what all the palaver was about. Stepping out after, I
couldn’t help feeling a little more enlightened than when I went in. It had been worth the pennies.
That initial hesitation was perhaps caused by a reluctance in considering the genre as a
serious art form. There was a time when the documentary was the sole preserve of television.
Technological advances saw the introduction of cinéma vérité in the 1960s when the use of
portable 16mm cameras together with the ability to capture synchronous sound allowed an
intimate relationship between the filmmaker and the subject. During the ’90s, they became a
valuable component of the art-house cinema circuit and until only a few years ago, it was a
rarity to find one showing at your local picturehouse. They seemed to attract a specific audience
interested in issues with gravitas. But since the success of films such as Morgan Spurlock’s Super
Size Me and Kevin Macdonald’s Touching the Void, documentaries have been scaling up mount
popular and nowadays are sitting comfortably alongside the latest over-funded CGI-manipulated
box-office smash hit.
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Above Zero Killed Opposite Soundbreaker Previous Crazy Love (Raindance 2007)
It’s surprising that this hunger for ‘reality’ arises in an era when we appear to be well equipped
– even over-catered – for access to news and information. Perhaps at a time when the world
seems a complex and sometimes frightening place, there is an increasing desire to seek a context
to the facts and the kind of perspective that time, research, thoughtful analysis and intelligent
storytelling can bring. ‘Reality changes. In order to represent it, modes of representation must
change’ said Bertolt Brecht.
And what compels people to make documentaries? Well, they’re relatively low budget, yes, but
only a few make it as big money-earners. Of the documentarians I’ve encountered, their infinite
drive and enthusiasm to tell their story and impart a message make them a peculiar, obsessive
bunch – passionate to show you something raw and real that will make a difference in some way,
be that on a global, national or individual level. A medium where journalism meets art.
Some of the best documentaries undermine your expectations with their unusual subject
matter or their unusual way of treating the obvious. Such a film is Orania, Tobias Lindner’s study
of an Afrikaaners-only town in post-apartheid South Africa. The town has, unsurprisingly, got a
lot of bad press – but Lindner isn’t interested in demonising the residents as bigots and racists.
The rapport he has built with the community is such that the interviews he gets are with open
and honest subjects, people who see their way of life threatened by the global embrace of
multiculturalism. Content to sit back, as it were, and let us draw our own conclusions, Lindner has
built an all the more successful film for his even-handed approach.
If you like your documentaries thought-provoking, look no further than Martinez and van Praag’s
The Lottery of Birth. It tackles the staple political themes of freedom, power and control from a
refreshing prospective, drawing together challenging and inspiring ideas from some of the world’s
leading intellectuals, journalists and activists. It’s style is simple and succinct: the narrative and
interview footage with the likes of Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Howard Zinn among others do
most of the work. You might not agree with all that is conveyed but for certain, as the end titles
roll, you will be left questioning the foundations of our modern democratic society as we know it.
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Of course, not all documentaries have to be polemic. Today they are a more sophisticated art
form no longer dominated purely by social issues. The success of films such as Man on a Wire and
Senna suggest a zeitgeist for great creative storytelling. In-depth observations on the lives of the
quirky and eccentric are a weakness of mine: Dan Klores’ award-winning Crazy Love (Raindance
2007) has left an indelible stain in my memory. It’s the bizarre love story of Burt Pugach and Linda
Riss. In 1959, when their affair ends, Pugach becomes so obsessed with getting her back, he hires
a thug to throw acid in her face. Despite his lack of remorse, Riss takes him back when he finishes
his term in prison. Watching Pugach and Riss telling their tale is stranger than fiction. It’s glimpse
into the twisted darker side of passion, love and human nature is a treasure of a guilty pleasure.
Quirky at this year’s Raindance
includes Kimmo Koskela’s
Soundbreaker: a portrait of Kimmo
Pohjonen, an iconoclastic musician who
accepts no boundaries to where his
music takes him. In the dramatic opening
sequence we see a barren landscape,
a crisp white-linen sheet of icy expanse. Your gaze follows an almost naked man carrying an
accordion. He jumps, without hesitation, into an opening in the ice and the heart-pounding
symphony begins. Sounds odd doesn’t it, but as the film unravels you can’t help but acknowledge
the talent Pohjonen possesses in taking inspiration from nature and his organic surroundings and
translating it into his music. Speckled with beautiful landscapes, the film’s artistic cinematography
compliments Pohjonen’s own creativity, and the music’s pretty good too, arousing and haunting.
So if like me back in 2004, you’re dallying with the idea of seeing a work of non-fiction, now’s
a better time than any to take a bold step into the real world. And where better than this year’s
Raindance, with nearly 30 documentaries screening you’ll have a choice from a pic ’n’ mix of the
funny, serious or bizarre (see Zero Killed). Just don’t forget your popcorn.
‘Their infinite drive to tell
their story and impart
a message make them a
peculiar, obsessive bunch’
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ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
Tracing a year in the life of eclectic US indiefolk rocker Andrew Bird, Aranda’s film paints
the portrait of a boldly original performer.
Playing in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
DESPITE THE GODS
Jennifer Lynch braves Indian movie making,
where chaos is the process and filmmaking
doubles as a crash course in acceptance and
self-realization. Playing in World Cinema
BALLROOM DANCER
Celebrated Russian dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy
returns to the circuit after a nearly careerstopping injury. Playing in Days in Europa
DIE STANDING UP
Die Standing Up is a powerful film about the
struggle against disease, identity crises, social
injustices and discrimination fought by one Irina
Layevska. Playing in Mexican Film
BANAZ: A LOVE STORY
Banaz was murdered by her family in 2006 in
an honour killing. This film tells Banaz’s story
and the story of the police team that brought
her killers to justice. Playing in Homegrown
BARBAROUS MEXICO 2010
In 1910 John K Turner published Barbarous
Mexico, exposing slave trading that had been
abolished 100 years prior. 2010 and the slavery
networks still exist. Playing in Mexican Film
BRILLIANT SOIL
Herlinda is one of the few in her community
who uses lead-free glazes. She devotes herself
to a community that is risking lives by not
following suit. Playing in Mexican Film
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FREE IMPROVISATION
A portrait of Jean Claude Jones, a double bass
player from Jerusalem who has dedicated his
life to music and been diagnosed with MS.
Playing in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
GIVE ME THE BANJO
The quintessential American instrument, shown
from its African roots to the present. Narrated
by Steve Martin, Playing in Raindance
Symphony Orchestra
THE HIDDEN HAND
This controversial film explores the possibility
of an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth.
Playing in North American Indies
IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH:
THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY
Innovative feature about composer, guitarist,
author and provocateur John Fahey. Playing in
Raindance Symphony Orchestra
ME @ THE ZOO
An examination of Internet celebrity focussing
on Chris Crocker, known for his infamous
‘Leave Britney Alone’ YouTube declaration.
Playing in North American Indies
JANAPAR
The film follows Tom Allen’s solo bicycle
journey into the Sahara Desert and his
unexpected romantic encounter.
Playing in Homegrown
MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK
Jonathan Holiff unravels the personal and
professional mysteries of his father Saul, was
agent and manager for Johnny Cash. Playing
in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET
Documentary about a rock guitarist struck by
a degenerative condition just as he was poised
for superstardom. Playing in Special Events
GLOBAL HOME
A documentary about a thrilling new way
of travelling and an unexpected benefit of
globalisation. Playing in Days in Europa
THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH
Powerful film about the cultural, educational
and commercial forces that shape who we are
and what we do. Playing in Homegrown
ORANIA
Stunning film about a remote village in South
Africa where only white Afrikaans people live –
a culturally homogenous place in a multicultural
society. Playing in Days in Europa
LOVE ADDICT
Documenting with raw honesty the stories
of people addicted to love. Intimate,
uncomfortable and thought-provoking all at the
same time. Playing in Days in Europa
A PHILOSOPHY OF CLOSED EYES
What happens to a body after death in
contemporary Britain, France and Holland? The
answers include eco coffins and natural burial
grounds. Playing in Days in Europa
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THE SECOND EXECUTION
OF ROMELL BROOM
On 15 September 2009 the State of Ohio
tried to execute Romell Broom and failed.
Ohio claims it has a right to try again despite
mounting doubts over the justice of the initial
verdict. Playing in North American Indies
SOUNDBREAKER
Growing up stifled by the conventions of
traditional accordion music Kimmo Pohjonen
revolutionized the instrument and pushed its
sound into startling and visceral new directions.
Playing in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
SUNSET STRIP
Sunset Strip has become the world’s centre
of gravity for music, glamour, fashion, sex, and
decadence. Featuring interviews with Johnny
Depp, Slash, Sofia Coppola and more. Playing
in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA
Part tribute to the life story of an individual, part
recollection of Germany’s divided East/West
past through the lens of the skateboarding
subculture. Playing in Days in Europa
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TRASHED
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. Playing in Homegrown
WITHOUT A NET
In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro four young
people are given the opportunity to trade the
hazards of street life for the excitement of the
circus. Playing in North American Indies
WILD IN THE STREETS
Every year thousands of locals from rival sides
of an English town brutally compete in an
ancient sports game that is the lifeblood of
the community, and the the origin of rugby and
football. Playing in North American Indies
ZERO KILLED
Have you ever fantasized about murder?
Whether offing a boss, an ex or a relative, this
documentary invites its participants to act out
their murder fantasies, either as killer or victim.
Playing in Days in Europa
BANAZ: A LOVE STORY
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 3.45PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 4PM
In the UK, it is estimated there are over 12 honour killings a
year, although the true number may never be known. Banaz:
A Love Story follows the horrifying events in the killing of
Banaz Mahmod, murdered in January 2006 by her own family
in retaliation for leaving her abusive husband and falling in love
with another man.
Banaz’s family fled Saddam’s Iraq in 1998, but like many
Kurdish immigrants their strict traditions were only reinforced by
the identity crisis they faced living in a foreign culture. Growing
up, Banaz and her sisters faced domestic violence and female
genital mutilation in the name of the family keeping face in their
community. Even sadder, Banaz was let down by the police too;
after going to them following a murder attempt by her father,
she was sent back to live in the family home.
But the film doesn’t fail to warm, as well as disgust. It is an
outpouring of love from Bekhal, Banaz’s sister, who bravely
testifies against her own family despite the danger to her life,
and it is a testament to the love felt by Detective Chief Inspector
Caroline Goode, who lead the search for the body and the
killers. A completely absorbing, upsetting, enraging, heart-felt
and must-watch film. OK
Country UK/Norway Runtime 70 mins Director Deeyah Writer Darin Prindle
Producers Deeyah, Darin Prindle, Andrew Smith Executive Producer David
Henshaw DoP Jeremiah Chapman Cast Caroline Goode, Diana Nammi, Nazir Afzal
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BLACK BISCUIT
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM
An experimental film from Derby by a first time filmmaker, Black
Biscuit loosely follows the adventures of Matt, a young man
embarking on a search for a first job, and a life.
With few companies willing to hire someone with no
references and no experience it proves a nearly impossible
task until Matt decides to explore a more unconventional route.
He makes ends meet by doing everything from modelling for a
community college life drawing class for seniors to branching
out into the lower echelons of the sex industry.
He goes on to meet an eccentric Italian who attempts to
show him the ropes, an over the top gigolo who offers up advice
on making women feel good about themselves while providing
tips on how to spot negative post-coital body language. He also
visits a dominatrix’s lair when he acts as a subject for a new
recruit. After hours there’s a lot of time spent in pubs, in one
scene playing ping pong to a soundtrack of a Noel Gallagher
interview about the emotional benefits of throwing TV’s out of
hotel windows.
Shot on what looks like a variety of degraded lo-fi formats
Black Biscuit is a promising start for a new filmmaker intent on
experimentation. SB
Country UK Runtime 127 mins Director/Writer/Producer/DoP Fabrizio
Federico Cast Fabrizio Federico, Victoria Howard, Daniel Angelus
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BLACK SMOKE RISING
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 8.30PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM
Embittered Jonah struggles to write, and read, the eulogy for
his domineering older brother’s funeral. Spiralling into a self
destructive mess of alcoholism and self-pity he is surprised to
learn that Rafe, his brother, has left ‘something precious’ to him,
something that can only be discovered by following a trail of
clues. Reluctantly he sets out on this treasure hunt, only to find
that apparently Rafe’s spirit will be along for the journey.
Both the English countryside and the capital’s industrial
sites are beautifully, if monochromatically, captured by
cinematographer Warrillow; shot in high-contrast black and
white, and with a kickarse bluesy rock’n’roll soundtrack, this film
has style to spare.
Director Drew Cullingham returns to Raindance after winning
‘Best Micro-Budget’ at last year’s festival with Monk3ys.
Returning with him are actors James Fisher, Jonnie Hurn and
Aj Williams and such a close-knit team allows this film to veer
off to the experimental. With Jonah’s one-sided conversations
at the heart of the script, trust between Cullingham and Fisher
must have been paramount. Together the Monk3ys Ink team
have created an intimate and raw portrait of a man on the edge,
struggling for something to keep him from toppling over. JB
Country UK Runtime 103 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Drew
Cullingham Producers Drew Cullingham, James Fisher, Jonnie Hurn DoP Glen
Warrillow Cast James Fisher, Wil Johnson, Jill Greenacre
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CITY SLACKER
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
She works 70 hours a week and she’s another year older. Her
best eggs have been fried in a fire at the fertility clinic and she
has just lost the only potential sperm she could have got her
hands on. It’s not the best of birthdays for Amanda. As if this
wasn’t enough her gambling father turns up on her door step
when he has lost everything and has nowhere else to stay.
High flying executive Amanda is past her prime, biologically
speaking, and now she finds out that if she wants to have any
children she will have to do it the traditional way, and fast! As
her father gets familiar with the modern inventions in Amanda’s
home, Amanda herself gets to work on her new project: finding
an intelligent, fit, young, handsome and gentle man who’s
excellent with children and happy to be a house husband. Easy.
City Slacker feels fresh and honest. While its characters are
to an extent (funny and loveable) caricatures and the film is
poking fun at the greedy city culture, it also deals with the ever
growing confusion that gender roles present us with in modern
times. The writing is thoughtful and witty, the acting is touching
and the comedic timing is spot on. The added depth makes it a
breath of fresh air amongst rom-coms. MG
Country UK Runtime 87 mins Original Format HD Director James Larkin
Writer Michael Mueller Producers Michael Mueller, Fiona Gillies Executive
Producers Jane Walde, Raj Sharma DoP Edward Ames Cast Fiona Gillies,
Geoffrey Streatfield, Tom Conti
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CONFINE
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM
Director and screenwriter Tobias Tobbell has created a tense,
claustrophobic thriller with a talented and stylish young cast. We
find anxious former model Pippa (Daisy Lowe) pottering around
in her spacious London flat in four-inch heels, supported by a
walking stick. It is clear that she has been through a lot, but she
is about to go through a whole lot more.
Having been facially disfigured, Pippa lives a sheltered life
alone in her home which, though attractive, is unmistakably
representative of her isolation and solitude. Routine however,
soon gives way to uncertain chaos with the arrival of confident
crook Kayleigh. (Eliza Bennett). As Kayleigh casually roams
the flat we are left to speculate who is at the other end of her
phone, and whether this sweet-voiced intruder is willing to make
use of the gun that she carries in order to get what she wants.
Confine is shot entirely inside the victim’s flat with a small
principal cast (which also includes Alfie Allen). Two volatile
central characters brings a level of insecurity and suspense
throughout and the film finds an unpredictable rhythm of calm
and frenzy. This is a slick, innovative take on the hostage thriller
and serves as an unforgettable reminder to take your burglar
alarm more seriously. KB
Country UK Runtime 91 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Tobias
Tobbell Producer Emily Corcoran DoP Eben Bolter Cast Daisy Lowe, Alfie Allen,
Eliza Bennett
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FRANK
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 4PM
Frank is something of a social misfit. His flat contains the
chaotic hoardings of a lifetime, and yet out in public his life
is guided by a set of obsessive compulsions: not walking on
cracks, righting and lining up disorderly rubbish bins and so
on. A senile mother and an unpleasant landlady don’t make
the best of companions for Frank, but that is about to change.
The first, Sasha, a fellow lodger who seems to have some
insight or understanding into Franks state of mind, is surely
benign. The second, a larger than life character called Fidel
who Frank meets on the beach might not be. Frank invites
Fidel back to stay, but he proves not to be the most gracious
of houseguests.
Director Richard Heslop’s background is in making music
videos for many big names, including The Cure, The Smiths,
Paul McCartney and Sinéad O’Connor. It is perhaps no surprise
then that the film’s delicate score transports us into Frank’s own,
strange world where the real and unreal often intersect. Through
Heslop’s lense the industrial towns and windswept headlands
of the North East take on a magisterial, almost poetic beauty
and for this reason alone the film is worth your time. The bravura
performances and bold script are added bonuses. MGP
Country UK Runtime 93 mins Original Format HDCam SR Director/Writer
Richard Heslop Producers Philip Shotton, Ciska Faulkner DoP Kyle Heslop Cast
Con O’Neill, Kellie Shirley, Darren Beaumont
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JANAPAR
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM
When 23-year-old Tom Allen departed England on a bike, he
left behind his stable 9 to 5 office job and his map. This is the
ultimate quest for the freedom and self-actualisation of which
many of us fantasise: riding off into the sunset without any
commitments or obligations to weigh us down.
For the next 12,000 miles Tom cycled, camped and filmed
himself – the results of which form this fascinating, honest selfdocumentary. But, as in any story, things don’t always go to plan.
Enter Tenny, an Iranian-Armenian woman who Tom encounters
on his travels and immediately falls in love with. Having bought
her a bike he persuades Tenny to join his journey and they
travel to Iran together with the intention of gaining her parents’
approval of their relationship.
Janapar (meaning ‘journey’ in Armenian) is a remarkable
accomplishment. The director’s love for the project is obvious:
the intricacy and the time that must have gone into the editing
process is overwhelming. Towards the beginning of the film, Tom
states his belief that everyone should throw caution to the wind
and live their dream. Here he has lived his own, and documented
it in a way that will only inspire others. KB
Country UK Runtime 79 mins Original Format DV-Cam Director/Writer/
Producer James Newton DoP Tom Allen Cast Tom Allen
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EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT
Country Canada Runtime 6 mins
Format HD Director/Writer/
Producer Robin Aubert DoP Steeve
Desrosiers Cast Alphéa Bélanger
A tale takes form through a little girl’s
eyes.
LIVE EAST DIE YOUNG
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM
Set in the hipster world of East London, this is a grittier look
than you might expect at the party/work lifestyle of the
noughties generation. Model Emma faints on the catwalk, not
surprising given the amount of drugs she’s just taken on board.
Her life is a becoming a jaded mix of parties, narcotics and brief
sexual encounters with men and women.
Perhaps because of Emma’s erratic behaviour her boyfriend’s
eye is starting to wander. Max, a hairdresser by day and a crossdressing party host by night, is Emma’s only confidante, and
it is to him she turns with problems such as the journalist who
wants to write a sensationalist biography about her life. But Max
is sleeping with said journalist, and keen to turn their fling into
something more serious.
This tangled web of deception, sex, lies, drugs and parties
exposes the darker side of the East London lifestyle. Shot on
a shoestring budget and featuring a distinctive soundtrack from
the indie underground wave (featuring Bo Ningen, Feral and
Bridgitte Aphrodite), Live East Die Young has a rawness about
it that only highlights the story it is telling. SC
Country UK Runtime 92 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/Producer
Laura Hypponen DoP Bronwen Parker-Rhodes Cast Zoe Grisedale, James
Jeannette Main, Lewis Grolle
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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM + SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 1.15PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
So, you think you’re free. And your values, beliefs and choice of
film are all down to you, right? You might go so far as to assert
that you are your own person. This documentary is going to
make you think again. Drawing on the best minds in philosophy,
history, physics and economics, it employs decades of evidence
to deftly interrogate who we are.
Soon after we’re born, we discover the virtue of doing what
we’re told – it’s the only way to get along in society. But this film
brings into devastating clarity what happens when we switch off
and obey: the defence of ‘just following orders’ sounds as hollow
now in the mouths of bankers and tabloid journalists as it has at
any other point in history.
In a world rocked by scandals across our banks, media and
government, what we really need is a hero or two – and this
documentary delivers heroes in spades. Physicist Vandana
Shiva, journalist George Monbiot and the late, great historian
Howard Zinn all dazzle with their ability to see things differently
and their invectives against apathy. Whether you’re into ethics,
economics or simply being a better person than you were born
to be, you can’t afford to miss this film. AS
Country UK Runtime 77 mins Original Format HD Director/Producer Raoul
Martinez, Joshua van Praag Writer Raoul Martinez DoP Joshua van Praag Cast
Howard Zinn, George Monbiot, Steven Pinker
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LOVE TOMORROW
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 12.30PM
A certain 20th century film concerning doors that slid may
not have been the deepest of narratives, yet it managed to
communicate an interesting take on time and the subsequent
power it has. Love Tomorrow is a London based drama that
uses the same time concept (and ensuing fallout) as its central
axis by following a serendipitous meeting. A lingering glance
on a Camden Town escalator sees a man and woman enter
into conversation, which, over a 24 hr period develops into a
(dependent) emotional relationship, solidified by their mutual
profession – dance.
Dance films have had somewhat of a resurgence over the
past few years, but have tended to lean towards the sensational
i.e. psychopathic ballerinas! Though the art-form requires an
almost inhumane level of commitment, it still manages to attract
balanced people who have a life outside the theatre, which
sometimes has to take precedence. Such is the case for Love
Tomorrow’s female protagonist Eva, who, after life-altering news
takes solace in a stranger’s kindness. The identity of dancers
is an interesting subject to cover considering their professional
silence – and Love Tomorrow offers an unusual circumstance
where their voices can actually be heard. MP
Country UK Runtime 80 mins Original Format Red Director/Writer
Christopher Payne Producer Stephanie Moon DoP Paul Teverini Cast Cindy
Jourdain, Arionel Vargas, Max Brown
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NORMAL: REAL STORIES FROM THE SEX INDUSTRY
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM
Normal is an insightful documentary examining the position of
migrant sex workers that seeks to problemitise the discourse
around sex trafficking by demonstrating the complex and
contradictory circumstances of those involved. This is achieved
through candid interviews with a number of people, who each
give a very different definition of normality, which they aspire to
embody. For instance two women are lured to the UK by deceit,
but whereas one remains quite naive, and demonstrates a kind
of Stockholm syndrome affection to the man who abducted
her, the other insists that sex workers must cast themselves as
victims in order to avoid their own culpability, so that they can
simply get through the day.
These voices are punctuated by an interview with a far less
sympathetic individual who is involved in trafficking and, with
chilling casualness, describes how he manipulates the women
into entering that life. Filmed from a low angle and on a low
grade stock, these segments seem to be from a hidden camera.
For him this grim reality is ‘normal,’ it is literally his career.
Ultimately, these multiple, very real and often contrasting voices
build a far more complex, challenging and human picture of the
sex industry than that depicted in the mainstream media. DB
Country UK Runtime 65 mins Original Format DV SD Director Nicola Mai
Producer Charlotte Worthington DoP Daniel Keane, Russell Galloway, James
Layton Cast Selami Brehaj, Matthew Crowley, Annie Labura
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STRINGCAESAR
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 1PM
Julius Caesar was considered a waster, a degenerate and
laughing stock until he was 33 but went on to become one of
the greatest leaders the world has ever known. Writer/director
Paul Schoolman took his cameras into three of the world’s
most notorious prisons – in Cardiff, Canada & South Africa engaging inmates as cast and crew, to tell the dog-eat-dog tale
of the youth who would be emperor, delivering a Shakespearean
inspired script peppered with ultra-modern references, all in the
violent setting of a South African prison ‘run by gangs.’
Schoolman’s Caesar is a young guy ‘full of piss and vinegar’
– he’s like the actors; in a cutthroat world, all he has to do
is survive and he’s got it made. String theory proposes that
there are many universes, jostling alongside one another and
sometimes they intermingle. Prison is one universe; Rome is
another, so is violence and so is love; some prisoners are violent
and some are victims – ‘but it’s all Rome.’
With respected thespians such as Derek Jacobi also working
alongside the inmates, the film itself is a vibrant meeting of
many universes, a convincing, thought-provoking and visceral
collision of man’s instinct to survive. JL
Country UK/South-Africa/Canada Runtime 88 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/DoP Paul Schoolman Producers Alice Krige, Paul Schoolman
Cast Derek Jacobi, Warren Adler
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STRINGS
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 8.30PM + TUEDSAY 2 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM
Just making a feature is an achievement; doing it for £3000
is particularly impressive. Doing it as a writer-directorphotographer and turning 18 on the first day of the shoot
is surely the sign of a fantastic filmmaker announcing his
presence. Rob Savage’s Strings is refreshingly honest and
painfully raw account of teenage romance.
The story follows four young people and their romantic
endeavours in that blissful summer before they leave home to
go to university. Grace is a visiting German student, soon to
return home. She falls for the quiet, distant Jon (played by an
excellent Oliver Malam), whilst her best friend Scout becomes
entangled in an increasingly violent relationship with her longterm boyfriend Chris.
The four lead actors rise to the challenge of portraying the
confusion of teenage romance without falling prey to the many
clichés that are often found in such films. Credit to Savage
for reigning in their performances to create a muted, nuanced
piece. Everything from the sparse use of sound, the interspersed
smatterings of German, and the simply beautiful lighting create
an almost haunting effect, drawing you in and immersing you in
the story. Surely a talent for the future. KK
Country UK Runtime 85 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/DoP Rob
Savage Producers Nathan Craig, Rob Savage Cast Philine Lembeck, Oliver Malam,
Hannah Wilder, Sid Akbar Ali
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TRASHED
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 9PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 3PM
Do you know what really happens to your rubbish once you’ve
thrown it in the bin? If you’re like most people, then not really.
There are 7 billion people on the planet today and we are
creating more garbage than ever. What’s more, the garbage that
we produce today is nowhere near as eco friendly as it was 100
years ago. How long can we keep throwing things away without
taking responsibility for the consequences?
Jeremy Irons takes us on a journey around the world to find
out what happens to our rubbish. From the slums of Indonesia
and the 40 meter high mountain of rubbish in Lebanon, to
San Francisco, USA, where it is a legal requirement for every
single citizen, even visitors, to recycle and sort their rubbish.
Britain, who sports the most landfill sites in Europe, isn’t
forgotten either. We get the cold hard facts, the numbers and
the consequences to health and livelihood people are already
suffering. It’s a sobering experience.
Set to epic music by Vangelis, the opening scenes of Trashed
are apocalyptic. It’s shocking, it’s informative and it’s, beyond
all, a call to action. With her film, Candida Brady shows us that
change is now urgent and, more importantly, also very much
possible. MG
Country UK Runtime 97 mins Original Format HD-Cam Director/Writer
Candida Brady Producer Candida Brady, Titus Ogilvy DoP Sean Bobbitt Cast
Jeremy Irons
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VINYL
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 8.30PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 3PM
In our contemporary world, which seems only to value beauty
and youth, how does an aged punk band return to the limelight?
When a twist of fate leaves Weapons of Happiness with a new
hit single, the only thing standing in the way of chart success
are the prejudices of the music industry.
Told by a record exec that the thought of signing anyone
over the age of 30 would be ‘like watching your parents having
sex,’ frontman Johnny Jones comes up with a ploy to ensure
their song is heard. Recruiting four fresh faced, but musically
inept, youngsters to front the band’s song succeeds in getting
it noticed but as their success grows, the secrets of Johnny’s
rocker past are revealed and we see the challenges that family
ties and loyalties pose. Tensions build and it’s anyone’s guess as
to whether the characters will possess the strength to overcome
the obstacles that come with hoaxing an entire industry.
Actress turned director Sara Sugarman delivers this lighthearted feature with true soul and sharp humour. Phil Daniels
and Keith Allen offer compelling performances alongside the
up-and-coming Jamie Blackley. Based on a true story, Vinyl, is
an upbeat and fun revenge-comedy taking some sly shots at
today’s youth obsessed music industry. JW
Country UK Runtime 85 mins Original Format HD Director Sara Sugarman
Writers Sara Sugarman, Jim Cooper Producers John H Williams, Preston Clay
Reed, Sara Sugarman DoP Benji Bakshi Cast Phil Daniels, Jamie Blackley,
Keith Allen
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ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 5.45PM
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.
Centred upon Bird’s intimately textural, densely layered
sounds, recorded live over two nights in October 2009, this
warmly shot film details a hectic year of touring that sees Bird
(and his band) struggle through 200 shows as he waged a
constant battle against encroaching fever. Bandmates describe
him as ‘always freezing, always shivering’, but Bird’s own brand
of poetic optimism prefers to see it as developing a ‘different
kind of metabolism’ to cope with the rigours of touring.
Filled to the brim with Bird’s complex, wistful songs, Fever
Year is destined to satisfy die-hard fans and Bird-novices
alike. His intriguing live process is represented by full concert
performances of tracks from each of his albums, alongside more
intimate performances of new tunes, including an incredibly
haunting studio version of Sifters and a hotel room run-through
of Lusitania with touring buddy St Vincent. SM
Country USA Runtime 81 mins Original Format HD Director/Producer Xan
Aranda DoP Peter Gilbert Cast Andrew Bird, Annie Clark, Martin Dosh
90
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FREE IMPROVISATION
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 8.15PM
Free Improvisation documents the life of Jean Claude, a
professional jazz musician learning to live with the challenges
of Multiple Sclerosis. When asked how life is with the chronic
disease he answers simply: ‘it sucks’. His light-hearted response
is quickly challenged with poignant scenes of him exercising
at hospital and intimate interviews with his wife. Soon we are
introduced to 11 year old Ariel, Jean Claude’s exceptionally bright
student. Sharing a unique chemistry, musically they feed off one
another’s energy to produce an exceptional sound which results
in an invitation to perform in Italy. With Jean Claudes’ health
diminishing, will he even be able to go? If so, can he support
Ariel in the way he wishes?
If one word was chosen to describe Djerassis’ documentary,
‘inspiring’ would come to mind. Inspiration received from Jean’s
optimism, Ariel’s intelligence and director Dijerassis’ engaging
execution of his story. It would have been simple for this
documentary to highlight the difficulties and pain of living with
MS but Dijerassis took a higher, and in many ways, harder route
and was able to highlight these points without letting them
overpower the main themes; perseverance and the power
of relationships. JW
Country Israel Runtime 50 mins Original Format DV Director Doron Djerassi
Producer Adin Weiner DoP Doron Djerassi Cast Claude Jones, Ariel Lanyi
URBAN OUTLAW
Country Canada/USA Runtime 30
mins Dir/Writer/DoP Tamir Moscovici
A lonely God-fearing spinster is woken
by the mating calls of foxes in her
garden and decides to join them.
ROSE APPLE TREE ISLAND
Country USA Runtime 30 mins
Director Alex Cunningham Producer
Allison Usavage
A poetic doc about the River Ganga.
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91
GIVE ME THE BANJO
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 12.15PM
Comedian, actor and banjo aficionado Steve Martin leads this
documentary examining the evolution of the banjo and its
complicated place in American history. America’s only native
musical instrument, the banjo developed on Southern slave
plantations and was quickly adopted by the highly popular
minstrel performers of the late 19th century, making the
transition from black folk instrument to white-led musical forms
such as country, bluegrass and revivalist folk.
Illustrated with old photos and documents, archival
film, vintage sound recordings and live performances,
this documentary traces two centuries of rediscovery and
reinvention and gives voice to banjo makers, devotees,
collectors, experts, ethnomusicologists, historians and, of
course, musicians. It covers key moments in the history of the
banjo, from Joel Walker Sweeney’s popularisation in the mid
19th century, through to the rapid evolution of musical styles in
the 20th via the blues inflections of Gus Cannon, the country/
bluegrass innovations of Charlie Poole, the democratising
influence of Pete Seeger and the subsequent rediscovery by
urbanite folk revivalists. SM
Country USA Runtime 84 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/
Producer Marc Fields DoP Bruce Petschek Cast Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs,
Pete Seeger
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IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 12.30PM + SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 8.15PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 8PM
John Fahey was born in 1939, he bought his first guitar when
he was 13 years old and taught himself to play by listening to
records of finger picking blues artists from the 20s and 30s.
Over a 50 year career Fahey became a hugely influential figure
in the classic American music scene and created a highly
individual sound known as ‘American Primitive’ – a term Fahey
himself laughed at.
Fahey inspired generations of musicians; his fans include
Beck and Thurston Moore who both cite Fahey as a formative
presence. The film also features interviews with the likes of
Pete Townshend from The Who and Chris Funk from The
Decemberists. Fahey himself was a beguiling presence: he
passed away in 2001 but crops up across this documentary in
various interview clips, showcasing a dry, self-effacing sense
of humour. Recollections from friends and former partners
however, cast a light on his darker sides and more erratic traits.
There is something strangely deferential about Fahey – he
states at one point that nobody is really an entertainer by choice,
and suggests that his creative impulses are as in control of him
as he is of them. This perhaps contributes to the distinctive
sound of his music: a hypnotic mix of beauty and sadness. OP
Country Canada Runtime 58 mins Director/Writer James Cullingham
Producers James Cullingham, Monica Szentszky, Tina Witham DoP Igal Hech
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MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 6PM + FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 4PM
Although his story was omitted from Walk the Line – the
Hollywood retelling of Johnny Cash’s mid-career strife and
redemption – agent and manager Saul Holiff played a crucial
role in Cash’s career throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Thirty
years later, using voiceover narration, archive footage, audio
diaries and heavily stylised recreations, former Hollywood
publicist Jonathan Holiff unravels the personal and professional
mysteries of a cold, seemingly unloving father.
More than just another Cash documentary, this antidote to
the neat, glossy ‘hardship’ of Walk the Line, provides a warts
and all account of Johnny’s troubles, as seen from Saul’s
perspective. As well as emphasising the importance of Saul in
Johnny’s career, we are afforded a glimpse into his own troubled
private life, his battle with drink and drugs and the dysfunctional
relationship with his two sons which provides the narrative
impulse for this journey of discovery.
Saul’s own audio recordings – including deeply personal
diaries and telephone conversations with Cash – drive much
of the narrative, and by mining his father’s personal archive,
Jonathan realises that the cold, mean-spirited father he knew
was a far more complicated beast. SM
Country Canada Runtime 89 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/
Producer Jonathan Holiff DoP Rene Ohashi Cast Johnny Cash, Saul Holiff,
Jonathan Holiff
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SOUNDBREAKER
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 8PM + FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
This beautifully photographed documentary scratches the
surface – appropriate considering its icy opening – of Finnish
accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen. Pohjohnen transformed the
expectations of accordion music, bending and breaking the
rules that stifled him as a young man. Mixing old photographs,
Pohjohnen’s recollections of his rural upbringing, concert
footage and more elaborate interpretive visual ideas, director
Kimmo Koskela keeps things visually alive, giving the film an
occasionally wry, sometimes David Lynchian, feel.
We are given a tantalising overview of Pohjohnen’s career,
from his initial frustrations with the instrument that has come
to define him, a formative trip to Tanzania, being nurtured
and pushed creatively by the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki,
towards his own efforts to keep challenging himself and mixing
performance art and theatricality into his live shows.
Pohjohnen drives this documentary, it’s like stepping into his
mind, and Koskela does a fantastic job of visualising his sound,
be it a striking opening underwater sequence, a surreal pingpong match or a bizarre balletic sequence. A unique take on one
man’s efforts to challenge the preconceived notions of what an
instrument can really do. OP
Country Finland Runtime 86 Original Format HD Director/DoP Kimmo
Koskela Writer Kimmo Koskela with contributions by Ann Guedes, Sami Laitinen,
Kimmo Pohjonen, Arne Eklund, Gernot Steinweg, Phillip Page Producers Kimmo
Koskela, Klaus Heydemann Cast Kimmo Pohjonen
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SUNSET STRIP
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 3.45PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM
Sunset Strip. The name alone conjures up images of decadence
and excess, of drinking, partying, gambling, drug taking and illicit
sex. Immortalised on both screen and vinyl, Slash ran away at
six years old to The Strip; Bugsy Siegel, John Wayne, Elizabeth
Taylor, and Hugh Hefner all lived there, while Kelly Osbourne
lost her virginity and John Belushi and River Phoenix their lives
there. It was the street of sins. And people loved it.
From humble beginnings as a dusty little road, capitalized
on by a Frenchman who knew that prohibition was about
to be repealed the strip climbed to the heady glory days of
the ’40s and ’50s, dripping with movie stars, gangsters and
hustlers. From there it turned to the sex and drugs and rock ’n’
roll lifestyles of the myriad of musicians, like The Doors, Jimi
Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, who exploded into town in the 1960s.
Here a host of famous names – including Johnny Depp,
Mickey Rourke, Keanu Reeves, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne – lineup to revere and extol the magic, nostalgia and mythology of the
one and a half neon-lit mile that links Hollywood to Beverly Hills.
This is a vibrant, quick moving and eclectic piece of art, oozing
with stories and to be enjoyed as a sumptuous, sensory guilty
pleasure. Just like The Strip itself. JL
Country USA Runtime 93 mins Original Format HD Director Hans Fjellestad
Writers Hans Fjellestad, Gabriella Gross, Joe Mundo Producers Joe Mundo,
Tommy Alastra, Donovan Leitch Executive Producer Matt Sorum DoP Arlene
Nelson Cast Johnny Depp, Slash, Mickey Rourke, Ozzy Osbourne
96
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ABLUTION
Country UK Runtime 8 mins Format
HDCam SR Director Vicky Lawton
Writer Freddy White Producers David
Allain, Jess Gormley DoP Gabi Norland
Cast Augustus Prew, Chantal Brown
Ablution peers through the glory hole of
a scummy London toilet as two people
meet, but never face to face.
THE ASCENT / BALLROOM DANCER / BAD HAIR FRIDAY / BODY COMPLETE / CAN /
GLORIOUS DESERTER / GOOD NIGHT MISSY / HEAVY GIRLS / INDEBTED / IVAN’S DREAM / KILL ME /
LOVE ADDICT /LOVELESS ZORITSA / MY GLOBAL HOME / A NIGHT TOO YOUNG / ORANIA /
THE PHANTOM FATHER / A PHILOSOPHY OF CLOSED EYES / PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE /
PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BELGRADE WITH SINGING AND CRYING / THE SECOND EXECUTION OF ROMMEL BROOM /
SHANGHAI GYPSY / STATE OF SHOCK / THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA / VEGETARIAN CANNIBAL / ZERO KILLED
THE ASCENT
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 8.45PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
What is it with writers? Haven’t they seen Misery? Jovan wants
solitude in which to finish his novel so, at friend’s suggestion,
he is sent to the remote countryside. He stays with a family of
farmers, headed by an authoritative father, the brutish Zeko
(a standout performance from Vlado Jovanovski), who are all
unused to civilization. Hostile at first, they warm to Jovan when
he saves Vesna’s life, and he chooses to stay a little longer,
introducing them to reading, moving them with the beauty of
the words. What he should have remembered is that a little
knowledge is a bad thing.
Divided into days, the pace of this unsettling thriller is mellow
but the underlying menace and sense of the strange build
deftly throughout, accompanied by an atmospheric score that
echoes the remote wilderness in which Jovan finds himself. As
two worlds collide, each comes to respect the other, the family
revering Jovan for his seemingly miraculous healing skills and
the knowledge he imparts. However, his unwitting evangelism
questions whether the impulse to educate is the right one
or if nature should be left alone. This leads to devastating
consequences that are all the more horrific for their wellmeaning intent. JL
Country Montenegro/Slovenia Runtime 90 mins Original Format 35mm
Director Nemanja Becanovic Writers Alekandar Becanovic, Nemanja Becanovic
Producers Ivan Djurovic, Sehad Cekic DoP Jere Verovsek Cast Vlado Jovanovski,
Amar Selimovic, Inti Sraj
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TABOULEH
Country Spain Runtime 4 mins
Original Format HDV Director/
Writer/Producer Richard Garcia DoP
Jesus Ubera Cast Jorge Calvo, Jose
Martret
A story about secret codes
BAD HAIR FRIDAY
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 9OM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 3PM
This Estonian film involves the interweaving stories of eight
vastly different groups over the course of about twenty-four
hours. The wide range of characters includes the Nietzsche
quoting henchman and spoiled, misogynistic son of a wealthy
and powerful criminal. Drug addicts are losing touch with reality
while a trio of ordinary men tries to simply have a fun Friday
night out at the club. Sex and extreme violence are rampant
as the characters make terrible decisions that snowball into a
darkly comedic and dramatic chain of events.
For most of the film, we’re laughing at the hilarious antics of
these bizarre characters and the film never ceases to recognize
the spectacle that it represents, inserting comedy into the
darkest of moments. However, the third act contains powerful
visuals and a disturbing scene reminiscent of A Clockwork
Orange that takes the film into darker territory.
Out of the chaotic, surreal, and bloody mess we see the
horrible repercussions of the characters’ actions and the
filmmakers’ skill is used to bring an odd sense of satisfaction
to the whole endeavour. Eagle-eyed viewers will spot Estonia’s
Eurovision singer Ott Lepland amongst the cast. SC
TWISTED
Country Germany Runtime 3 mins
Original Format Arri Alexa Director/
Writer Norbert Keil Producer Judith
Westermann DoP Kaspar Kaven Cast
Philipp Moschitz, Lilly Forgách
A twisted short film about two lovers in
for a big surprise.
Country Estonia Runtime 100 mins Directors Andres Kõpper, Arun Tamm
Writers Andres Poom, Liisi Rohumäe, Birk Rohelend, Martin Algus Producer
Andres Poom DoP Martin Randalu Cast Mart Müürisepp, Hasan Steinberg,
Ivo Uukkivi
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
99
BALLROOM DANCER
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 6PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 3PM
Sports are considered some of the hardest activities a human
being can undertake. But where is dance placed within this
spectrum of boundary-breaking performance? Ballroom Dancer
is a stylish documentary following the celebrated Russian artiste
Slavik Kryklyvyy on a journey to reinstate his former position
of glory. Kryklyvyy retired from the professional ballroom
circuit some years back due to injury, but the film captures him
gambling on a return with a new, yet already long-suffering
partner Anna Melnikova,
The ballroom calendar seems similar to that of pro tennis
i.e. relentless travel and training, interspersed with regular
competitions. The high octane environment soon takes its toll
on the couple and suggests that business and pleasure are best
kept as separate as possible. The footage shows what really
goes into the upkeep of dancers performing at such a level,
and how different kinds of people can be attracted to the art
form. Both dancers are innately gifted, but choose to approach
their craft in opposing ways – hence the volatile, and at times
destructive relationship. An intimate film that communicates the
real tribulations of an artist’s existence, as opposed to the usual
adoration and sequins combo. MP
Country Denmark Runtime 80 mins Original Format HD Directors/Writers/
DoP Christian Bonke, Andreas Koefoed Producers Jakob Jønck, Sigrid Dyekjær
Cast Slavik Kryklyvyy, Anna Melnikova
100 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
BODY COMPLETE
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 5.15PM
When Edina Julic, a young woman from Vienna, disappears
during a trip to her dead father’s village in what was once
Bosnia-Herzegovina and is now Serbia, Nicole, a journalist,
senses that a tragic story is repeating itself and journeys to
Morovci to investigate. What she finds is that although the war
on the Balkans may long be over, the aftereffects of the ethnic
conflict certainly are not. Her questions about Edina are met
with stony, hostile silences from villagers or outright denial
from the both megalomanic and creepily threatening major who
claims that no family by the name of Julic was ever registered
in the town and that they therefore do not exist. Although she is
clearly not wanted there, Nicole digs deeper to find out the truth.
Lukas Sturm’s political thriller with an international cast
(including German actress Asli Bayram in the lead role) involved
three years of intensive research into the recent history of the
region and delivers a frightening reminder that the signing of
peace agreements does not equal the end of a conflict and that
many wounds remain fresh. Indeed, it was during the making
of Body Complete that Ratko Mladic, one of the generals
responsible for the mass murder of at least 6000 Bosnian
civilians, was finally caught. MP
JOYRIDE
Country Norway Runtime 8 mins
Original Format Red One Director/
Writer Shaun Higton Producer
Andrew Higton, Espen Zubi, Chris
Seegel DoP Hans Kristian Riise, Petter
Holmern Halvorsen Cast Gunnar
Brøntveit, Kristina Knaben Hennestad
A desperate robber on the run must
decide whether it is easier to fight his
girlfriend or the cops.
Country Austria Runtime 85 mins Original Format HDC Director/Writer
Lukas Sturm Producer Robert Hofferer DoP Sahin Sisic Cast Asli Bayram, Senad
Basic, Adnan Haskovic
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 101
CAN
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 6PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM
It is an adoption that should have never happened: unable
to father children, Cemal feels his manhood threatened and,
stuffing pillows down her shirt, persuades his wife Ayse to fake
a pregnancy. Several months later they produce Can, a newborn
purchased from another family, and present the perfect family
to the outside world. Behind the masquerade however the
couple has become increasingly distant. While Cemal adores
the little boy, Ayse, too deeply troubled by the game of pretense,
is unable to love him. Things get even worse when Cemal
disappears without a word one day, leaving Ayse without money,
friends or family to care for a child she never wanted.
After the multiple award winner Three Apples Fell from
the Sky (2008), Can is the second feature-length film
offering from playwright and director of several shorts Rasit
Celikezer. Can was the first Turkish film to screen in the World
Dramatic competition at Sundance and won the World Cinema
Documentary Special Jury Prize for Artistic vision. Honouring
the tradition of Yesilcam – the golden age of Turkish cinema – it
is a deeply felt drama which lays bare the suffering and sorrows
of a few individuals caught up in an unfortunate but essentially
inescapable situation. MP
Country Turkey Runtime 105 mins Original Format 35mm Director/Writer/
Producer Rasit Çelikezer DoP Ali Özel Cast Selen Uçer, Serdar Orcin, Berkan
Demirbag, Erkan Avci
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GLOBAL HOME
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM
Berlin film graduate Eva Stoltz wanted to travel the world, gain
a first hand understanding of international politics and make
new friends. She found all that and more through an internet
phenomenon that has emerged over the last few years – couch
surfing. This low budget method of travel is often billed as a way
to see not just the world but its inhabitants in action
Eva packed up her camera and traded in the virtual world
for the real one by heading out into the homes of complete
strangers. Her adventures begin in Mali where she shares with
a musical Touareg. She also spends time with an ecologist in
the Palestinian West Bank, stays in Turkey with a dance fanatic
and downtown Tokyo with a wildlife enthusiast and her dogs,
before ending up in San Francisco at the office of Casey Fenton,
founder of couchsurfing.org, having spent five weeks in each
location.
The great thing about he best travel documentaries is that
the viewer feels they’re experiencing these places firsthand.
We’re exposed to everything from the sweeping shots of the
Left Bank to the lush landscapes of Mali, in addition to meeting
the generous people she stays with along the way. It’s a vibrant,
personalized way to see our global home. SB
15 METRES
Country Mexico Runtime 4 mins
Original Format HDV Director/
Writer/Producer Alan Romero Zavala
DoP Tito Rodriguez
15 metres and an abyss. In Haiti, there
are only 15 metres between wealth and
poverty. Between abundance and need.
There are only 15 metres between two
worlds.
Country Germany Runtime 92 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/DoP
Eva Stotz Producers Annedore von Donop, Karsten Aurich Cast Casey Fenton,
Alice Gray, Mamatal Ag Dahmane
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 103
GLORIOUS DESERTER
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 6PM
Taking a look behind the stereotype of the blond-haired, blueeyed Nazi soldier, Glorious Deserter studies a collection of brave
young Austrians, men who chose to champion their own beliefs
rather taking orders from the Third Reich’s war machine.
Linked once by their acts of desertion and now by
circumstance, the men try to forge normal lives in post-war
Austria but find their paths strewn with disillusionment, guilt,
estrangement and painful recollection. Some of them have their
wives, others have religion to support and help them move on
but for many things can never be quite the same again.
In an unconventional twist, Glorious Deserter is written
almost entirely in direct address to the audience, and shot
like a contemporary documentary; each of the characters
have their part of the film, and although their narrative is fluid
you can’t help but feel as if there’s someone just behind the
camera, asking questions. If there were, that ‘someone’ would
be Gabriele Neudecker: producer, writer, director and editor of
Glorious Deserter, a veteran of three short films taking her first
step into the world of features – and finding she can stand. OK
Country Austria Runtime 80 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer
Gabriele Neudecker Producers Gabriele Neudecker, Stefan Neudecker DoP
Stefan Aglassinger, Gabriele Neudecker Cast Alexander Kortoletzky, Markus
Klampfer, Peter Neudecker jr
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A HOUSE, A HOME
Country USA Runtime 7 mins
Original Format ProRes Director
Daniel Fickle Writers Daniel Fickle,
Mark Smith, Adam Shearer, Adam
Selzer Producers Mark Smith,
Courtney Eck, James Strayer DoP
Reijean Heringlake Cast Meredith
Adelaide, Calvin Morie McCarthy
A love, a death and another death, are
reconciled in a subterranean world.
GOOD NIGHT MISSY
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 1.15PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM
Every once in a while, there comes along a film so heartwarmingly beautiful that you just don’t want the credits to roll.
Good Night Missy, a Slovenian/Croatian feature written and
directed by Metod Pevec, is just such a film.
Hana is an interior designer living with her architect husband
Samo and daughter Anja – the definitive successful middleclass family for whom everything seems to be going ‘to plan.’
Her world begins to fall apart, however, when she discovers her
husband’s affair. She strives to find some kind of happiness
while trying to protect her daughter from the messy, confusing
process of divorce.
Metod Pevec writes an extraordinarily touching film of
heartbreak, keeping brave and the little things that bring a smile
to your face. Punctuated by some intriguingly poignant clips of
animation to compliment Anja’s bed-time stories, the film is a
masterpiece of character work and storytelling. The talented
Polona Juh gives an exceptional performance as Hana, backedup by two more great displays from Jernej Sugman as Samo and
Mila Furst as Anja, who all together create the most completely
believable and utterly devastating image of a family in the throes
of disaster. Do not miss this. OK
THE FOX
Country UK Runtime 4 mins Dir/
Writer Tony Burke Producers Tony
Burke, Daniella Steadman DoP Richard
Lonsdale Cast Lin Clifton
A lonely God-fearing spinster is woken
by the mating calls of foxes in her
garden and decides to join them.
Country Slovenia Runtime 96 mins Original Format 35mm Director/Writer
Metod Pevec Producers Danijel Hocevar, Anita Juka DoP Sven Pepeonik Cast
Polona Juh, Jernej Sugman, Mila Furst
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 105
HEAVY GIRLS
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 1PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 3PM
When a film opens with a man and woman sharing a bed and
these turn out to be grown-up child and elderly parent, you know
you have something atypical on your hands. Sven is perhaps
forty, dances – beer-bellied and butt-naked – to classical music
and still lives with his mum. Edeltraut is white-haired and wrinkly
and also likes dancing, but more of the traditional kind. As she
suffers from dementia, Daniel, her carer, comes around every
day. Sven likes Daniel, but Daniel is happily married. Or so it
seems until Edeltraut runs off one day and the two men venture
out to find her – and each other.
It’s a sort of mid-life crisis with various twists and turns that
might make you love or hate the highly flawed but ultimately very
real characters. Whichever it is, it can’t be denied that Heavy
Girls embodies pure indie spirit. Dialogue improvisation instead
of a fixed script and the handheld camera generate the story’s
refreshing realism. With a budget of 517.32 euros, the film had
literally no crew and starred the director’s own grandmother in
her superb first film role, all a testament to the fact that the films
we are passionate about will get made. MP
Country Germany Runtime 76 mins Original Format Mini-DV Director/DoP
Axel Ranisch Writers Peter Trabner, Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski Producers
Anne Baeker, Dennis Pauls, Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski Cast Ruth Bickelhaupt,
Peter Trabner, Heiko Pinkowski
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ONCE AND FOR ALL
Country UK Runtime 8 mins Format
Arri Alexa Director/Writer Ben
Strebel Producer Alice Lusher DoP
Benjamin Kracun Cast Dudley Sutton,
Ann Queensberry, Catherine Steadman
Inspired by the song Once And For All
by hotly tipped new British act, Clock
Opera, this short film evokes a sense
of personal change and challenge – an
individual’s moment of inspiration to
pluck up the courage to do something
potentially life-changing. We explore
the dynamic between an elderly couple
whose attempts to court each other are
ultimately met with tragedy.
INDEBTED
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
A tale of the lengths people will go for money, not out of greed,
but out of fear. Indebted is the bleak tale of Elli (Heidi Linden),
a biology student with mounting bills, currently working two jobs
but still struggling to make ends meet. When a one night stand
misunderstands the nature of their encounter and leaves her
300 euros she succumbs to the idea of prostitution.
Meanwhile, Iris (Kristina Puukko) is part of a team of brutal
debt collectors. With a deadline looming to collect on a long list
of debtors, she finds herself drawn to her colleague Andrei after
a near fatal encounter. By coincidence, Andrei meets Elli and
the two hit it off, starting to plan a future away from the world of
spiralling debt that consumes them.
In his debut feature Marton Jelinko turns the screws, with
the inevitable collision of the two women and their two worlds
propelling the film towards its conclusion. A grimy mix of sex
and violence, Indebted is also a meditation on the debts we pay
both literal and emotional. It is an unflinching and topical picture
that takes our worst, financial fears to their darkest of extremes.
Headed by two compelling and raw performances from the
leads, this thriller takes some unexpected twists on its course
towards its grim, explosive denouement. OP
Country Finland Runtime 94 mins Original Format HDV Director/Producer
Márton Jelinkó Writers Eira Virekoski, Márton Jelinkó DoP Heini Mäntylä Cast
Kristiina Puukko, Heidi Lindén, Juha-Tapio Arola
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IVAN’S DREAM
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 3.30PM + SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM
Ten-year-old Ivan is crazy about Paula, the most beautiful girl
in his class. The only thing he loves more than Paula is football,
and when a global kids-vs-pros charity match is organised to
raise money for a natural disaster, he tries out to represent his
native Spain against the best players on the planet.
Impressing the roguish coach Torres with his mature attitude
and team ethos, Ivan gets the call and flies to Mexico to train
for the game of his life. However the volatile Torres becomes
increasingly erratic as he struggles to get over his ex-wife and
with the class bully and love rival Morrenilla also picked, Ivan
must fight for Paula’s affections.
This is a light and comedic family film which pitches a
sweet story of blossoming young love against an event of epic
proportions. The story is uplifting and unashamedly optimistic
but some real magic is saved for the finale as the big match
arrives. The filmmakers displaying an impressive technical
proficiency to envisage the grand scale of the event, conjuring
a stadium of thousands with seamless CGI as young Ivan takes
the stage to realise his dream. SE
Country Spain/Mexico/Colombia Runtime 101 mins Original Format HD
Director Roberto Santiago Writers Roberto Santiago, Pablo Fernandez
Producers Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky DoP Joan Benet Cast Oscar
Casas, Demian Bichir, Ana Claudia Talancon
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PRETTY THINGS
Country UK Runtime 7 mins Original
Format HD Director/Writer/
Producer Carlo Ortu DoP Andrew
Fleming Cast Bill Thomas, Chris
Bearne, Alicia Gray
A lonely man goes to extreme lengths
to get a hug from his granddaughter.
KILL ME
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM + FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
When suicidal teen Adele meets escaped murderer Timo
she blackmails him into doing what she has been too scared
to do alone: end her life. As they flee her parents’ farm and
journey through the French/German forest together they bond;
releasing aggression and discovering hidden truths about each
other. Timo begins to find comfort in Adele’s presence, but at
the cost of jeopardising his plans.
This is the third feature film by Franco-Iranian writer-director
Emily Atef, who has been supported by a Cannes Cinéfondation
scholarship. A compelling and engaging story of loss and
companionship, Kill Me has a simple yet effective plot with
a tight, emotive structure. As the story unfolds it challenges
preconceived perceptions of innocent victims and guilty
perpetrators in its bold treatment of a hostage situation.
Dragus’ performance as head-strong Adele is tense as her
powerful personality dominates Timo, who emits and evokes
more wildly swinging emotions. Complementing the pair’s acting
are the magnificent forests and landscapes they move through,
captured beautifully by Kuthy’s lens. Tense, moody and uneasy
Kill Me hooks the audience in. And of course the question hangs
over the film – will Timo keep his end of the bargain? MG
82
Country UK Runtime 6 mins Format
HD Director Calum Macdiarmid Writer
Alexei Slater Producers Alexei Slater,
Jessica Turner DoP Andrew Boulter
Cast Nick Moran
A postman lets us into his dark world in
quiet suburbia.
Country Germany, France, Switzerland Runtime 90 mins Original Format 35mm
Directors Emily Atef, Esther Bernstorff Writer Emily Atef Producers Niko Film,
Wüste Film West, Ciné-Sud Promotio, Vandertastic, Hugo Film DoP Stéphane Kuthy
Cast Maria Victoria Dragus, Roeland Wiesnekker, Wolfram Koch
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 109
LOVE ADDICT
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 2.15PM
Grønkjær’s documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of people
obsessed with love, probing into the minds and souls of several
addicts. There are, among others, Eliza, a textbook stalker that
considers herself simply a ‘documenter;’ Christian (41, two sons),
who has just begun a long distance relationship with a woman
he met once or twice; Tracy (38, three kids), who has broken up
with the emotionally abusive McKell (23, unemployed) multiple
times in a year; and Adelaide (an actress), who became suicidal
after her boyfriend disappeared on her one day. Some of them
are in denial, others are keenly aware of their self-destructive
behaviour and know that they are using a person to fill a void in
their lives. Most, however, are stuck somewhere in between in a
seemingly inescapable cycle of love addiction.
Don’t expect answers from Love Addict: it provides none.
The film is a raw and honest portrait that never glosses over
the ugly details or pretends that easy solutions exist. It presents
its subjects as they are, letting the addicts do the talking
themselves. Mixing real-life interviews, the re-enacted story of
one love addict and a symbolic perfect prince/princess tale that
threads through the documentary, Love Addict is always intimate
and sometimes intensely uncomfortable. MP
Country Denmark Runtime 82 mins Original Format HD-Cam Director/
Writer/DoP Pernille Rose Grønkjær Producer Sigrid Dyekjær
110
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LOVELESS ZORITSA
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 5.45PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
Ever since Zoritsa was born moustacheless into her family of
moustached females there has been a curse on her. Any man
that is unlucky enough to fall in love with her (and there are
many, as the beautiful woman attracts men like honey does
flies) is doomed to suffer a terrible fate. Those that don’t end up
dead lie in a permanent coma with zero hope for recovery. But
it’s not an easy life for Zoritsa either: hunted by the shotguncarrying villagers whose sons she has taken to the underworld,
she has to live in hiding.
Fed up with her loveless life on the run, Zoritsa sets about
lifting the curse, returning to the village on the Day of the Dead,
twenty years after her first victim’s demise.
Set in a rural Balkan village where superstition still rules
life and the impossible still happens every day, Christina
Hadjicharalambous and Radoslav Pavkovic present their first
full-length feature film in the form of a black fairytale with plenty
of comedy moments. Released in Serbia in March 2012, the
film is a co-production between the country as well as Poland,
Cyprus and Greece and having its international premiere at
Raindance. MP
Country Serbia/Poland/Cyprus/Greece Runtime 80 mins Original Format
Red Directors Radoslav Pavkovic, Christina Hadjicharalambous Writers Goran
Mojsin, Christina Hadjicharalambous Producers Radoslav Pavkovic, Marta Laryssa
Plucinska, Pawel Plucinski, Panos Karabinis, Panagiotis Kalakos DoP Vladan
Jankovic Cast Branislav Trifunovic, Ljuma Penov, Mirijana Karanovic
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A NIGHT TOO YOUNG
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
Two unnamed young boys are approached by their teacher,
Katerina and her two male friends and cajoled into buying a
bottle of vodka for a New Year’s party at Katerina’s house. When
they arrive with the goods, they get invited in and an awkward,
tense atmosphere begins to build as both adults and children
indulge in vodka and cigarettes. The adults get more and more
unpleasant and sexual with each other, their bleak and disloyal
relationships unraveling before the children’s eyes as they watch
quietly from corners of the room. How long can they stay there?
What will they witness? And where will it lead them?
Olmo Omerzu, up-and-coming director and co-writer of
this featurette, manages to find a great tension ‘biting-point’
throughout the film, keeping us on edge with the constant fear
that something awful is going to transpire. Some fantastically
mature child acting from Voltech Machuta and Jan Vasi helps
this bleak, foreboding feeling along, as do sporadic – but
deceptively realistic – dream sequences which hold us just offbalance enough to endow the film with a dream-like quality. We
can’t help but feel that we experience the film as our underage
heroes experience their hazy, sometimes fun, sometimes
threatening night – an intriguing feat of storytelling OK
Country Czech Republic / Slovenia Runtime 65 mins Original Format Super
16mm Director Olmo Omerzu Writers Bruno Hájek, Jakub Felcman, Olmo Omerzu
Producer Jirí Konecný DoP Lukáš Milota Cast Martin Pechlát, Jirí Cerný,
Natálie Rehorová
112
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HOME
Country New Zealand Runtime 11
mins Original Format HD Director
Thomas Gleeson Producers Thomas
Gleeson, Pip Walls DoP Max Bellamy
We often think of houses as solid,
strong, permanent things. In fact they
can be weak, fragile and as this film
shows, mobile. What is that makes
a house a home? What gives it its
strength?
ORANIA
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
It’s easy to come to Orania with a whole heap of preconceptions.
A documentary about the eponymous town founded in
1991 only for Afrikaners – white South Africans descended
from the original Dutch settlers – it’s unsurprising that the
place has garnered such a negative image within the postApartheid nation. It would be easy to play on the town’s obvious
eccentricities and portray it as a kind of South African Royston
Vasey, but rather than ridicule his subjects Tobias Lindner’s
frankly stunning documentary sets out to get to know them
better. Taking a Verite approach Lindner’s camera quietly
observes a broad selection of the town’s inhabitants as they
go about their business, and so intimate is our access to this
unusual community that we almost feel a part of it by the end.
The film ultimately reveals not so much a community of
bigots (even the most traditional and right wing of inhabitants
are shown to have a human side), but a people merely trying
to keep their culture alive. It’s refreshing to see a documentary
that doesn’t have an axe to grind, but even more so it’s good to
leave the cinema feeling as though your prejudices have been
challenged in a very unexpected way. Surely that is the best
result a documentary can hope for? DB
Country Germany Runtime 94 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/DoP
Tobias Lindner Producers Tobias Lindner, Sacha Supastrapong
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THE PHANTOM FATHER
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 4.45PM
Robert Traum is a descendant of immigrants to Czechoslovakia
and Professor at a stuffy university. In a controversial decision,
he leaves his life behind in favour of the ‘old country’ –
Romania – a place he’s never been but to which he feels a
deep connection. It is there he meets the intriguing Tanya, and
the attraction between them fizzles with tension as they both
journey in search of Sami – Robert’s father’s childhood friend
and the only person who can tell the history behind the Traum
family name. Things are not as simple as they seem, however,
and a local gang run by the Mayor have their own reasons why
these people should be kept apart.
Lucian Georgescu’s film-directing debut is a stimulating
story of belonging, expectations and dodgy local politicians.
The Phantom Father boasts a great script, a funky soundtrack
and some impressive cinematography and editing; the
director commenting on the aspiration to modernisation as
beautiful shots of the Romanian landscape give way to ones of
abandoned ’70s era industrial buildings. Georgescu keeps things
fresh with amusing dream sequences and direct references
to the audience, ensuring an attention-grabbing and highly
entertaining, as well as thoroughly intelligent, film. OK
Country Romania Runtime 90 mins Director Lucian Georgescu Writers Lucian
Georgescu, Barry Gifford Producers Lucian Georgescu, Joachim Von Vietinghoff
DoP Liviu Marghidan Cast Marcel Iures, Mihaela Sirbu, Valer Dellakeza
114
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TUMBLEWEED!
Country USA Runtime 7 mins
Original Format Red Director/
Writer Jared Varava Producers Matt
Goldberg, Sebastian Bauer, The Varava
Brothers DoP Damian Acedevo
The true and historically accurate tale of
one tumbleweed that did not tumble.
A PHILOSOPHY OF CLOSED EYES
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 5.45PM
Sacha Kullberg’s appropriately titled film tackles a subject
matter that is usually kept behind closed doors: what happens
to the body after death. It is, as she explains, a large subject
that highlights contemporary themes such as ecological
responsibility, the artisan and worries about overpopulation.
Kullberg investigates her theme in the three countries she
lives between: Great Britain, France and The Netherlands,
following different people in their professions. We meet the
curator of an exhibition about death, coffin makers, a family
living on a natural burial site, as well as various gravediggers and
cremators. Without directly interviewing her subjects, Kullberg
lets them gradually reveal their roles in the funerary process and
divulge their thoughts on it.
There are interludes within the film where Kullberg tells
us of her favourite quotations from her research. These are
often spoken over a series of sometimes plain and seemingly
unrelated images but the pauses themselves let one absorb the
subject and bring a poetic edge to the film.
This documentary is notable in that it offers discourse on
a subject that often goes without any, and not only raises
questions that many may not have thought about before, but
also offers some answers. CO
LEGACY
Country Germany Runtime 4 mins
Original Format HD Director/Writer
Bryn Chainey Producer Paul Ohmert
DoP Anselm Belser, Cate Smierciak
Cast Lea & Aline Kolditz
Legacy chronicles the loss of a beloved
pet mouse and a young girl’s fascination
for death and eclectic funerals. Set
against the lush, horn infused melodies
of the four minute (and some spare
change) track, the video explores
cultural ceremonies ranging from
a customary Japanese funeral to
a space burial.
Country Belgium Runtime 68 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Sacha
Kullberg Producer Rosa Spaliviero DoP Frédéric Noirhomme
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PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM
Portrait of a Zombie is a dark and hilarious mockumentary
following the Murphy family, who face social isolation having
made the decision to care for their undead son Billy, keeping
him ‘safe’ inside a bedroom in a straightjacket and muzzle. This
is the second feature from director Bing Bailey, co-written and
produced by wife Laura Morand-Bailey.
The Irish community reveal their fears and hostilities to
camera in a number of interviews filmed by the bickering crew
(who are led by a pompous, opportunistic director). As an Irish
Vegetarian Society member says, ‘People are always making
fun of vegetarians. You’re all for eating meat, except when you’re
the meat. It’s not so fucking funny then, is it?’ Meanwhile, Billy’s
pregnant girlfriend still hopes the Catholic Church will allow her
to marry the father of her unborn child.
Despite the humour this is not one for the faint-hearted:
there are a couple of scenes designed to please the genre fans.
Portrait of Zombie however, is no bargain-bucket genre flick, it
is a smart, well-crafted film, the effectiveness of which relies as
much on social commentary and believable dialogue as it does
on blood and gore. KB
Country Ireland Runtime 87 mins Original Format Red 4k Director Bing Bailey
Writers/Producers Bing Bailey, Laura Morand Bailey DoP Clayton Haskell Cast
Patrick Murphy, Geraldine McAlinden, Rory Mullen
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CHOMP!
Country UK Runtime 4 mins Original
Format Digital Director/Writer Adam
& Joe Horton Producer Russell Noon
DoP Sara Deane Cast Marc Pickering,
Georgina Strawson, James Dean
An unusual courtship that explores
the fine line between love and zombie
cannibalism.
PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BELGRADE WITH SINGING AND CRYING
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM
Director/co-writer Bolan Vuletic clearly has something to say
about Belgrade, Serbia. His comments are not, however, on the
architecture, atmosphere or even particularly the history of the
city, but rather on the relationships between people that seem
to him to typify Serbia’s capital.
The film is split into four stand-alone segments, each
following a different dysfunctional relationship as a series of
characters collide, resulting in passionate, angry and oftentimes
humorous affairs. From the manic diva with a heavy secret to
the submissive American chef pretending to be a diplomat, this
film’s characters give it the scope to explore broken promises,
disillusionment, emotional and physical control and the eternal
stand-off between the sexes in an intriguing, light-hearted way
which also tells us something about the violence inherent in
fixing broken things.
Practical Guide To Belgrade With Singing And Crying
features some fantastic performances from Julie Gayet and
Marko Janketic, as well as smart cinematography by Stankovic
and an entertaining musical score from Rastko Colic. A comic
and emotionally charged romp with a distinctive 4 part structure,
this is Balkan cinema as you probably don’t expect it. OK
Country Serbia, Germany, France Runtime 87 mins Original Format HDCam
Director Bojan Vuletic Writers Bojan Vuletic, Stefan Arsenijevic Producers
Miroslav Mogorovic, Oliver Roepke, Jean des Forets DoP Jelena Stankovic Cast
Jean Marc Barr, Julie Gayet, Baki Davrak
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THE SECOND EXECUTION OF ROMELL BROOM
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 8.15PM
Convicted in 1985 for the murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl,
Romell Broom remained accused – though the DNA evidence
many years later was inconclusive. In 2009, his attempted
execution via injected poison lasted nearly two hours with
no success. With the event labelled as a ‘cruel and unusual
punishment’ and with doubts arising in the light of postconvictive evidence, the debacle has sparked a major debate
about the morality of execution and its conviction process.
This fascinating documentary interviews those involved in
Romell Broom’s case, from victims’ family members to his own
and the many officials who have worked on his case for almost
thirty years. Directed by Verhoeven and co-written with Luise
Lindermair, the film structures its content to gradually reveal
the events before and after the shocking execution attempt.
A balanced view is maintained throughout, painting a picture
of a potentially innocent Romell.
Heartfelt accounts will shock and – surprisingly – inspire you,
as you take in the mother of another murdered girl’s story of
courage and forgiveness. Will Broom be subjected to a second
execution attempt, or will Ohio’s lethal injection procedure be
prohibited? Only time will tell. MG
Country Germany Runtime 90 mins Original Format DVCProHD Director
Michael Verhoeven Writers Luise Lindermair, Michael Verhoeven Producers
Michael Verhoeven, Sentana Filmproduktion GmbH DoP Wayne Sells, Joseph
McCarthy, Thomas Merker Cast Adele Shank, Yvonne Pointer, Kreig Brusnahan
118
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FIVE FRAGMENTS OF THE
EXTINCT EMPATHY
Country Finland Runtime 7 mins
Format 16mm Director/Writer Anna
Nykyri Producer Joonas Berghäll DoP
Heikki Färm Cast Maija Nurmio
In recent years, human rights
organisations have repeatedly criticized
the Nordic countries, Finland in
particular, for their unwieldy response
to violence against women. A film about
the lack of empathy for and violence
against women in Finland.
SHANGHAI GYPSY
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 8PM
A gorgeous feast of a film, Shanghai Gypsy spans four
generations of the Mirga family in a big, sweeping drama
reminiscent of The Godfather no less. Belmondo becomes the
self-styled King of the Gypsies when he establishes a new
village, which he calls Shanghai. With the help of the local jovial
policeman, he rules firmly but fairly, creating a happy place for
both his family and the villagers. He supplements his income by
smuggling the odd innocuous item across the border but when
Yugoslavian President Tito dies and the threat of civil war looms,
the stakes are raised as the illegal arms trade promises far
greater rewards – and much higher risks.
Family and happiness are what matter as each successive
son pursues his own path, but will they lose sight of that?
Based on the novel ‘The Untouchables’ by Slovenian writer
Feri Lanscek, with a charismatic performance from Visar Vishka
as Belmondo, the conflict between appreciating idyllic, simple
pleasures and the pursuit of greater, ill-gotten wealth and power
is compelling. Coupled with sumptuous cinematography and a
soundtrack featuring flamboyant live performances by Balkan
gypsies within the narrative of the film, Shanghai Gypsy sets the
pulses racing and ignites a passion for life. JL
Country Slovenia Runtime 124 mins Original Format Cinemascope Director/
Writer Marko Naberšnik Producer Franci Zajc Cast Visar Vishka, Asli Bayram
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THE STATE OF SHOCK
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 3.30PM + SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 5.45PM
Starting off in a propaganda-like workers’ utopia, we meet Peter
and Marica, a husband and wife striving for the simple pleasures
of life in communist Yugoslavia. On national Labourers’ Day,
Peter wins the Worker of the Year award, which gives him a
new flat as well as prestige within his community. Overcome
with joy, he goes into a deep catatonic state of shock, coming
back to life 10 years later to find a world radically different from
before – Marica has left him for his best friend Jovo, Slovenia
has split form Yugoslavia and capitalism rules supreme over the
repressed workers. Can Peter navigate his way through this new
and convoluted world, or is he doomed to life in an institution?
Writer Andrej Kosak brings us a wonderful script, using
Peter’s supposedly backwards, communist ideals to shine a
thoughtful light on our modern society and economy. The variety
of choice available to mindless consumers bewilders Peter, while
banks keeping his money seems to him absurd – as he says, ‘If
there’s anything that’s crazy around here, it’s society, not me!’.
Martin Marion gives a terrifically charismatic, child-like, funny
and sometimes heartbreaking performance as Peter, with Urska
Hlebec also giving a great performance as Marica, his stoic,
unfortunate wife. OK
Country Slovenia Runtime 96 mins Original Format 35mm Director/Writer
Andrej Kosak Producer Danijel Hocevar DoP Slobodan Trninic Cast Martin
Marion, Urska Hlebec, Nikola Kojo
120 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 9PM
You won’t look at skateboarding or Germany quite the same
way again after This Ain’t California. Part tribute to the life story
of an individual, part recollection of the country’s divided East/
West past through the lens of the skateboarding subculture,
the documentary starts with the childhood days of Denis ‘Panik’
Panicek. Denis escapes his father’s authoritarian swim training
by jumping out of a window located on the 6th floor – or so the
legend goes. He befriends Dirk and Nico, who are whizzing
about on homemade skateboards, and joins in. Three decades
later, Denis is dead, killed while serving in Afghanistan. In
between lie years of rebellion, self-realisation and liberation
as This Ain’t California relates a deeply personal story that
simultaneously reveals a very different side of the German
Democratic Republic.
Marten Persiel combines original film material from the ’80s
(obtained from the skaters themselves), animated sequences in
black and white and present day recordings of the protagonists.
Masterly cinematography and music evocative of another era
hint at the director’s diverse pedigree, encompassing everything
from feature films to music clips to commercials. A fresh,
intimate and dazzling doc to watch more than once. MP
Country Germany Runtime 90 mins Director Marten Persiel Writers Marten
Persiel, Ira Wedel Producers Michael Schöbel, Ronald Vietz DoP Felix Leiberg
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VEGETARIAN CANNIBAL
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 1PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 9PM
The paradox in the film’s title isn’t there for nothing. Danko
Babic, a gynaecologist at a top Croatian fertility clinic, may not
eat animals but consumes humans. Not literally of course: it is
just that Babic is so ruthlessly ambitious that he will let nothing
stand in his way. He performs illegal abortions on prostitutes to
afford himself a comfortable lifestyle, publicly humiliates female
colleagues who reject his advances and is happy to falsify test
results to get the department’s head doctor out of the way
for his own promotion – even if that nearly costs the life of a
patient. There are many casualties along the way as the morally
monstrous Babic seems to balk at nothing.
Vegetarian Cannibal is a study of a reprehensible character,
but also a dissection of a society which joins in on the game:
the adulterous friend that has his mistress undergo a forced
abortion, Babic’s policeman buddy that covers for his crimes
and nurses that open their legs and close their eyes to any
aberrations in the doctor’s office. Winning five awards at
Croatia’s Pula Film Festival, the jury described Vegetarian
Cannibal as ‘a cruel film commentary of our present times
cutting into the sick social tissue where there are truly no
boundaries between respectable citizens and social scum.’ MP
Country Croatia Runtime 84 mins Original Format Arri Alexa Director/Writer
Branko Schmidt Producer Stanislav Babic DoP Dragan Ruljancic Cast Rene
Bitorajac, Zrinka Cvitešic, Leon Lucev
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EPISODE
Country UK Runtime 6 mins
Director/Writer/Producer/DoP
Gareth Morgan Cast Stephen Brown,
Olwen Davies, Edel Nolan
‘These are some damn fine smokes
Ramona, not a brand I’m familiar, but
they are reasonably priced… then you
never were much of a smoker.’
ZERO KILLED
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 1.30PM + SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 1.15PM
Since 1996 Michal Kosakowski has been asking people, from
all walks of life, about their murder fantasies, turning their dark
confessions into short films on the condition that his subjects
act in them, allowing them to live out their fantasies. This film
brings those shorts together with interviews from his ‘murderers’
and ‘victims.’
There’s something for everyone in the grim realisations
of their homicidal daydreams, some are darkly comic, some
brutal and drab; there’s torture, poisoning, assassination, even
a philosophical suicide. Kosakowski has succeeded, often
eerily so, in creating depictions of murder that teeter perilously
between fantasy and snuff.
Kosakowki interviews his subjects about their fantasies and
we hear from a farmer musing about the character required to
kill a sheep, something he has to do on a daily basis, to a soldier
pondering the justification for their actions, or the seemingly
universal desire for murderous revenge if someone harmed
your children. A strangely playful film, this is in turns a riveting,
wince-inducing succession of nightmare scenarios and at once
an arch, wry look at the cruellest fantasies that ordinary people
harbour. OP
THE THINGS WE DO
Country UK Runtime 5 mins Format
Red Epic 5k Director/Writer/
Producer Jason Weidner DoP Ray
Tallan Cast John McQuiston, Gerry Hay
The things a father will do for his son
and what he has to sacrifice to do the
right thing.
Country Germany / Austria Runtime 81 mins Original Format HDCam
Director/Writer/Producer/DoP Michal Kosakowski Cast Nikolaus Firmkranz,
Franziska Wuerzl, Barbara Braun
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BARBAROUS MEXICO 2010
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM
Within the framework of the bicentennial celebration of Mexican
Independence, filmmaker Luis Rincón demonstrates that,
despite its abolition two centuries ago, networks of slavery
still remain in Mexico today. The director reveals this shocking
modern day phenomenon by exposing us to the atrocious
working conditions found in some rural areas of Mexico;
conditions which are totally at odds with the promise of human
rights in modern society.
Barbarous Mexico 2010 takes its name from the eponymous
book published in 1910 by American journalist, John K. Turner.
An active member during the Mexican Revolution, Turner
accused the government for its lack of control of working
conditions in the countryside. In the footsteps of Turner, Rincón
explores various places in Mexico where slavery continues to
this day, disguised as ‘Service for Debt’. The film witnesses the
migration of workers from Central America into Mexico who
inevitably become part of the most exploited workforce.
A remarkable documentary that invites the audience to
think about the basic practices of capitalism and the inability
of today’s governments to overcome the persistence of such
inhumane treatment. DM
Country Mexico Runtime 80 mins Director/Writer Luis Rincón Producer
Martha Orozco DoP César Aliosha, Arturo R Jiménez
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SCREENING SPONSORS
BRILLIANT SOIL
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
For centuries craft pottery has been one of the main activities
of the indigenous Purépechas people from the northwest of
Mexico. During colonial times the Spanish introduced the use of
lead to the manufacturing process. Despite the knowledge that
lead is a highly toxic ingredient, local potters have continued to
use it in their glazes and as a result, they and their families have
suffered the inevitable and irreparable health consequences.
Brilliant Soil focuses on the touching story of Herlinda
Morales, a native potter who has dedicated her life to the
prevention of lead poisoning in her community. The documentary
exposes her cause and does much to support her in promoting
non toxic alternatives to lead. Moreover, it has helped Herlinda
gain wider recognition for her local pottery and, to her delight,
led to her being reunited with her long-lost brothers for the first
time in years since they emigrated to the USA.
An honest and moving story, Brilliant Soil captures the
imagination and charm of Herlinda and her passion for helping
her family and her fellow workers. Interest in her personal story
has also created renewed interest in the pottery tradition of
Purépechas, one of the largest and most important indigenous
groups in Mexico. DM
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Runtime 93 mins Directors José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Sebastián Diaz Aguirre
Writers Sebastían Díaz Aguirre, José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Lorena Fuentes Aymes
Producers Omar Foglio Almada, Ana Paola Rodríguez España DoP César Aliosha,
Arturo R Jiménez Cast Herlinda Morales Jerónimo, Víctor Águila Sánchez
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DIE STANDING UP
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM
A powerful and surprising documentary by renowned journalist
and sociologist Jacaranda Correa, who uses her research skills
to introduce the unique story of Irina Layevska. Through a
fragmented narrative, Correa presents two stories, apparently
unrelated, before revealing a shocking link between them.
Die Standing Up is the story of Irina, a tireless fighter for
personal freedoms and progressive causes, all done from her
wheelchair. Brought up by militarily communist parents, Irina’s
early confinement to a wheelchair has turned her socialism
away from the Cuban Solidarity Movement of her youth to more
personal activism. Irina represents an invaluable contribution
in the struggle against social injustices and discriminations in
Mexico, putting her personal experience to good use.
Using interviews, archival footage and home videos, Correa
skilfully intercuts the fragmented stories, building up an
intimate portrait of Irina and her partner Nelida’s personal and
professional lives. An award-winning documentary, Die Standing
Up shows the struggle against disease, identity crises, social
injustices and discrimination through an in-depth exploration of
its principal character: the irrepressible Irina Layevska. DM
Country Mexico Runtime 74 mins Director Jacaranda Correa Writers Jacaranda
Correa, Martha Orozco, Rodolfo Santa Ma Troncoso Producer Martha Orozco DoP
Dariela Ludlow Cast Irina Layevska, Nélida Reyes
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DONKEYS
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 9PM
The directorial debut of Odín Salazar is an artistic, almost poetic
portrayal of the story of Lautaro, a ten-year-old boy on the verge
of losing his innocence when his father is murdered. Within a
rural setting and using a mix of fantasy and reality, the director
shows the breakdown of a family and the determined strength of
a child in overcoming the death of his father.
Set in the south of Mexico in the 1940s, Donkeys resembles
the ‘magic realism’ worshipped by Mexican author Juan Rulfo in
his literary masterpiece Pedro Paramo. Through the memories
and fantasies of young Lautaro, a unique environment is
created: the distinction between reality and fiction is blurred, as
is the distinction between the living and the dead. The viewer
becomes immersed in a kind of fantastical reality framed by the
customs and traditions of rural Mexican life.
Abimael Orozco, the young actor who plays Lautaro, is
an impressive discovery by the director. He brings a purity
of narrative to the film, the result of which is an honest
and captivating story which also features accomplished
cinematography. An emotional, magical-realist ode to rural
Mexico from a perspective of a young and troubled child DM
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Country Mexico Runtime 93 mins Director/Writer Odín Salazar Flores
Producers Elsa Reyes Garcés DoP Alejandro Cantú Cast Abimael Orozco, Leticia
Gutierrez, Alfredo Herrera
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FLOWER IN THE SLIME
SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM
Following the death of her stepmother, fourteen-year-old
Marlene is left in the hands of a middle-class couple in Mexico
City. Her new father figure is renowned biochemist, Augusto,
whose marital life is interrupted by the sudden presence of a
fresh and innocent teenage beauty. And with her delicate and
subtle charm, it doesn’t take long for Marlene to seduce him.
The story takes a twist when Marlene is in turn seduced by an
old friend, then taken to the coast to be prostituted. Desperate
to track her down, Augusto decides to abandon his job, his
wife and his stable life to find her, in spite of the inevitable and
dangerous consequences.
Flower in the Slime addresses the issue of prostitution
in Mexico obliquely – by focusing on the psychology of its
characters. We see the inner conflict of Marlene as her youth
is snatched from her and as she comes to terms with a new life
selling her body.
As part of the debut programme at the University Centre of
Cinematographic Studies (CUEC) in Mexico, in conjunction with
the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Flower in the Slime talks
about the values and existential confrontations between its
characters as basic human beings. DM
Country Mexico Runtime 100 mins Director/Writer Guillermo González Montes
Producers Armando Casas, Roberto Fiesco, Hugo Espinosa DoP José Antonio
Lendo Cast Odiseo Bichir, Claudia Zepeda, Claudia Ramírez.
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HERE COMES THE DEVIL
WEDNSESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM
The latest film from young Spanish horror director Bogliano
sees him branching out into the realm of the supernatural
thriller with Here Comes The Devil. The film recounts the tale
of a young couple and their children who are on vacation in
Tijuana, Mexico. While they visit a mountainous area on the
outskirts of the city for the day, they hesitantly agree to let their
young son and daughter explore a nearby cave on condition they
arrive back on time at the meeting point.
They soon find themselves in a panic stricken state however,
as the kids fail to show up at the agreed time. When they are
finally found the next morning, they seem withdrawn and not
quite the same as before. As time goes by, questions continue
over their strange behaviour and suspicions begin to surface
that they may have been abused by a local man. Inevitably,
tension seeps into the couple’s own relationship which seems to
unravel in parallel to the unfolding mystery.
Bogliano moves away from his earlier horror outings to reveal
a subtler slice of terror. Citing Roeg’s Don’t Look Now as well as
Picnic At Hanging Rock as influences, this is a mysterious and
stylistically beguiling film which steadily creeps up on the viewer
with Bogliano ratcheting up the suspense at every turn. SB
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Country Mexico Runtime 97 mins Director/Writer Adrían García Bogliano
Producer Andrea Quiroz Hernández DoP Ernesto Herrera Cast Francisco
Barreiro, Laura Caro
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MY UNIVERSE IN LOWER CASE
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 9PM
The acclaimed directional debut of Hatuey Viveros tells the story
of Aina, a girl from Spain who arrives in Mexico City in search
of her father. However, the only reference she holds is an old
childhood picture with a note at the back saying ‘Our house at
37 Juarez Street’. As Aina comes to realise, every district in that
vast city has its own Juarez street. Determined to succeed, Aina
explores every road bearing that name, immersing herself in one
of the biggest and most crowded cities in the world.
My Universe in Lower Case is a film about the ‘search,’ a trend
in contemporary Mexican cinema eager to explore the past in
order to understand the present. It portrays the curiosity of a
young generation with a lack of memory and shows also how
that curiosity can be an important feature in anyone’s life: Aina’s
search becomes about the process, not just the result.
Following Aina’s footsteps, we explore along with her the
different micro-universes integrated inside the big Mexican
capital. Through the people she meets we come to understand
something of the city, and all its different districts. My Universe
in Lower Case is a homage to Mexico City and all the marvellous
characters contained within. MP
Country Mexico Runtime 90 mins Director Hatuey Viveros Writers Ana Mata,
Inti Aldasoro Producer Nicolás Celis DoP Vidblaín Balvás Cast Aida Folch, Diana
Bracho, Tara Parra
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FAMILIAR GROUND
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 5.30PM + FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 3.15PM
Benoit lives at home with his ailing father, unemployed and
unambitious. His relationship with his girlfriend is strained by the
presence of her troublesome son. Everything he touches seems
to go wrong and he is deeply depressed. His sister Maryse
is married and employed, but if anything is more unhappy.
Set against the bleakness of a Quebec winter, their mutual
depression seems to be inescapable, but when a strange man
who claims to be from the future visits one of them with a dire
warning, they set out on a trip together each intending to make
a drastic change.
Familiar Ground is a masterful exploration of contrasts. It
effortlessly mixes the extraordinary with the mundane; time
travel is unexplained and dismissed as a minor event, yet
an industrial accident in Maryse’s factory takes on a deep
significance that resonates through the film. Wonderful
cinematography finds both the beautiful and the sinister in the
rural and suburban Quebec landscape. And through all the
melodrama and depression the film finds a darkly comedic tone
tone that is at times laugh out loud funny. And, unlike the abrupt
endings of many films that share its style, Familiar Ground has
its sights firmly fixed on a big finish, and what a finish it is. MM
Country Canada (Quebec) Runtime 98 mins Original Format 35mm Director/
Writer Stéphane Lafleur Producer Luc Déry, Kim McCraw DoP Sara Mishara
Cast Francis La Haye, Fanny Mallette, Sylvain Marcel
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LAURENTIE
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM + SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 12.45PM
Meet Louis. He’s in his late twenties, a morose recluse with
few social skills and a sense of being cut off from the people
around him. Being in a highly sociable environment – like a
party – makes him sweat, especially when that party is hosted
by his confident, outgoing and attractive American neighbour.
Things get worse as Louis splits from his girlfriend and begins to
lose control, distancing himself from the people around him and
making more and more regrettable decisions.
Writer/directors Mathieu Dennis and Simon Lavoie tell Louis’
story from a fly-on the wall perspective, letting the audience
in to every intimate and private moment of his life. Clever
cinematography from Canniccioni however, still suggests Louis’
feelings of isolation from normality and comfortable, human
relationships.
Emmanuel Schwartz’s no-holds-barred performance is central
to this film, both searching and disturbing as the struggling
Louis. Laurentie shines a light on some of the darkest aspects
of human behaviour through three accordingly darkly-named
cinematic chapters. A slow burn of a film, spiked with some
moments of powerful sexuality, Laurentie is an ode to the ennui
of modern existence felt by one man. OK
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Country Canada (Quebec) Runtime 120 mins Original Format DCP Director/
Writer Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie Producer Nancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil,
Pascal Bascaron DoP Nicolas Canniccioni Cast Emmanuel Schwartz, Jade
Hassouné, Eugénie Beaudry
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OVER MY DEAD BODY
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 6.15PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
In the dance world when one encounters Dave St-Pierre, the
labels ‘provocateur’ and ‘enfant terrible’ spring to mind. His work
is famed for its nudity, rawness, and some would say downright
barefacedness. Over My Dead Body is a film that enables
the audience to make their own judgment concerning this
provocative genius who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
The film follows St-Pierre’s journey from joining the
transplant list to the possibility of the actual procedure. Along
the way one is invited to share in the most intimate of scenes
that punctuate St Pierre’s time-dependent existence – from
character references given by former lovers and collaborative
artists, to heartfelt parental reactions. Though St-Pierre found
international fame as a dance-maker, the film does not force
his creative catalogue upon the observer, but rather uses it as
an additional mode of communication – a truer way in which to
contextualise the protagonist’s persona.
Appreciators of St-Pierre’s artistic voice have always viewed
his works as conceptual in style but with a truthfulness to back
them up. Being able to contemplate his lonely, melancholic
existence more than affirms this assumption, along with the
cliché that great art is realised through great suffering. MP
Country Canada (Quebec) Runtime 80 mins Original Format HD Director/
Writer Brigitte Poupart Producers Virginie Dubois, Stéphanie Morissette, Brigitte
Poupart DoP Brigitte Poupart, Dave Saint-Pierre, Jean Ranger, Alexis Landriault,
Richard Jutras, Jean-Marc Abela, Adam Thompson
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THE SALESMAN
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM + SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 12.30PM
Selling ice to the Inuit is said to be the ultimate test of a
salesman’s skill, but 67-year-old Marcel Lévesque knows that
selling cars in the depths of a Quebecoise winter is a task just
as arduous. This year is worse than any other; as the paper mill
that provides the village’s livelihood threatens to close, buying
cars is the last thing on these gentle people’s minds. Marcel is
unperturbed, however, still recording his patter on a dictaphone
to see where he can improve and frustrating his adult daughter
by refusing to retire.
An unhurried portrayal of a community on borrowed time, this
film portrays every face and every moment with affection. Yet
this is not the sentimental tale it could easily veer toward: the
arresting opening sequence of a dead moose being dragged onto
a truck instantly signals that something is rotten in this snowswept timewarp.
We become so entranced by these beautiful shots of Canada
that the sting in this narrative’s tail seems to hit twice as hard.
Like ageing Marcel and the ailing community, we are left reeling
by the unwanted and unexpected. AS
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Country Canada (Quebec) Runtime 107 mins Original Format 35mm Director/
Writer Sébastien Pilote Producers Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle DoP Michel
La Veaux Cast Gilbert Sicotte, Nathalie Cavezzali, Jeremy Tessier
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WINTER PASSED
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 1.15PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM
Simon is a music video producer who has lost his business
because of piracy and illegal downloading. He also seems to
have lost his father to the fogs of old age and now he can’t find
his son. What happened? As we follow Simon on a very personal
journey, everything around him seems to fall apart and he is
forced to rethink his life.
Set against the backdrop of the Canadian cold winter, the film
is about the winter inside Simon, a time of metaphorical death.
Life seems to have evaded him and it’s almost painful to watch
his attempts to reach son Marc-Antoine fall on deaf ears. The
wall between them seems insurmountable when father meets
son in a very emotional scene in the police station. And what is
it about Marc-Antoine? Why is it so hard for him to let his father
in? The struggle inside him is obvious but the reasons for it
remain hidden.
This is a film about human relations and how to find a way
back, about life and death and the various cycles of life. The very
simple, maybe even monotonous, soundtrack draws you in even
closer, and there are some poignant moments that make this
film what it is, finely balanced between intensely intimate and
yet so distant. MG
Country Canada Runtime 73 mins Original Format Super 16mm Director/
Writer/Producer Paul Barbeau DoP Philippe Roy Cast Émile Schneider-Vanier,
Benz Antoine, Isabelle O’brien
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ABOUT THE PINK SKY
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM
Finding a wallet stuffed with cash has to be the classic moral
dilemma, and it is such an incident that befalls Izumi, the high
school girl protagonist at the beginning of Japanese indie film
About the Pink Sky. Her friend Haruko insists that they return
the wallet because the owner, a wealthy teenager named Koki,
looks cute, but not before Izumi lends a large portion of it to a
down on his luck acquaintance.
When Koki discovers the IOU addressed to Izumi in his wallet
he press gangs her and the now infatuated Haruko into helping
him to create a newspaper filled only with good news to cheer
up a friend in hospital. But as with all the characters in the film
he is holding back something about himself.
The film is sumptuously shot in crisp black and white with a
shallow depth of field that really makes the many close-up shots
pop and Keiichi Kobayashi directs with an assured lightness of
touch that is astonishing considering this is only his second film.
With its lo-fi aesthetic, shifts in tone from humour to melancholy
and focus on the minutiae of human life the film expertly mixes
the atmosphere of an American mumblecore movie with the
charm and wit of a Japanese indie comedy. DB
Country Japan Runtime 113 mins Original Format HDCam Director/Writer/
DoP Keiichi Kobayashi Producer Hiroshi Harada Cast Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino,
Reiko Fujiwara
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AFTER SCHOOL MIDNIGHTERS
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 1.15PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 2.30PM
It’s best to choose one’s opponents wisely – that’s a lesson that
Kunstlijk, the anatomy model of the elite St. Claire Elementary
School who comes to life after midnight, has yet to learn.
Instead he foolishly decides to take revenge on three girls that
dared to beautify him with scribbles, flowers and lipstick during
daylight hours.
Mako, an unstoppable blabbermouth, is constantly thrilled;
Mi, a little lady of luxuries, constantly bored; and Mu, an
intimidatingly silent science geek, constantly intrigued. Together
they make a fearless, unbeatable and simply hilarious trio that
Kunstlijk and the other fanciful creatures – Goth, the resident
school skeleton, three pistol-wielding rabbits in formaldehyde,
merman-wannabe Pinia, and more – just cannot keep up with.
Colourful, rambunctious and wild, After School Midnighters is
a spectacle for kids, but serves up plenty of jokes for the adults
too, including some strategically placed drawings and rather
neat, multilingual wordplay with character names. Its plotline
may be fairly straightforward, but is self-assured and delightful
in its details. Submitted for the Best Animated Feature Film
Academy Award. MGP
PASSING THROUGH
Country USA Runtime 7 mins
Original Format HDV Director/
Producer Rob Sabal
Passing Through confronts the tension
between the beauty of abstract imagery
and the power of representational
images gathered on a trip from Tokyo to
tsunami-battered Ishinomaki.
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Country Japan Runtime 94 mins Original Format HDCam Director Hitoshi
Takekiyo Writer Yoichi Komori Producer Muneyuki Kii Cast Koichi Yamadera,
Hiromasa Taguchi
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DON’T DARE TO STOP LOVE
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 3.30PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM
Don’t Dare To Stop Love follows the conflicted and delusional
life of a single mother and cancer victim. An abstract exploration
of her relationships with both her young lover and teenage
daughter, the film shows us the tortures of a self-indulgent mind.
In a plea for affection, she devotes the last months of her life
taking care of Pet, her boyfriend. This, however, turns sour when
her excessive need for pity becomes too much for him to bear.
Intercut with sketches of her teenage daughter gossiping
about her mother’s strange behaviour, we develop a compassion
for the lead. Will she succumb to the darkness of her own mind
or will she be inspired to overcome her fate?
This film delivers an offbeat experience aimed at an
audience with a desire to have the laws of contemporary
cinema challenged. Filmed on 8mm, Oguchi abandons
many conventional film techniques to pursue a rawness
and authenticity of film. His cinematography is fresh and
yet meditative, well suited to the close nature of the project.
The intimate leading performance from Kazumi Fujishima is
touching, and indeed, inspiring, her journey more affecting than
you might expect. JW
Country Japan Runtime 54 mins Original Format 8mm Director/Writer/
Producer Yoko Oguchi DoP Eiji Suzuki Cast Kazumi Fujishima, Yoshiro Hatori,
Fumiko Abe
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OLO, THE BOY FROM TIBET
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 5.45PM
At the age of 6 Olo left his family and fled Tibet on his own.
Currently, he studies as a boarding student at the Tibetan
Children’s Village in India operated by the Tibetan-Governmentin-Exile. This is a unique documentary which, by closely
following a young boy, shows us the sentiments of a people
continuing to live as refugees and the tragedy of Tibet, denied
its nationality and culture.
Watching Olo mature having encountered and experienced
many things — the arrest of a family friend for filming a movie
on Tibetan soil; the arrest of a Tibetan friend attempting to flee
the country; a journey to meet an elderly woman, a friend of
the director, who lives in a Nepalese refugee camp — we are
confronted with the diverse realities of Tibet. What is a country?
What is culture? What is it to live?
Director Iwasa Hisaya is a veteran filmmaker who attracted
attention in the ‘60s with his avant-garde documentaries.
His distinctive direction, which skews the boundary between
documentary and fiction portrays the sorrow and anguish of
the Tibetan people. The meeting of a director and a young boy
whose age difference is that of a grandfather and grandchild
has resulted in this openly beautiful and warm film. AkS
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Country Japan Runtime 108 mins Original Format HD Director Hisaya Iwasa
Producer Haruhiko Daishima DoP Kazuhiko Tsumura Cast Olo, Momo Chenga,
Lamo Tsuo
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A ROAD STAINED CRIMSON
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 1.30PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 1.15PM
An enigmatic, stylish shot to the gut debut that mixes the
philosophy of garage rock with the techniques of art cinema.
Ken is an easy-going guy living an uneventful existence as
a motorcycle repair man until his past as a professional killer
comes knocking in the form of Akira. His psychotic former boss
is determined to convince him to return to killing or see Ken take
his secrets to his grave. As he finds himself torn between these
two lives Ken meets a young boy burning with rage and takes
it upon himself to set him upon the path to redemption, the film
settles into the format of a road movie..
Taking on aesthetic influences as broad as Wong Kar-wai
and Jean Luc Godard via Easy Rider and spaghetti westerns,
writer-director Tetsuhiko Nono’s debut feature is a maelstrom
of cinephilic references and slow burn, enigmatic intensity. The
film bristles with mystery, not least in the cryptic circumstances
surrounding Ken’s father’s death or the nature of his relationship
with Yoko, the older woman who runs the repair shop with him.
Nono takes delight in emphasising these enigmas through
elliptical editing and philosophical digressions, constantly
playing with the audience’s expectations as he works towards
the film’s triumphantly bombastic conclusion. DB
Country Japan Runtime 110 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer
Tetsuhiko Nono Producer Shinjiro Nishimura, Koji Chiba DoP Takuro Iwagami Cast
Hirofumi Arai, Jun Murakami, Niinobu Ryomei
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SADO TEMPEST
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 9PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM
There is something gloriously demented about the idea of
retelling Shakespeare’s Tempest as a futuristic Japanese
musical, but the focus and conviction of the storytelling of
Arashi elevate this film to more than just the sum of its parts.
As an outspoken critic of an oppressive regime, a rock singer
is exiled to an island of perpetual winter. His only allies are
a kindly guard and the seemingly insane Miranda. Forced to
record new songs for a public that believes him to be dead, he
slowly comes to the realisation that music may be, not just the
key to his freedom, but the instrument for change both on the
island and back in the mainland.
Played out against the dramatic natural volcanic backdrop
of Sado island, writer/director John Williams seamlessly draws
together elements of the Shakespearean source material
with contemporary Japanese rock music and Noh theatre.
An imaginative story, with stunning visuals and engaging
performances, Sado Tempest has elements of the magical, the
supernatural, the futuristic, the musical and the allegorical. But,
despite having to manage so many seemingly disparate ideas,
Williams never loses focus on the story and never forgets to
keep Arashi thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. MM
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Country Japan, UK, Hong Kong Runtime 94 mins Original Format HDcam
Director/Writer John Williams Producer Paul Smith, Roger Garcia, Shohei
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CINEMA SIX
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM
If you’re looking for some comic relief, look no further than
Cinema Six. This delightful film from Mark Potts and Cole Selix
showcases independent American filmmaking at its best.
The film centres on three employees of Stanton Family
Cinemas, all of whom have worked there for far longer than
anyone should. Mason takes long shifts at the cinema, avoiding
going home to his wife and newborn child. When his wife
announces that she’s pregnant for a second time, Mason has to
decide if he will finally swallow his pride and take a job with his
obnoxious father in law. Meanwhile Gabe spends his days hiding
in the projection booth, too afraid to venture out as far as the
concessions stall and Dennis has just broken up with his fiancé,
whom he caught cheating.
Though a comedy, the film deals with the theme of fear
in a subtle and compelling way; Potts and Selix’s film has a
surprising amount of depth hidden under the witty one liners
from a strong cast. The chemistry between Merriman, Potts
and Rackley is a joy to watch and they obviously had a lot of fun
making the film; almost as much as you will watching it. KK
Country USA Runtime 79 mins Original Format HD Directors/Writers Mark
Potts, Cole Selix Producers Nick Tankersly, Don Swaynos, Kelly Williams DoP
John Merriman, Brand Rackley, Mark Potts Cast John Merriman, Brand Rackley,
Mark Potts
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CONSUMING SPIRITS
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM
Victor Blue, Gentian Violet and Earl Gray all live in a forgotten
corner somewhere deep in America. Victor and Miss Violet both
work at ‘The Suggester,’ the local newspaper and are kind of
in a relationship, and kind of not. Earl, meanwhile, has a nightly
radio show called ‘Gardener’s Corner’ in which he shares his
wisdom on plants and life more generally. Miss Violet listens
in when she drives the bus, Victor when he goes around in his
stolen truck, and the rest of the town probably tunes in too.
It may not sound like a much of plot, but as these three
characters’ lives intersect, in the present and the past, a layered
and highly atmospheric gothic tale unfolds. Consuming Spirits
is not just a film, it is a masterful, one-of-a-kind animation for
adults that has been lovingly crafted to perfection by Chris
Sullivan over the course of nearly 15 years. Using an everchanging combination of pencil drawings, paper cut-outs,
photographs, newspaper clippings, shadow puppetry and
stop-motion models, Consuming Spirits is simply gorgeous,
one memorable scene following another and complemented
by a score consisting largely of nostalgia-invoking Irish folk
songs. If only every film were as creative and original, going
to the cinema would be a constant thrill. MP
Country USA Runtime 130 mins Original Format 16mm Director/Writer/
Producer/DoP Chris Sullivan
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CULTURE SHOCK
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 3.30PM
Prolific director Steve Balderson returns to Raindance with an
eccentric comedy thriller that will leave your head spinning.
The film opens with the delivery of some exciting news for
four young graduates: their parents are sending them over to
Europe for the summer. There they will immerse themselves in
the culture and learn to stand on their own two feet. ‘You are on
your own,’ as one dad firmly states. ‘adults figure things out.’
Needless to say, the rest of the film does not consist of
museum excursions and snapshots of landmarks. Hours after
landing on British soil, the group are confronted by a terrified
woman on a Jack the Ripper tour. After her body is discovered,
they get caught up in the investigation and their carefree
coming-of-age summer becomes a colourful nightmare. – and
this is before they’ve even checked into their bizarre bed and
breakfast. One kidnapping, one ‘hot bitch with a gun,’ and a
number of tweets later, we’re led frantically down the streets
of London where everyone is suspect.
Shot over two weeks, entirely without permits, Culture Shock
is an admirable addition to Balderson’s reputation as a truly
independent, lo-budget filmmaker. An innovative and tonguein-cheek take on the crime thriller, but as dad warned at the
beginning, ‘it will be scary, people will seem strange.’ KB
Country USA Runtime 85 mins Original Format HD Director/Producer/DoP
Steve Balderson Writer Frankie Krainz Cast Starina Johnson, Holly Hinton, Damien
Gerard
150 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
DARK HEARTS
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 8.30PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 4PM
Colson is an artist struggling to make it in the frenetically paced
downtown LA art scene. When his brother Sam lands on his
doorstep, Colson finds himself drawn back to the fractured
family set-up that he felt lucky to have left behind. Out for a
night on the town, the brothers run into sultry singer Fran. They
both fall in love but Colson becomes obsessed and a passionate
affair ensues.
Prodded by an influential gallery owner to push his work that
much further, Colson stumbles across the perfect red and the
power of painting in blood. Soon it seems like he’s made a deal
with the devil as he immerses himself in an affair with Fran that
has deception and betrayal looming in the background.
Sonja Kinski, daughter of Natassja, is stunning as Fran,
having inherited not only her mother’s dark beauty but her
acting skills too, and she proves a powerfully magnetic muse.
A real bonus is the film’s hip score which features tracks
provided by Einstuerzende Neubauten, Shirley Manson from
Garbage, Fairuza Balk and Daniel J from Bauhaus and Love
and Rockets. A debut feature from South African born director
Rudolf Buitendach, this is a stylish odyssey that proves as
alluring as LA itself. SB
Country USA Runtime 96 mins Original Format Arri Alexa Director Rudolf
Buitendach Writer Christian Piers Betley Producers Jack Bowyer, Kees Van
Oostrum, Alexis Varouxakis, Christian Piers Betley DoP Kees Van Oostrum Cast
Kyle Schmid, Sonja Kinski, Lucas Till
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
151
THE GRIEF TOURIST
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 3.15PM + SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM
Jim Tahana (Michael Cudlitz) is the Grief Tourist of the title, a
socially isolated security guard who spends his holidays visiting
the sites of brutal killings. On his most recent excursion, to the
home-town of arsonist and mass murderer, he encounters Betsy
(Melanie Griffith) an emotionally vulnerable waitress with whom
he begins to develop a real human connection. But as he visits
the sites of the town’s tragic history he begins to relive elements
of his own past and his own dark side begins to bubble to the
surface.
It takes real guts to make a film with a story and a central
theme so reminiscent of Taxi Driver, but The Grief Tourist easily
lives up to its mighty influence. A poignant script and a haunting
central performance from Cudlitz ensures that even during his
darkest deeds Jim retains our sympathies. Excellent supporting
performances, beautiful cinematography, easy pacing and
superb direction from Suri Krishnamma, brings together a film
with more elegance and subtlety than any story with such a dark
subject matter should by any rights have. When the annals of
film history are written and a list is compiled of the films evoking
thoughts of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, The
Grief Tourist will appear on a different list entirely. MM
Country USA Runtime 83 mins Original Format MiniRed Director Suri
Krishnamma Writer Frank John Hughes Producers Zachery Bryan, Adam Targum,
Michael Cudlitz, Frank John Hughes, Suzanne DeLaurentiis DoP Ricardo Jaques
Gale Cast Michael Cudlitz, Melanie Griffith, Pruitt Taylor Vince
152 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THE HIDDEN HAND
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 4.45PM
Extraterrestrial life forms have purportedly been visiting Earth
for thousands of years. If you don’t know the difference between
‘Contactees’ and ‘Abductees’ or can’t tell ‘Greys’ from ‘Blondes,’
this film will be your guide through the world of alien contact.
The Hidden Hand is a comprehensive series of interviews
detailing all aspects of contact with intelligent aliens. It
examines the history of alien contact through the ages and
looks at phenomena such as UFO’s, alien abduction and the
advanced technology left behind. We hear testimonials from
abductees, former senior government and military officials, and
writers and historians of alien encounters.
The presence of intelligent alien life is not a new subject for
a documentary but what makes The Hidden Hand stand apart
from any others are two things – firstly, its extensive range
of testimonials from people who have either had contact with
aliens, have worked in positions with access to evidence of
aliens, or have spent decades researching evidence. Secondly,
rather than shoving a predetermined conclusion down the
throats of its audience, it merely presents the evidence of its
testimonials and allows the viewer to decide whether or not they
want to believe. Debate is sure to follow. MM
Country USA Runtime 80 mins Director/Writer/DoP James Carman
Producers James Carman, Alan Steinfield, Sabine Schenk Cast Dr Edgar Mitchell,
Paul Hellyer
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 153
HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG?
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 9PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 1PM
When struggling songwriter Joe gets to write for an offBroadway show, he knows exactly who the leading lady should
be and it isn’t his performer girlfriend, Evey (Christina Rose). Joe
may want to cast his new muse Summer (Debbie Williams) as
the lead but that might just come at a very high price.
Beginning life as a crowdfunded project on Kickstarter, this is
a beautiful, modern day musical with witty, narrative driven lyrics
and a score that harkens back to the big Broadway shows. The
songs are not just a vehicle to move the story but are integral to
the characters’ lives, the way in which they express their hopes
and fears. The monotony of the everyday becomes magical
when they sing, reality blending seamlessly with cinematic
stylization. The fact that the real life film’s songwriter Joe
Schermann plays the character of the same name adds to this
blurring of boundaries.
A sense of hope pervades the film with the idea that it takes
just one person to change your life – and then the dream will
become reality. All round strong, emotive performances in this
deliciously musical love triangle make for a sensory experience
you won’t forget. JL
Country USA Runtime 104 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer/DoP
Gary King Producers Gary King, Sujata King, Christina Rose, Mark DiConzo, Daryl
Ray Carliles Cast Joe Schermann, Christina Rose, Mark DiConzo
154 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 9PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM
Featuring a pretty awesome rock soundtrack with appropriately
colourful cartoony titles, Locked In A Garage Band is the
brilliant new Canadian comedy from Jennifer Westcott.
Richie is desperately trying to hold his band – The Tangenitals
– together by drafting in a new singer. Only problem is, the
new singer is a sore point between Richie and his ex-friend
and band member (now aspiring businessman), Scott. As
the title suggests, the fractured band is locked into their
garage rehearsal space by Richie’s sister as a result of a
fraternal fracas. Things go from bad to worse when building an
improvised toilet turns out to be a bad idea; relationships come
to a head, feelings get hurt and stupid ideas reign supreme. The
answer to their escape is a brilliantly witty one – but will it tie the
band together, or tear them apart?
The film boasts an extraordinarily musically talented cast
giving great performances, especially Scott Lyster as cheeky,
charismatic Richie. Westcott’s debut feature is smartly
directed and sincerely funny, a less crazy, more grown-up
Scott Pilgrim VS The World where the band has gotten old and
no superpowers can save them. This debut certainly makes
Westcott one to watch for future comedy. OK
Country Canada Runtime 86 mins Original Format HD Red Director/Writer
Jennifer Westcott Producer Victoria Westcott DoP Gabriel Medina Cast Scott
Lyster, Andrew Jenkins, Brittney Wilson
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 155
ME @ THE ZOO
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM
Chris Crocker, a trans-gendered gay man rocking a platinum
blonde bob and eyeliner, first came to international attention
after Britney Spears’ very public meltdown in 2007. Super fan
Crocker achieved overnight celebrity status when his ‘Leave
Britney Alone’ Youtube rants caused an internet sensation.
Crocker grew up poor in Bristol, Tennessee, born to a 14 year
old mother but raised and home-schooled by his long-suffering
grandparents. Previously an almost complete unknown, his was
now a name on everybody’s radar and the secret? – merely
to hitch a ride on the celebrity bandwagon. Genius or not,
Crocker’s extreme self promotion earned him a place in front of
Youtube’s global audience - one that was divided into love it or
loathe camps – and he shocked even himself with how quickly
he’d become international Marmite.
This frenetically charged experimental documentary from
filmmakers Valerie Veatch and Chris Moukarbel (and exec
produced by, amongst others, Michael Stipe) employs a
multitude of formats to take the viewer on a whirlwind tour of
how to get famous fast, as long as you’re sure that’s what you
really, really want. SB
Country USA Running Time 80 mins Directors Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch
Producers Chris Moukarbel, Nucholas Shumaker, Jack Turner, Valerie Veatch DoP
Valerie Veatch
156 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
MISSED CONNECTIONS
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 9PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM
Neal just quit his job and found his girlfriend having sex with his
best friend. Luckily, like all good rom-com heroes, Neal has a
group of buddies who rally around him with an idea for perking
him up. Neal answers the missed connections adverts of lonely
girls, posing as the person they passed on the train. He sets
up a date, and then loiters in the background as they sit there,
supposedly stood up. Just when they are about to leave he
swoops in as Neal, a charming, kind, stranger who would never
do such a thing. The plan works well, until the same woman
keeps showing up to his dates.
Missed Connections is a fine romantic comedy that uses its
independence to break free of the clichés tarnishing the genre.
Largely funded through Kickstarter and the good old fashioned
technique of calling in favours and goodwill from colleagues,
the film has a fresh and friendly feel to it. This is only helped
by the ensemble cast and the real-life marriage of the two
leads, Dorien Davies and Kenny Stevenson, who also wrote the
script. The film is produced by Religulous’ Lisa Rudin and is the
directing debut of Eric Kissack, editor of The Dictator. High on
the charm, low on the cheese, Missed Connections is everything
an indie rom-com should be. JB
DROWNED
Country USA Runtime 5 mins
Format Red Director/Writer Marcio
Miglioris Producers Paola Gazzaneo,
Soledad Uriarte DoP Ezequiel Arribas
Cast Karyn Richman, Geoffrey Gould,
Christi Lynch
Ageing Sarah goes to the beach every
day waiting to be rescued from her
lonely life and discovers that hope is the
last thing to go under.
Country USA Runtime 77 mins Original Format HDV Director Eric Kissack
Writer Kenny Stevenson Producer Lisa Rudin DoP Cat Deakins
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 157
MON AMI
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 8.45PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 3.45PM
Canadian writer/director Rob Grant’s followup to his 2009 cult
hit Yesterday is a dark comedy with a very serious bite.
Two hardware store wage slaves, Cal (Scott Wallis) and
Teddy (Mike Kovac), decide to take revenge on their boss by
kidnapping his blond daughter Crystal (Chelsey Reist) and
holding her for ransom.
What follows is a hilarious series of gaffes and romps where
every conceivable thing that can go wrong for these two, does
– redefining the concept of ‘criminally dumb’. Rob Grant has a
lot to say with this flick. He isn’t afraid to challenge viewers and
their sense of comedy, pushing a wacky concept to the extreme.
And yet the film always stays just this side of credible, which
keeps the climax both entertaining and tense.
Mon Ami’s world premiere at July’s Montreal Fantasia brought
it the plaudits that could see this micro budget feature earning
cult status. Reminiscent of both Fargo and Very Bad Things, the
pitch black darkness of this comedy is sure to win it die-hard
fans on this side of the Atlantic too. Watch this movie and you’ll
get sucked into an uproarious debacle of a kidnapping film that
has as much to say about friendship as it does about idiotic
amateur criminals. An ideal night out. EG
Country Canada Runtime 93 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Rob
Grant Producer Scott Mainwood DoP Michael Baier Cast Mike Kovac, Scott
Wallis, Chelsey Reist
158 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
NO PRISONER
Country UK Runtime 10 mins Format
HD Director/Writer Dave Fulton
Producer Richard Kerrigan DoP
Sashi Kissoon Cast Phill Jupitus, Josie
Lawrence, John Voce
A gasman doing his rounds is mistaken
for a thief by the lonely occupant in one
of the houses.
NOISE MATTERS
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 3.15PM
‘The whole essence of noise is that there are no instruments.
We’re not musicians, we make noise.’ Noise Matters is a two
hour lesson in noise and a journey into the minds of some rather
eccentric characters. While it is intimately touching it’s also
outrageously funny in its satire on music, noise and the arts.
Although it takes the disguise of a simple documentary, it
soon becomes clear that this is something out of the ordinary.
In Noise Matters we get to follow the fictional noise making
band Shame on You. The band consists of Stan, the traumatised
abstract painter; Philip; the sound engineer genius; Ryan, the
political activist with an anger management issue and the
professional noise maker and self proclaimed band leader
Dagobert. The band is managed by their inappropriate and
somewhat delusional manager, Captain Monroe, who wants the
band to record an album in order to reach the bigger market.
This becomes a question of artistic integrity which splits the
band in two camps and threatens to ruin it all.
Matias Masucci’s feature length debut is without a doubt in a
class of its own and it’s sure to divide audiences. It’s splendidly
bonkers and leaves you wanting just a little bit more. MG
Country USA Runtime 123 mins Original Format MiniDV (SD) Director/
Writer/Producer Matias Masucci DoP Sebastien Hameline Cast Matias Masucci,
Ugo Bianchi, Bret Roberts, Brian McGuire
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 159
OK, GOOD
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 5.30PM + SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 12.45PM
This, the début feature film by childhood friends Daniel Martinico
and Hugo Armstrong, is a disturbing and compelling depiction
of a struggling actor driven to despair. Our hero (played
by co-director Armstrong, who has drawn inspiration from
experience) is a dedicated but down on his luck actor driven
to depression by his demoralising auditions. Encouraged by a
motivational advice CD to act boldly, and to demand to be heard,
Paul attempts to be more assertive in the face of disrespect but
can’t quite embrace the necessary belligerent attitude. On the
verge of a break-down, he begins to vent his anger the only way
he knows how.
Martinico and Armstrong use Paul’s humdrum routines – his
confinement in his tiny flat, low-profile advert auditions and the
high-energy drama workshops he attends – to take us deep
into his psyche. Each insight into his life brings with it a different
kind of intensity and the close-range documentary-style filming
adds a raw quality to the film. Paul’s slow-paced character arc
is developed over heart-rending auditions and the painful-towatch, awkwardly disturbing cult-like workshops. A strangely
compelling drama with dark comedic undertones, OK, Good
offers a bold insight into loneliness and desperation. MG
Country USA Runtime 79’ Original Format DVCProHD Director/DoP Daniel
Martinico Writers/Producers Hugo Armstrong, Daniel Martinico Cast Hugo
Armstrong, Cody Henderson, Jacqueline Wright
160 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THE SLIDE: SERIES 1-4
Country USA Runtime 6 mins Dir/
Writer/Producer/DoP Jarl Olsen
When a filmmaker runs out of money
to keep making short films, he turns
to a box of 35mm slides and tries to
assemble stories from random pictures
of garbage, cars and buildings.
PERCIVAL’S BIG NIGHT
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 4PM
If finishing uni and going nowhere fast sounds familiar, fear
not: Percival and Salvatore are screwing up worse than you
ever could. Sat in their flat, talking about girls and arguing over
whose dick is bigger, their evening looks set to follow its usual
route of smoking and bickering – until Percy announces a
grander plan.
Shaken up by the death of a delivery boy, Percy decides it’s
time to snare the only woman who can give his life meaning:
Chloe, the best and most beautiful client of Sal’s domestic drugdealing business. After apparently falling head over heels during
a five-minute conversation in their kitchen, Percy is adamant
she’s the one for him. But how will he get the girl? Will she even
turn up like she said she would? And, most importantly, will she
mind about his purportedly tiny penis?
As the two friends wait for this girl-shaped Godot to arrive, we
see the bromance from all its angles and the actors, script and
direction (the film is shot in a seemingly unbroken single take)
really start to shine. Ever wondered what happened when the
Superbad boys grew up? Well, this is the closest we’re going to
get to finding out. Laugh out loud funny, excellently observed
and genuinely insightful. AS
NO BALL GAMES
Country UK Runtime 7 mins Format
2K Director/Writer Richard Pengelley
Producer Georgina Cowley DoP
Daniel Holland Cast Adam Thomas
Wright
A mischievous boy plays football against
a forbidden wall. When the ball goes
over, he’s lured into a mysterious garden
with a hidden secret.
Country USA Runtime 87 mins Director William C Sullivan Writer Jarret Kerr
Producer Caitlyn Coady DoP Brandon Roots Cast Tommy Nelms, Jarret Kerr,
Sarah Wharton
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 161
PURSUIT OF LONELINESS
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER AT 1.15PM
If recent events have shown that even taxes can be surmounted,
it has only served to underline the fact that there is now only
one thing that none of us can avoid: death. Elegantly shot in
stark monochrome, this second feature from 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.
When an elderly woman with no discernible next of kin dies
in a hospital bed, she sparks an endless trail of procedures and
paperwork that lay bare the tiny tragedies of modern life (and
death). An elegy to the slow decay of human existence and
the inevitable, encroaching loneliness of old age, Thrush’s film
is never morbid or morose, but serves as a wistful paean to a
disconnected world that thinks little of a woman living in postconsumerist squalor and even less of her once she’s gone.
Content to reject traditional narrative modes, this slice of
indie experimenta shuffles along at a deliberate pace, ably
assisted by the sparing use of William Basinski’s moody score
and wonderfully honest performances from a cast of nonprofessionals. SM
Country USA Runtime 95 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Laurence
Thrush Producer Ken Hanada DoP Gary Young Cast Joy Hille, Sandra Escalante,
Sharon Munfus
162 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WILLOW
Country Ireland Runtime 1 min
Original Format HDSLR Director/
Writer/Producer/DoP Brian
Benjamin Dwyer Cast James Barbour
An Irish folk song tells of a young man’s
journey to a place and a decision that
nobody ever wants to face.
SHIVER
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 8.30PM
If you’ve seen Wolf Creek then you already know how terrifyingly
good Australian actor John Jarratt is at playing a psychopathic
killer. Now times that by ten. His portrayal of Francis Rood, a
weird loner laughed at by women, is one of the most disturbing
you are ever likely to see. Rood handles his anger at rejection
by creating a police taunting alter ego, The Gryphon, and
embarking on a spree of horrific murders, seemingly at random,
all young women, home alone. However, one manages to
escape, for which she earns his respect – and his love. Danielle
Harris turns in a powerful performance as Wendy, the girl who
has to toughen up quick if she wants to stay alive.
The tension and gore factor are ramped up right from the
word go, and the murders are brutal, relentless and unflinching,
never sparing the audience. In Rood, we have a killer as clever
and complex as Hannibal Lector and as unstoppable as Michael
Myers. His moments of lucidity, the seemingly normal façade,
and his warped attempts at engaging Wendy in conversation
are chilling as they remind us that such people can and do live
among us. The reveal of the full extent of his terrible depravity is
an ingenious and truly macabre masterpiece of theatrical grand
guignol. JL
Country USA Runtime 91 mins Original Format HD Director Julian Richards
Writer/Producer Robert Weinbach DoP Zoran Popovic Cast Danielle Harris,
John Jarratt, Casper Van Dien
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 163
WILD IN THE STREETS
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 1.30PM
The quiet village of Ashbourne in Derbyshire is the location for
what is likely to be the oldest sporting fixture in the world, the
annual Royal Shrovetide Football game. But this is unlike any
other football game you will have ever seen. With upwards of
3000 players, goals spaced 3 miles apart, play time of up to 16
hours spread over 2 days and very little in the way of rules it
is a practice that shares more with the Running of the Bulls in
Pamplona than the FA Cup Final.
The film examines the history of the mass football game and
how the practice has been virtualy eliminated from Britain. It
examines the community that keeps the tradition alive and the
passion of the players involved in the run up to the game.
The acid test for any sports documentary is ‘Is this a film that
people not interested in the sport portrayed will enjoy? It’s a tall
order and the films that do achieve that standard are films that
tell compelling human stories such as Senna, and Hoop Dreams.
This reviewer is one of the rarest of breeds, a guy with no
interest in football at all, and yet Wild in the Streets is an utterly
compelling watch from beginning to end. Engaging enough to
make even the most ambivalent towards the so called beautiful
game covet their own Shrovetide ball. MM
Country USA Runtime 84 mins Director Peter Baxter Writers Peter Baxter, Jay
Nelson Producers Peter Baxter, James Zalcman DoP Lance Acord
164 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WITHOUT A NET
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM
‘When I was little, people looked at me and said; that kid is
headed for one of two places: prison or the grave’ states
Brazilian Djeferson who has never attended school because of
his duty of care to his thirty siblings. Then a big-top circus tent
appeared in one of the car parks that Djeferson frequented to
wash cars and he was offered a unique opportunity to make
something of his life. He chose to train as a trapeze artist.
Others, such as streetwise Barbara opted to train as an acrobat,
whereas Rayana developed a passion for contortion.
Director Kelly J Richardson is a performance artist who met
those featured in the film while training at a circus running a
social project targeting ‘at-risk’ youth from the slums. Their
futures are depressingly mapped out in an area where education
is limited, poverty is everywhere, and crime is normality. The
circus tent represents escapism from a bleak reality and an
alternative to becoming predictably involved in the drugs trade.
Without A Net is a heartwarming insight into the lives of four
courageous individuals and it is a privilege to hear their stories.
We learn that 5,000 people came to see the show, but the future
still remains unclear for these four. We are left with hope that
they will be rewarded for their defiant ambition. KB
Country USA/Brazil Runtime 60 mins Director/Writer/DoP Kelly J Richardson
Producers Kelly J Richardson, John Antonelli Cast Djeferson Mendes da Silva,
Bárbara Moura, Rayana Dias da Motta, Platini Queiroz
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 165
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CENTER OF GRAVITY
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM + SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 1.30PM
This moody, slow-burn of a film is a powerful reminder of
the spectrum functioning relationships can exist on. Set in
a stylish apartment somewhere in Brazil, the principal cast
comprises Julio Machado as Renato and Ana Carolina Lima as
his girlfriend Renata. Renato’s parents are ill, dying perhaps,
together in a bed on the other side of town. Returning to the
apartment he finds a pinwheel, incongruous amongst their
modern furnishings. When Renata returns she seems a little out
of sorts, flustered almost. We, as Renato clearly does, begin to
suspect that something might be wrong.
Based on a short story the running time of this film is
not going to stretch anyone’s patience – but that doesn’t
stop the director from cranking up the tension as the movie
unfolds. Contained, collapsed almost, to the world of just this
relationship, we follow the power struggles, history and attempts
to create a future that Renato and Renata negotiate. The work
from these actors is, unsurprisingly, fantastic; more is said in
a look than many can get across in a monologue. A powerful
score and sound design complement the mood the director and
cinematographer bring with their bold, intimate camerawork. A
study more than a film, this is a fine piece of work from a team
who’s grasp of character and relationships is second to none. JB
Country Brazil Runtime 70 mins Original Format HDV Director/Writer/
Producer Steven Richter DoP Andre Schutz Cast Ana Carolina Lima,
Julio Machado
168 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
LOVERS
Country USA Runtime 6 mins
Director/Producer/DoP Alan Algee
Writer Lezlie Williams Cast Lezlie
Williams, Jamilia Lerato
A poetic and cinematic account of
a short lived, yet passionate, affair
between two female lovers.
CORRODE
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 8PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 3PM
When young newly wed Chhai discovers a sculpture of the
Hindu Goddess of fertility in a mysterious Bombay workshop
she is immediately entranced by it and sets her heart on having
it for herself. But with her husband Arvind struggling to make
ends meet with a miserly and corrupt boss, she is faced with the
reality that she cannot have the thing that she covets most. Her
desire for the sculpture soon turns to obsession as we discover
its tragic personal significance and she is driven to ever more
desperate measures to raise the money.
A transcendent score and the frequent use of disarming,
disembodied POVs suggest that Chhai is truly being watched
over by a benevolent spirit. But what starts off as an uplifting
tale of growth and spirituality soon descends into a surreal
nightmare as Chhai’s fracturing psyche bleeds into reality.
This a powerful and striking piece of work, depicting the
poverty ravaged streets of Bombay in stark black and white
and making good use of symbolism to illustrate how Chhai and
Arvind are restricted by circumstance and unable to flourish,
reinforced by the recurring motif of fertility or, in Chhai’s case,
the lack thereof. Corrode is a bold and visually poetic film which
diverts expectation at every turn. SE
Country India Runtime 92 mins Original Format HD Director/Writer Karan
Gour Producer Karan Gour, Shaan Vyas DoP Abhinay Khoparzi Cast Rasika
Dugal, Alekh Sangal, Nitika Anand
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 169
DESPITE THE GODS
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 6.30PM + FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 3PM
On the production whiteboard behind film director Jennifer
Lynch’s desk is a column marked ‘groceries.’ On it are listed the
following: coffee-maker, ice-cream maker, script-supervisor.
Jennifer is in Chennai to make her third feature film film, based
on Indian myth it is the story of ‘a woman who turns into a snake
who turns into a woman again.’ As this documentary of that film
progresses we follow the similar metamorphosis of its director.
If shooting in brutal climactic conditions (one extra passes
out under the heat of her make-up) in a foreign industry culture
(Lynch nearly kisses her AD when she finally receives callsheets) with a producer who thinks he can do the job better
than you (and doesn’t hesitate to tell you), and having your 12
year-old daughter in tow doesn’t sound tough, then try doing it
with the thought that your first film won a Raspberry hanging
over your head. Life is not easy for Jennifer Lynch, and having a
famous father doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.
Despite the Gods could be called a behind-the-scenes film,
but it is more than that. It is a deeply intimate look into the life of
a woman struggling to balance career and family, working a job
that is punishing at the best of times in difficult conditions and
always, always making the best of it. JB
Country Australia Runtime 85 mins Original Format DVC pro HD Director/
Writer/DoP Penny Vozniak Producer Karina Astrup
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From Tuesday to Tuesday documents a week in the life of Juan
Benitez, a body-builder and factory worker who moon-lights as
a bouncer and harbours dreams of opening his own gym. But on
his meagre paycheque he can barely support his wife and young
daughter, let alone raise the cash necessary to start a business.
For a while we follow Juan in his day-to-day life, the film
boasting a striking level of realism, shot in a handheld verite
style reminiscent of Darren Aronofsky. When Juan witnesses
a horrific crime his mundane routine is disrupted and what
started out as a low-key drama diverts into thriller territory as
he hatches a scheme to solve his financial woes, seemingly
throwing all ethical concerns to the wind.
This is a slick and sophisticated film which starts off slow but
delivers a taught and suspenseful narrative. Expertly paced, the
shifts in tone are handled well, bolstered by solid performances
across the board. Particularly powerful is the portrayal of
Juan himself, intense and physically imposing but stoic and
quite throughout. This air of mystery plays into the interesting
narrative choice to keep the audience one step behind the
protagonist right up to a tense finale and perfectly pitched,
wholly satisfying dénouement. SE
REINALDO ARENAS
Country USA Runtime 3 mins
Format HD Dir/Writer Lucas Leyva
Producers Jillian Mayer, Jonathan
David Kane DoP Daniel Fernandez
Cast Alberto Ibarguen, Epifanio Leyva
Told from the point of view of a dying
shark, Reinaldo Arenas metaphorically
captures the current state of the ageing
Cuban-American exile community, many
of whom have still not come to terms
with the Communist Revolution that
changed their lives forever.
Country Argentina Runtime 90 mins Original Format Digital 2k Director/
Writer Gustavo Fernandez Trivino Producer Gabriel Pastore DoP Julian
Apezteguia Cast Alejandro Awada, Pablo Pinto, Malena Sanchez
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SALT
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM
Ever wondered what a Charlie Kaufman Western would look
like? Sergio is a struggling screenwriter who’s crazy about
Westerns but his magnum opus, a tale of revenge set in the
Chilean desert, just isn’t cutting it. Dejected, he decides to fly
out to the story’s setting, ‘the driest desert on the planet,’ hoping
to find inspiration for a new draft.
But things get weird as soon as he arrives: the village of
strangers greet him warmly, calling him ‘Diego.’ What starts off
as an innocent case of mistaken identity soon gets much darker
when Sergio is kidnapped and beaten. Left on a remote ranch
with a mysterious old man he learns that psychotic bandit Victor
has a score to settle with his new alter ego. Despite denying any
knowledge of ‘Diego,’ he finds himself trapped in a deadly game
with the lines between fiction and reality beginning to blur.
Packed with set-pieces and tense stand-offs, elegantly
framed shots and a great original score play into the Spaghetti
Western archetype. But far more than just a pastiche, Sal is a
great modern-day Western in it’s own right, and it’s a hell of a
ride as Sergio reluctantly becomes a formidable gunslinger and
the hero of his own screenplay. SE
Country Chile Runtime 116 mins Original Format 35mm Director/Writer/
Producer Diego Rougier DoP David Bravo Cast Fele Martínez, Gonzalo
Valenzuela, Patricio Contreras
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ANIMATED DISPLAY [SHORTS 6]
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 5.30PM
THE STORY OF ANIMATION
Country USA Runtime 4 mins Director/Writer David Tart
Producer Claus Toksvig
An educational film about the process of animation, aimed
primarily at potential animation clients.
12 DRAWINGS A DAY
Country Denmark Runtime 4 mins Director/Writer Denis
Chapon Producer The Animation Workshop
For 3 years Denis Chapon has been making 12 drawings of
animation every day – altogether, each translates to one
second of film.
TEN POUNDS OF SHIT IN A FIVE POUND BAG
Country Denmark/USA Runtime 1 mins Original Format
DSLR Director/Writer/Producer/DoP Michael Panduro
A slightly surreal, hand drawn animated music video for
American punk act Retox, describing the distortion and
downfall of an iconic figure.
PERIAPSIS
Country USA Runtime 3 mins Original Format HD
Director/Producer Timothy David Orme Writer Timothy
David Orme, Haley Larson
A collaborative hand-painted film that examines loss via
separation.
174
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BITE OF THE TAIL
Country USA/South Korea Runtime 9 mins Director/
Writer/Producer Song E Kim Cast Gudrun Cram-Drach,
Benny Zelkowicz, Rob Wolpert
A woman is suffering from stomach pain and she firmly
believes that she can find a cure from the doctor. However,
when the doctor has no idea, the husband goes in search
of a snake.
LINES IN THE SAND
Country UK Runtime 5 mins Original Format HDCam SR
Directors Corrina Eastwood, Gavin Round Writer Corrina
Eastwood Producer/DoP Gavin Round Cast Stuart London,
Jerome Beresford, Ian McPherson
A poignant short animation that explores cycles of abuse and
the ambiguity of understanding and judgement when faced
with the complexities of the human condition.
BLANK WALLS
Country Italy Runtime 8 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/DoP Davide Tromba Producers Davide
Tromba, Valentina Canclini
The story of a wall during the last century in Italy:
supporting different ideologies it is the mirror of society,
until TV takes over.
SEVEN MINUTES IN THE WARSAW GHETTO
Country Denmark Runtime 8 mins Original Format HD
Director/DoP Johan Oettinger Writer Richard Raskin
Producer Ellen Riis
The Warsaw Ghetto, 1942. Samek, an eight year old boy,
peeks through a hole in the ghetto wall and sees a carrot lying
just on the other side. He tries to pull the carrot through the
hole with a piece of wire, unaware that two SS men are posted
nearby and are following his every move.
LIONFISH DELUSION
Country Puerto Rico/USA Runtime 4 mins Director/
Writer/Producer/DoP Quique Rivera Rivera
Inspired by the Lionfish plague, this underwater neo-noir tells
a story about greed and hierarchy in the Caribbean reefs.
HEAD OVER HEELS
Country UK Runtime 10 mins Original Format HD Digital
Director/Writer Timothy Reckart Producer Fodhla Cronin
O’Reilly DoP Chloë Thomson Cast Nigel Anthony, Rayyah
McCaul
A husband and wife have grown apart over the years. He lives
on the floor, she lives on the ceiling, and their marriage hangs
in the balance.
FLORETTE
Country UK Runtime 4 mins Format Raw Directors Gus
Filgate, Paul Miller Writer Paul Miller Producers Sophie
Cowling, Bryony Harrison DoP Gus Filgate
A dark and magical stop animation film based in the midnight
hour when things, including vegetables, come to life.
CADAVER
Country USA Runtime 7 mins Original Format HDCam
Director/Writer Jonah D Ansell Producers Amanda
Dunham Ely, Mike Raspatello, Tim Hahn Cast Kathy Bates,
Christopher Lloyd, Tavi Gevinson
A cadaver wakes up to say a last goodbye to his wife but
discovers a truth in death he didn’t know in life.
HUM
Country UK Runtime 5 mins Original Format HDCam
Director/Writer Emily Howells, Anne Wilkins Producers
Isabelle Croissant, Sara Mullock
It’s another endless, sleepless night. You’re caught in a
cycle and weighed down, until something heavy and strange
approaches. You need to find a way out.
LUDIC CHASE
Country USA Runtime 7 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer Jason & Aya Brown
Gunnar toys with danger as he makes his way home from
work and encounters a spirit, Oyami.
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BOLERO
Country USA Runtime 15 mins Original Format Red Epic
Director/Writer Dennis Brucks Producer Tessa Bell DoP
Chase Bowman Cast Christian Traeumer, Eva Marie Ford,
Philip Marlatt
A powerful tale of vengeance that hits a raw nerve and
demands attention to the finest detail. A story about the
triumph over evil at the cost of innocence. All set to a sublime
recording of Ravel’s Bolero.
THE FOREIGNER
Country Greece/USA Runtime 17 mins Original Format
Red 4k Director/Writer Alethea C Avramis Producer Babis
Tsouta DoP Stelios Pissas Cast Manolis Sormainis, Philip
Bretherton, Gerasimos Pavlou
A remote Greek village must raise its population in order
to avoid being cut off from the local government. When a
foreigner, Eric, stumbles into town, the village mayor rallies the
hostile townspeople to convince Eric to stay.
INTERVIEW DATE
Country USA Runtime 12 mins Original Format HD
video Director Mike Lemcke Writers Mike Lemcke, Grant
Lyon Producer Grant Lyon DoP Rainer Lipski Cast Miaken
Kristola, Jordan Boughrum, Liam Toner
A blind date gets mixed up with a job interview, leaving
everyone at the right place at the right time with the wrong
person.
176 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
BUZKASHI BOYS
Country Afghanistan Runtime 28 mins Original Format
HDCam Director Sam French Writers Sam French, Martin
Roe Producer Ariel Nasr DoP Duraid Munajim Cast Fawad
Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz, Wali Talash
Filmed on location in Afghanistan, a stirring coming of age
drama that offers an intimate look at another side of this wartorn country.
THE OLD WOMAN
Country Germany Runtime 30 mins Original Format
Red 4k raw Director Ariane Mayer Writer Axel Röthemeyer
Producers Tim Ottenstein, Ariane Mayer DoP Tim
Ottenstein Cast Mirkus Hahn, Hendrik Arnst, Helga Boettiger
In a place where the mere publication of a poem may lead to
death, the writer Daniil plans to write a subversive novel.
THE END
Country France Runtime 18 mins Original Format 35mm
Director Didier Barcelo Writers Didier Barcelo, Benjamin
Parent Producer David Frenkel DoP André Chemetoff Cast
Charlotte Rampling, Gérard Darmon, Géraldine Nakache
Charlotte Rampling is devastated. She just caught a rerun of
‘He Died with His Eyes Open’ on TV, and realized that she has
been erased and replaced by another actress, Liz Gareth, who
the media are calling ‘the new Charlotte Rampling.’
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FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 1PM + SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 3.30PM
THE MAPMAKER
Country UK Runtime 18 mins Original Format 35mm
Director Stephen Johnson Writer Scott James Bassett
Producers Scott James Bassett, Stephen Johnson, Nic
Roeg, Sarah Radclyffe DoP Sue Gibson Cast Charles Dance,
Jenny Agutter, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Returning with his wife Isabel to the coastline where they
once spent a blissful summer, Rowan must make a sacrifice
to preserve their unity forever.
A THOUSAND EMPTY GLASSES
Country UK Runtime 15 mins Director Andrew Nolan
Writer Mark Finbow Producers Tristan Shepherd, Michael
Stevenson DoP Eben Bolter Cast Tristan Shepherd, Michael
Steveson, James Wallwork
One Night. One Decision. One Life. A drunken evening
exposing long held secret lives forces a young man into a life
altering decision.
SISTER
Country UK Runtime 17 mins Original Format HDV
Director/Writer/Producer Clara Kraft Isono DoP Christine
Lalla Cast Kosher Praveen, Padma Agmo, Rigzin Jurmet
In the remote upper Himalayan region of Ladakh two sisters
struggle with the onset of separation.
FOR ELSIE
Country UK Runtime 23 mins Dir David Winstone Writer
Vincent Klueger Producer Gemma Priggen DoP Joseph
Kelly Jones Cast Blake Ritson, Eline Pauwels, Olegar Fedoro
A piano teacher has to teach his new, Russian, student ‘Fur
Elise’ in 24 hours or her father will break his hands.
BIRD
Country UK Runtime 13 mins Original Format HD
Director Alasdair Bayne Writers Alasdair Bayne, Rowan
Lear Producer Rowan Lear DoP Andrew O’Connor Cast
Lauren Grace Wilson, Alexander Cowan
Adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything.
THE PUB
Country UK Runtime 8 mins Original Format HDCam
Director/Writer Joseph Pierce Producer Mark Grimmer
DoP Vanessa Whyte Cast Aneta Piotrowska
The murky slipstream of a North London pub. Innovative
use of rotoscoping conjures up a bleak yet truthful vision of
contemporary Britain – people drinking to dull the pain.
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THE CHRONICLES [SHORTS 13]
THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 6.15PM
BATTERSEA
Country UK/Poland Runtime 11 mins Original Format HD
DSLR Director/Writer/Producer Paul Kowalski DoP John
Fitzgerald Cast Maria Oldeen, Paul Kowalski, Rosalie Jorda
A woman, lost in a surreality brought on by grief, meets an
electrician who may offer her a way out of hell and up to light.
ICEBREAKERS
Country France/Sweden Runtime 15 mins Original
Format HD Director/Producer Maximilien Van Aertryck
DoP Vincent Bitaud
A ferry makes its way through the ice floating in the wintery
Baltic Sea. Yet the ice has long since broken inside the ship
thanks to the evening’s entertainment: with their presentation,
the artists breathe a moment of magic into a world which
already seems rather unreal. The film evokes a journey into
the unknown, full of nostalgia and hope.
DYLAN’S ROOM
Country UK Runtime 20 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Layke Anderson Producers Jean-Paul
Berthoin, Maggie Russell DoP Jean-Paul Berthoin Cast
Joanna Scanlan, Ricky Nixon
A lonely mother finds solace in her son’s deserted bedroom,
rummaging through drawers, making discoveries and
confronting the past.
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COME WHAT MAY
Country Belgium/France Runtime 16 mins Original
Format HD Director Mathieu Bergeron, Maxime Feyers
Writer Maxime Feyers Producer François-Xavier Willems,
Sébastien Hussenot DoP Philippe Therasse Cast Nicole
Duret, François Beukelaers
After a call from his wife, Paul is turned upside down.
CHRISTINE
Country Belgium Runtime 10 mins Director/Writer
Isabelle Schapira Producer IAD Mediadiffusion DoP Alicia
Fischmeister Cast Christine Dargenton, Tom Boccara
Christine finds her runaway son Damien panhandling in front
of a supermarket. After a moment with him, Christine realises
that Damien won’t be coming home. She’ll have to make
a choice: the choice to let him leave.
THE GREEN DOGS
Country France Runtime 11 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Mathias & Colas Rifkiss Producers Olivier
Berlemont, Les Films au Long Cours DoP Nicolas Manson
Cast Pascal Demolon, Philippe Duquesne, Anne Benoît
Oswaldo and Babass, two fifty year-old workers keen on
football, are threatened by the relocation of their factory in
Romania. They provoke a match against the young managers
of the company for their professional futures and soon they
resume training with their mythic crew from the ’80s, ‘The
Green Dogs.’ But both men are far from the young champions
they used to be.
CITIZEN EXPEDIENTS [SHORTS 8]
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM
ASAD
Country USA/South Africa Runtime 17 mins Original
Format Red Epic Director/Writer Bryan Buckley
Producers Mino Jarjoura, Bryan Buckley, Rafiq Samsodien
DoP Scott Henriksen Cast Harun Mohammed, Ali
Mohammed, Ibrahim Moallim Hussein
An all Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming of
age fable about a Somali boy struggling to survive in his
war-torn homeland.
ROUBAMA
Country Lebanon/Palestine Runtime 15 mins Original
Format Red Director/Writer Rakan Mayas Producers
Fahda Bandar, Mahmoud Korek DoP Koussay Hamzeh Cast
Karim Kassem, Maysam Bisharat
He is a refugee. Who is she? And will they ever meet?
WRITTEN IN INK
Country Poland Runtime 12 mins Original Format 35mm
Director/Writer Martin Rath Producer Marcin Malatynski
DoP Yori Fabian Cast Janusz Czech
A documentary about hope. The poignant story of a man
trying to regain contact with his sister after 14 years of silence.
But can one change what has already been written in ink?
MAESTRA
Country USA/Cuba Runtime 33 mins Original Format
MiniDV Director/Producer Catherine Murphy Writers
Catherine Murphy, Eve Goldberg DoP Roberto Chile, Ivan
Nápoles Cast Norma Guillard, Adria Santana, Deysi Veitia
Cuba, 1961. Thousands of teenage girls join the national
campaign for literacy and help teach their country to read.
Their lives would never be the same.
LAST REMARKS
Country Pakistan Runtime 17 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Umar Riaz Producers Alexis Gambis,
Shruti Ganguly, Heather Jack DoP Pedro Gomez Millan Cast
Umar Riaz, Burton Crane, Daniel Hicks
In 1947, the British rulers of the Indian subcontinent prepare
to depart the region amidst waves of ethnic violence. On
the evening of the creation of his new country – Pakistan Arastu Jan, a troubled and isolated native servant to a British
master, takes a dose of poison and finds himself with ten
minutes to record the confession of his brief lifetime.
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GONE ASTRAY [SHORTS 5]
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 6.15PM + FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 1PM
FIRST CONTACT
Country Australia Runtime 21 mins Original Format
Red 4.5K raw Director/Writer Matt Richards Producers
Brendan Guerin, Matt Richards DoP Matt Wood Cast Olaf
Savage, Isabel Macmaster, Ian Harry
Living alone in old caravans on the edge of a giant, remote sea
lake, a father and daughter eke out a frugal existence in selfimposed exile. Their calm yet monotonous world is shattered
when one day they discover the body of a mysterious man.
On the verge of death, the stranger’s arrival throws them into
conflict, stirring up fears and forcing them to confront the very
things they’ve been hiding from.
NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR
Country UK Runtime 20 mins Original Format 35mm
Director/Writer Mason Cardiff Producers Edwina Forkin,
Julie Willaims DoP Jack Conroy Cast Owen Roe, Jane
McGrath, Rob Soohan
Sean is a 23-year-old Irish-American. Running away from
a broken heart, he decides to go back to his roots and
drive around Ireland. He soon finds himself in the middle of
nowhere, when he picks up a beautiful young Irish woman;
Sarah. Shortly into the journey, Sarah will confess something
that is going to transfer him into a world of trouble.
FRIDAY
Country UK Runtime 17 mins Original Format 35mm
Director Seb Edwards Writer Anna Symon Producer
Dominic Thomas DoP Mattias Montero Cast Reece Noi,
Cathy Tyson, Richard Driscoll
The story of a teenager struggling to come to terms with
the death of his mother on the one-year anniversary of the
tragic event.
UNMANNED
Country USA Runtime 21 mins Original Format HDCam
SR Director/Writer Casey Cooper Johnson Producer
Casey Fenton DoP Sevdije Kastrati Cast Jonah Wharton,
Danielle Doyen, Austin James Rodriguez
Rick Clayfield is a young Air Force drone pilot, operating
airstrikes in Afghanistan remotely from a base in America
and returning each day to his wife and toddler son. Trained
on video games and far from harm’s way, Rick treats killing
insurgents on his screen like getting a high score, until his
team makes a lethal mistake. Now, with growing stress at
war and pressures at home, will he be able to continue as
a ‘cubicle warrior’ and remain detached from the human
cost of remote control warfare?
COMMERCE
Country USA Runtime 18 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Lisa Robertson Producers Lisa Robertson,
Denise Pleune, Erica McIntosh, Linda Montanti DoP Michael
Negrin Cast Joel Gretsch, Annabeth Gish, Noel Fisher
In the grip of a spiralling compulsion, business and family man
Ken encounters a young gambler, who could save or destroy
him in the City of Commerce.
180 20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THE GRAFTERS [SHORTS 12]
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 8.15PM
UNRAVEL
Country India/UK Runtime 17 mins Original Format
HD Director Meghna Gupta Producer Gigi Berardi DoP
Susanne Willett
Reshma works in a textile-recycling factory in small town
India. She and other workers imagine the West through the
cast-off clothes they handle.
THE BRONZER
Country USA Runtime 11 mins Original Format HD
Director Peyton Wilson Producers Peyton Wilson, Ralph
Laucella, David Shane, Marc Grill DoP Tami Reiker, Dave
Giles Cast Stu Larkin
The self-proclaimed last traveling salesman in America, Stu
Larkin is anything but your average salesman.
HERRIOTT GRACE
Country Canada Runtime 27 mins Original Format HD
Director John Cullen Producers John Cullen, Paul Proulx
DoP Vinit Borrison, John Cullen Cast High Hopes
What happens when you have the chance to turn your passion
into your second career? We follow Nikole Herriott as she
visits her father Lance on his first day of retirement. He has
said goodbye to his ship welder past to focus his considerable
talents on his lifelong passion: wood.
GOOD KARMA $1
Country USA Runtime 15 mins Director Jason Berger, Amy
Laslett Producer Kids at Play DoP Paul de Lumen Cast
Alex Bogusky, Dave Schiff
A short documentary that explores acclaimed ad-guru Alex
Bogusky’s fascination with collecting homeless signs. What
starts out as a project to understand the world’s simplest form
of communication turns into a lesson of generosity.
YADORIGI: A VILLAGE IN PORTRAITS
Country Japan Runtime 29 mins Original Format HDCam
Director/Producer/DoP Eiji Iwakawa Cast Noriho Tanaka,
Jin Sato, Ikuo Mitsuhashi
Interwoven portraits of three bohemian characters in a small
Japanese village: a junk collector, an organic farmer, and a
circus trainer. A meditation on the important things in life.
REINA
Country Mexico Runtime 18 mins Original Format HDTVDV Director/Writer Mélanie Leblond Producer Maria
Carrion DoP Tim Knight Cast Reina Romano Vasquez
Portrait of a Mexican maid: after 40 years living with her
glamorous employer, Gloria Mestre, Reina is thinking of
retiring but can’t seem to bring herself to leave quite yet.
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181
NOVA EXPRESS [SHORTS 7]
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM
INTRUSION
Country Germany Runtime 11 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer/DoP Natalie Plaskura Cast
Katarina Stricevic, Natalie Kreuter, André Ebert
An entirely surreal work of abstraction, revolving minuets
veering into the realm of landscapes evocative of Angus
McBean’s portraits.
DOKTOR FANG
Country Canada Runtime 18 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer Owen Coughlan DoP Jacques
Bernier Cast Brent Skagford, Matt Holland, Gillian Ferrabee
Expressionist abstraction full of the psychoanalytical.
I AM THE ARCHITECT
Country UK Runtime 14 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Henry Coombes Producer Ciara Barry
DoP David Liddell Cast Angus MacInnes, Marcella McIntosh,
Johnny Shaw
Clive becomes a victim of his own tyrannical plan to create
a modernist utopia where individual expression is repressed
in order to adhere to his rules.
MY BIG-ASSED MOTHER
Country USA Runtime 12 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer Tekla Taidelli DoP Frederic
Fasano Cast Abel Ferrara, Ilene Kristen, Theodore Bouloukos
For the first time as an actor on the big screen Abel Ferrara
plays the famous writer Charles Bukowski telling his
unmistakable stories to a packed bar.
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THE METAMORPHOSIS
Country South Korea Runtime 14 mins Format 16mm
Director/Writer Ki-nam Yun Producer Seok-ho Yun DoP
Ui-kwan Kim Cast Ju-hyun Kim, So-hee Kim, Hyeon-woo Son
The family staying by Agnes’ deathbed give cold treatment to
Simon, who returns to the family after16 years.
LIFE & FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE
Country USA Runtime 12 mins Original Format HD
Directors Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva Writer Lucas Leyva
Producers Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva, Nick Orsini, Evan
Rosenfeld DoP Jonathan David Kane Cast Luther Campbell,
Elizabeth Sky, Jennifer Lopez
A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 Chris Marker short
film La Jetée, the film recounts Luke’s (Uncle Luke, from
2 Live Crew) rise to fame as he changes the face of hip-hop
and fights for first amendment rights and later as he ushers
Miami into a golden era of peace and prosperity as Mayor.
PRELUDE
Country USA Runtime 7 mins Original Format Super 8
Director Roger Deutsch
Roger Deutsch adapts text extracted from TS Eliot’s Preludes
with a musical soundtrack by Charles Ives amongst other
notable composers. Another fine piece of film essayist style
from the Raindance veteran cineaste.
OCTANE CITY [SHORTS 4]
TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM + THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 1PM
NO REST FOR THE WICKED
Country USA Runtime 16 mins Director/Writer Ryan
Schifrin Producers Theresa Eastman Schifrin, Ryan Schifrin
Cast Malcolm McDowell, Ray Park, Zachary Levi
Spawning from the hit comic, The Devil’s Handshake, this
short horror-adventure romp features Basil, a street tough
brawler and Moebius, a dashing cat burglar playboy.
THE BALLAD OF DANKO JONES
Country USA Runtime 20 mins Original Format Red One
Directors The Diamond Bros Writers Jason Diamond, Josh
Diamond, Chris Holmes, Greg Gilpatrick Producers Jim
Muscarella, Josh Diamond, Jason Diamond, Joe DeVito DoP
Brandon Trost, Amanda Treyz
The suspenseful tale of Danko Jones who is trying to save
the world from an evil scientist whilst escaping the multiple hit
men out to get him. Cameo role by Lemmy the connoisseur.
CUT TO FIT
Country Italy Runtime 17 mins Original Format Red 4k
Director/Writer Giovanni La Pàrola Producers Davide
Giglio, Giovanni La Pàrola DoP Marco Bassano Cast Filippo
Pucillo, Giovanni Calcagno, Francesco Foti
The bloody revenge of a young tailor during the peasant revolt
of Bronte, Sicily
63 COMET
Country USA Runtime 17 mins Original Format Digital
Director/Writer Jason McKee Producers Mary Russell,
Sean Eagon DoP Tomás Guzmán Cast Damon Abdallah, Dan
Anderson, Tom Olson
Three individuals discuss life, philosophy, and television
programmes while they drive along a desert highway.
Featuring a sublime soundtrack by Burl Ives and some nifty
drumming by Buddy Rich.
MATRIARCHE
Country France Runtime 9 mins Original Format Video
Director Guillaume Pierret Writers Guillaume Pierret, Yvan
Georges-Dit-Souril Producers Nabil Khouri, Cyril Schulmann,
Rémi Leautier DoP Cyril Bron Cast Adrien Bienvenu, Fabrice
Delorme, Catherine Badet-Corniou
In a prison visitor’s room a mother confronts her son over his
part in an epic failed hold-up.
THE LAST ANARCHIST
Country USA Runtime 18 mins Original Format DVD
Director/Writer/Producer Collin Jay Blair DoP Laurence
Stajic Cast Tyler Rice, Matt Chrans, Jennifer Jules Hart
A short film about Donny, an eccentric anarchist and his
unique way of grieving a family tragedy. Reminiscent of
Hopper in The Last Movie.
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SCULPTURED IN TIME [SHORTS 2]
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 5.30PM + TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 1PM
WONDER
Country UK Runtime 26 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writers Johnny Daukes Producer Julie Clark
DoP Oliver Loncraine Cast Henry Goodman, Diana
Hardcastle, Susannah Wise
An intimate exploration of loss and reconciliation. One
evening, four couples and a decision that draws them
together, whilst potentially tearing them apart.
MERCY
Country Poland Runtime 17 mins Original Format 16mm
Director/Writer Eliza Subotowicz Producers Munk Studio,
Polish Filmmakers Association, Tofi Productions DoP Monika
Lenczewska Cast Maria Czykwin, Łukasz Simlat, Emilia
Mikołajczyk
Weronika arrives in a small town with her two-year-old
daughter. The plan she intends to carry out requires a meeting
with someone she has not seen for a long time, Tomasz, the
local parish priest. Their meeting after so many years takes
an unexpected turn.
ANONYMOUS
Country UK Runtime 11 mins Original Format HD
Director Matthew Murdoc Writers Langebek, Matthew
Murdoch Producer Mark Peters DoP Kate Reid Cast
Amanda Drew, Henry Garrett
A relationship that shouldn’t mean anything, but in the end
of course, it does.
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WHITE SQUARE
Country Estonia Runtime 17 mins Director/Writer Ivan
Pavljutskov Producer Martin Ruus DoP Max Golomidov
Cast Ivan Turapin, Anton Melnichuk
Zakhar is desperately trying to play hide and seek with the
other countryside boys. The situation changes, however, when
Zakhar meets the mysterious Sasha.
FANGST
Country Denmark Runtime 17 mins Director Malte
Burup Writer Adrian Dexter, Malte Burup DoP David Rene
Christensen
A nomadic hunter writes poems about his power over nature.
His philosophy is challenged when he discovers a woman
living alone in the woods.
ROMANCE
Country USA Runtime 26 mins Director Andy Mingo
Writers Andy Mingo, Chuck Palahniuk Producer Andy
Mingo, Fuad Omar DoP Justin Alpern Cast Brian Allard,
Amber Arrigotti
Adapted from a story by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk,
Romance rides the edge of the modern love story in a twisted
tale of attraction, fear, and ultimately consumption.
SEMIOTEXT(E) FICTION [SHORTS 3]
MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM + WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 1PM
VOICE OVER
Country Spain Runtime 10 mins Original Format Red
One Director/Writer/DoP José Martín Rosete Producers
Koldo Zuazua, Sebastian Alvarez, Martín Rosete, José Martín
Rosete, Manuel Calvo Cast Jonathan D Mellor, Féodor Atkine
A tale of existential dilemmas as the protagonist finds himself
in life threatening situations.
THE HISTORY OF CHANCE
Country UK Runtime 24 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Max Blustin Producers Max Blustin, Neil
Roberts, Ken Petrie DoP Peter Robertson Cast Neil Roberts,
Robert Beck, Elizabeth Healey
An enigmatic and haunting drama about loss and rebirth.
Following the death of his wife, a man becomes consumed
by depression. In his loneliness he makes a strange discovery
which may have far-reaching consequences.
ADMISSIONS
Country USA Runtime 21 mins Format HD Director
Harry Kakatsakis Writer John Viscount Producers Gavin
J Behrman, John Viscount, Crispian Belfrage DoP Charles
Minsky Cast James Cromwell, Anna Khaja, Oren Dayan
Set in the Admissions Room for the afterlife, this short
features an Israeli couple and a Palestinian. Its purpose is
to start a healing conversation.
DILLI DREAMS
Country Germany Runtime 9 mins Director/Writer/
Producer/DoP Etienne Sievers Cast Mohammed Faizal,
Ram Bihari
An ageing man, working as a mazdoor (laborer) in the
crowded bazaars of Old Delhi, remembers his childhood in the
countryside and the incidents that changed his life.
TABLE FOR ONE
Country USA Runtime 23 mins Original Format Red
Epic Director Jesse Coane Writer Alexis C Jolly Producer
Nick Read DoP Donavan Sell Cast Ryan Pratton, Lena Hart,
Monica Barbaro
Phillip is stuck in the menial corporate whirlpool, working for
a boss who doesn’t have a clue. Arriving home he discovers
his apartment is now doubling as a restaurant and that even
in his own joint, he can’t get a table.
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STREET LIFE [SHORTS 10]
SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM
MADDOGGIN’
Country USA Runtime 23 mins Original Format DSLR
Director/Writer Terence Heuston Producer Eddie Ruiz
DoP Daniel Ainsworth Cast Leonard Davenport, David
Castaneda, Justin Huen
Two boys in East LA are pressured to join the local gang.
The choices they make over a single day will alter their
lives forever.
SKUNK
Country Belgium Runtime 18 mins Original Format Arri
Alexa Directors/Producers Jan & Raf Roosens Writers
Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens DoP Rik Zang Cast Enrique
De Roeck, Marthe Schneider, Sara De Bosschere
When a skunk’s mortally ill mother throws a birthday party for
him, he needs to find friends to invite.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Country France Runtime 26 mins Original Format
HD Director/Writer Morgan Simon Producers Jessica
Rosselet, Marc-Benoît Créancier DoP Steeven Petitteville
Cast Julien Krug, Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Nathan Willcocks
Zack is a cool cat, tattooed right to the top of his neck. As
proof of his commitment to the band that has just recruited
him as lead singer, he must have their logo tattooed on his
body. But his tattooist and mentor refuses to do it on credit
this time. He’s gonna have to find the cash from somewhere.
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HIGH HOPES
Country UK Runtime 13 mins Format 16mm Director
Romano Pizzichini Writers Ashden Oke, Romano Pizzichini
Producers Michelle Hung, Romano Pizzichini DoP Ryan
Harding Cast Joshua T. Campbell, Elijah Baker, Femi Wilhelm
London estates story that isn’t just about a cold world. Kassel
and Andre are teenagers, but might be growing up too soon.
STATE OF SEPARATION
Country USA Runtime 13 mins Director Ryo Rex Writers/
Producers Brandon Gooden, Megan Sousa DoP Tuan Le
Cast Megan Sousa, Junesoo Ham, Olivia Delgado
A woman at her breaking point, suffering a separation before
divorce, goes on a blind date that reveals a secret past.
PAPERSUN
Country Canada Runtime 9 mins Original Format 16mm
Director/Writer/Producer Lena Stolarska DoP Dany
Lurette Cast Mark Masztalerz, Luc Proulx
It’s New Years’s Eve and Marek is not turning back. He’s
leaving for good, a place that for the longest time now has
been nothing but a brokedown hotel run by bleak souls.
THE SURVIVALISTS [SHORTS 11]
SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER AT 5.45PM
KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
Country Yemen Runtime 26 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Sara Ishaq Producers Sara Ishaq, Hot
Spot Films DoP Ameen Al-Ghaberi Cast Khaled Rajjeh, Nasr
Al-Namer, Saleem Al-Harazi
Juma’at El-Karama (Friday of Dignity) marks a turning point in
Yemen’s revolution. The tragic events that took place on this
day – when pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protesters
and injured a thousand more – shook the nation to its core
and propelled hundreds of thousands more to flock to the
square in solidarity with their fellow citizens.
CARBON FOR WATER
Country USA Runtime 22 mins Original Format HD
Directors/Writers/Producers/DoP Evan Abramson,
Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
Life is precious, water shouldn’t be. Carbon For Water
explores what happens when vulnerable women and girls,
dirty water, and climate change collide in Kenya.
DHARAVI DIARY
Country USA Runtime 14 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Nawneet Ranjan Producers Michael
McCarthy, Vidu Chandan, Jay Singh, Nawneet Ranjan DoP
Jay Singh Cast Guddu, Saif, Fatima
Dharavi Diary is the story of a community that thrives by
recycling waste from all over the world and selling it for profit.
The story unfolds through the eyes of a teenager named
Guddu who lost his job at the recycle workshop where he used
to work when it was destroyed by multinational real-estate
companies redeveloping Dharavi.
EMPTYS
Country USA Runtime 10 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer/DoP Josh Leake Cast Tim
Varner, Joseph Jackson, Ernie Franklin
In 1971, the State of Oregon pioneered a bottle return deposit
bill. The bill required individuals purchasing beverages to place
a deposit in escrow until the container was returned. Today,
many people are living off this money. Emptys introduces Tim,
Ernie, Joe and Jenna and follows them as they return bottles
and cans as their principal source of income. Homeless or not,
these are real people struggling to make ends meet. They help
the environment every day, but many look down at them.
BLIND ENCOUNTER
Country UK Runtime 10 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer/Producer Kevin L Andrews DoP Kevin
L Andrews, Shaun Salmon Cast Nikos Leonidas
Fever, darkness, fear and acceptance. A blind man’s journey
that leads to different ways of seeing the world.
WHEN THE SONG DIES
Country UK Runtime 15 mins Format HD Director Jamie
Chambers Producer James Barrett DoP John Craine Cast
Sheila Stewart, Norman Maclean, Margaret Bennett
A poetic documentary that weaves stories, songs and
memories from across Scotland, counterpointing their
testament to the richly evocative landscape of the Machars
in Wigtownshire. Rendered with that Celtic sense of
irretrievable loss, full of optimism and lamentation.
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THE THRILLERS [SHORTS 14]
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER AT 5PM
AUTODRIVE
Country UK Runtime 17 mins Original Format Red
Director/Writer Rory O’Donnell Producer Nicola Petrides
DoP Ronaldas Buozis Cast Alex Warren, Denise Moreno,
Tom Knight
When Steve’s new GPS suddenly asks for help, he follows
her instructions from sunny suburbia into the depths of an
abandoned warehouse to a door.
OUT OF HOURS
Country UK Runtime 20 mins Director Clive Ashenden
Writers Stuart Wright, Clive Ashenden Producers Stuart
Wright, Clive Ashenden, Snakegully Productions DoP Simon
Aitken Cast Maria Thomas, Ben Shockley, Henry Everett
Alice witnesses a murder at work and finds herself being
chased by two gun-toting killers.
12 FUCKING ANGRY MEN
Country Canada Runtime 13 mins Original Format
HDCam Director/Writer Jean-François Leblanc Producers
Jean-François Leblanc, Félix Larivière DoP Renaud DesprésLarose, Félix Larivière Cast Simon Olivier Fecteau, Éric
Kamala Boulianne, Samuel St-Pierre
A tribute to the Sidney Lumet masterpiece, 12 Fucking Angry
Men is a dark comedy about anger, shot with non-pro actors.
BACKLOT
Country Canada Runtime 10 mins Original Format DSLR
Director/Writer David Marriott Producers David Marriott,
Claire Grandy DoP David Ferron Cast Karl Graboshas, Doug
Price, Imogen Haworth
An editor’s nightly routine parallels the larger-than-life stories
of his current documentary film subject.
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EVERY NIGHT I AM FALLING OUT FROM NOWHERE
Country UK Runtime 15 mins Director/Writer Mihalis
Monemvasiotis Prods Dimitra Gyftopoulou, Chloe Trayner
DoP Jessie Brickley Cast Aggy Kuk, J Wilkinson, T Murphy
Amy is invited to a friend’s party and ends up outside a hotel
room door. Inside things start looking out of place .
DARK HIDING
Country UK Runtime 10 mins Director/DoP Tom Bates
Writer/Producer Carl Reason Cast Josh Johnson, Tegan
Westall, Carl Reason
A sci-fi short that explores addiction in a futuristic landscape.
TAKING LIFE
Country UK Runtime 7 mins Director Steve Reeves Writer
Mike Oughton Producer Tim Marshall DoP Alex Melman
Cast Andrea Lowe, Elisa Lowoski
When a woman has a horrible day at the office, she comes
home and takes it out on her housekeeper.
FELIX
Country Germany Runtime 1 min Original Format HD
Director/Writer/DoP Anselm Belser Producer Paul
Ohmert Cast Felix Müller, Daniela Blaschke, Paul Ohmert
Every action has a reaction
SWEETHEART
Country UK Runtime 9 mins Original Format DSLR
Director Victoria Naumova Writer Lisa Gifford Producers
Elisar Cabrera, Victoria Naumova DoP Dankuro Shinma Cast
Peter Halpin, Lisa Gifford, Joey Lowe
Sara is intrigued when her ex-colleague, Matthew, invites her
out for a drink. Is it a date? Or something altogether different?
VEXATIONS IN TRANSIT [SHORTS 1]
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 3.45PM + MONDAY 1 OCTOBER AT 1PM
LOVE STORY
Country USA Runtime 17 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Ása Hjörleifsdóttir Producers Hlín
Jóhannesdóttir, Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Andrew Hauser DoP
Arnar Orisson Cast Katherine Waterston, Walter Geir
Grímsson, Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir
A story of love, madness, and 24-hour daylight. Solange’s
boyfriend Baldur mysteriously takes off for Iceland. She
follows, but an even deeper mystery awaits her.
GHOSTS
Country USA Runtime 13 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Christopher Makoto Yogi Producers
Christopher Makoto Yogi, Kathleen Dahan DoP Eunsoo Cho
Cast Aly Ishikuni, Michael Tanji, Samuel Suzuki
Living out his last days in the north shore of Hawaii, an old
Japanese man is visited by the ghosts of his past.
SUPERHERO
Country USA Runtime 20 mins Original Format HD
Director/Writer Kristin Wright Producers Kristin Wright,
Jeff Shipman DoP Jeff Shipman Cast Alison Hastings,
Brittany Felton, Joe Gabler
The story of Margot, a young woman coping with the death
of her parents by wearing a homemade superhero costume.
A naturally cast, genuinely sweet film about love and death.
YOU KNOW IT’S BAD LUCK
Country France Runtime 20 mins Original Format
HD Director/Writer Hélène Médigue Producers 28
Productions, Hélène Médigue, Samuel Labarthe DoP Gérard
Acourt Cast Vincent Médigue, Hélène Médigue, Béatrice
de Staël
Simon understands everything but something inside
him resists. He is a happy man, incapable of cheating or
concealing and has many talents. Simon is different.
LOGS
Country Latvia Runtime 15 mins Original Format Red
Director Una Rozenbauma Writer Una Rozenbauma
Producer Zane Purina DoP Andrejs Rudzats Cast Anete
Saulite, Girts Liuziniks, Maija Apine
A young man, recovering from the recent nervous breakdown,
arrives at manor house to rest for a while. He meets a young,
bored women who entertains herself by telling self made
legends.
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WARPATH DILEMMAS [SHORTS 9]
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 6.15PM
THE PIANO
Country Armenia/France Runtime 26 mins Format HD
Director/Writer Lévon Minasian Producers Boris Briche,
Jennifer Sabbah, Arthur Yezekyan DoP Stephan Massis Cast
Yervand Manadyan, Appoline Petrossian, Gérald Papasian
Thirteen years after the earthquake in Armenia. A piano is
delivered for a talented orphan pianist but the trailer where
she lives is too small to hold it.
THE LOBSTER CRY
Country Belgium Runtime 30 mins Original Format
HDCam Director/Writer Nicolas Guiot Producers Anthony
Rey, Nicolas Guiot, Fabrice DoP Jean-François Metz Cast
Claire Thoumelou, Anton Kouzemin, Tatiana Gontcharova
Recently arrived in France with her parents from their native
Russia, Natalia, six year old, has been impatiently awaiting her
brother’s return from fighting in Chechnya. D-day has come
and so has disillusion for the little girl. Is this man really the
brother she used to know?
THE CRAFTSMAN
Country UK Runtime 18 mins Format 4kHD Director/
Writer Peter King Producers Rowland Kimber, Richard
Canavan DoP Carl Burke Cast David Persiva, Sam Donnelly
Normandy, 1944. Untrained in combat, Sgt Wally Harris and
his unit of craftsmen have never looked their enemy in the eye,
until now.
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BREAD
Country Germany Runtime 13 mins Original Format S16
Director/Writer/Producer Ahmet Tas DoP Peter Nix Cast
Angela Winkler, Bruno Ganz
Shortly after World War II an older married couple experiences
an unusual night, a night that has yet to reveal how the war
has affected the two of them.
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
Country Poland Runtime 13 mins Original Format 35mm
Director/Writer Laurence Walsh Producer Rafal Buks
DoP Tomasz Augustynek Cast Andreas Christ, Eric Bouwer,
Benjamin Kramme
At the end of WWII, a small group of German soldiers who
have been separated from their Wehrmacht battalion come
across a strange house in the deep woods of Poland.
OLLAPARO
Country Spain Runtime 12 mins Format HD Director/
Writer/Producer/DoP Sonia & Miriam Albert Sobrino
Cast Antonio Mourelos, Julio S Barja, Francisco S Ares
A Galician elder and his mute son attempt to disrupt the
malevolent will of the one-eyed Ollaparo beast through the
invocation of age-old rituals and sacrifices.
FILMMAKER CONTACTS
ABOUT THE PINK SKY
Fumiko Nagata
[email protected]
www.thepinksky.jp
AFTER SCHOOL MIDNIGHTERS
Fumiko Nagata
[email protected]
www.afterschool-midnighters.com
ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
Xan Aranda
[email protected]
www.feveryear.com
ANGEL
Gee Vaucher
[email protected]
www.exitstencilpress.com
THE ASCENT
Ivan Djurovic
[email protected]
www.artikulacija.me
AT NIGHT I FLY
Timo Joh Maye
[email protected]
www.atnightifly.com
BAD HAIR FRIDAY
Tristan Priimagi
[email protected]
BALLROOM DANCER
Anne Marie Kürstein, Katrine Sahlstrøm
kü[email protected]
[email protected]
BANAZ: A LOVE STORY
Fuuse Films
[email protected]
www.fuuse-films.com
BAR25 — DAYS OUT OF TIME
25films and Arden Film
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.bar25-derfilm.de
www.bar25.de
BARBAROUS MEXICO 2010
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
CONSUMING SPIRITS
Chris Sullivan
[email protected]
THE BEAVER TRILOGY
Trent Harris
[email protected]
www.echocave.net
CORRODE
Shaan Vyas
[email protected]
www.kshay-thefilm.com
BE SEEING YOU
ISKRA
[email protected]
www.iskra.fr
CULTURE SHOCK
Anthony Pedone
[email protected]
www.dikenga.com
BLACK BISCUIT
Fabrizio Federico
[email protected]
www.fabriziofederico.moonfruit.com
DARK HEARTS
Kees Van Oostrum
[email protected]
www.darkheartsthemovie.com
BLACK SMOKE RISING
Drew Cullingham
[email protected]
www.blacksmokerising.com
DERAILED SENSE: A FILM ABOUT
VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT
Graham Bendel
[email protected]
BODY COMPLETE
Selver Djezic
[email protected]
www.bodycomplete-film.com
DESPITE THE GODS
Cat & Docs
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.despitethegods.com
BRILLIANT SOIL
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
www.tierrabrillante.org
CAN
Lauren Hawkins
[email protected]
CENTER OF GRAVITY
Steven Richter
[email protected]
www.centrodegravidade.tumblr.com
CINEMA SIX
Kelly Williams
[email protected]
www.cinemasixmovie.com
CITY SLACKER
www.cityslackerthemovie.com
DIE STANDING UP
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
www.diestandingup.com
DON’T DARE TO STOP LOVE
Yoko Oguchi
[email protected]
DONKEYS
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
FAMILIAR GROUND
Josiane Tessier
[email protected]
www.enterrainsconnus.com
FLOWER IN THE SLIME
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
CONFINE
Emily Corcoran
[email protected]
www.confinemovie.com
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THE FOURTH DIMENSION
Emma Yuille
[email protected]
www.grolschfilmworks.com
FRANK
Philip Shotton, Andrea Pejovski
[email protected]
FREE IMPROVISATION
Hedva Goldschmidt
[email protected]
FROM TUESDAY TO TUESDAY
Óscar Alonso
[email protected]
GIVE ME THE BANJO
Marc Fields
[email protected]
www.thebanjoproject.org
GLORIOUS DESERTER
Pimp the Pony Productions
[email protected]
www.drehbuchwerkstatt.eu
GOOD NIGHT MISSY
Slovenian Film Center
[email protected]
www.emotionfilm.si
THE GRIEF TOURIST
Stephen Fromkin
[email protected]
www.visionentertainmentgroup.com
HEAVY GIRLS
Heiko Pinkowski, Anne Baeker
[email protected]
www.dickemaedchen.com
IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH,
THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY
James Cullingham
[email protected]
www.johnfaheyfilm.com
INDEBTED
Mara Jelinko
[email protected]
www.outlinestudios.fi/indebted
IVAN’S DREAM
Óscar Alonso
[email protected]
www.elsuenodeivan.com
JANAPAR
James Newton
[email protected]
www.janapar.com
JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET
Jesse Vile
[email protected]
www.jasonbeckermovie.com
LOVELESS ZORITSA
Radoslav Pavkovic
[email protected]
www.fcs.rs
LUNA MESA
Trent Harris
[email protected]
www.lunamesamovie.com
MISSED CONNECTIONS
Lisa Rudin
[email protected]
www.missedconnectionsmovie.com
MON AMI
Rob Grant
[email protected]
truehypeproductions.com/mon_ami
KILL ME
Thomas Petit
[email protected]
www.filmsdulosange.fr
MY FATHER AND THE MAN
IN BLACK
Jonathan Holiff
[email protected]
www.tiny.cc/Johnny_and_Saul
LAURENTIE
Francis Ouellette
[email protected]
www.metafilms.ca
MY GLOBAL HOME
Laure Tinette
[email protected]
www.globalhome-themovie.com
LIVE EAST DIE YOUNG
Reel Suspects
[email protected]
www.reelsuspects.com
MY UNIVERSE IN LOWER CASE
Iván Gutiérrez Araico
[email protected]
HERE COMES THE DEVIL
MPI Media Group
[email protected]
LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND
Victoria Westcott
[email protected]
www.lockedinagarageband.com
THE HIDDEN HAND
James Carman
[email protected]
www.hiddenhandthemovie.com
THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH
Raoul Martinez
[email protected]
www.creatingfreedom.info
HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE
SCHERMANN SONG
Gary King
[email protected]
www.joeschermannsong.com
LOVE ADDICT: STORIES OF
DREAMS, OBSESSION AND
LONGING
Katrine Acheche Sahlstrøm
[email protected]
www.loveaddictmovie.com
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LOVE TOMORROW
Stephanie Moon
[email protected]
www.lovetomorrowfilm.com
A NIGHT TOO YOUNG
Uta Gildhuis
[email protected]
www.prilismladanoc.cz
NOISE MATTERS
Independent Society
[email protected]
www.noisematters.org
NORMAL: REAL STORIES FROM
THE SEX INDUSTRY
Charlotte Worthington
[email protected]
NYMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
Myriam Blundell
[email protected]
www.michaelnyman.com
A ROAD STAINED CRIMSON
Takako Hirayama
[email protected]
www.sotb-project.com
SUNSET STRIP
Joe Mundo
[email protected]
www.sunsetstripthemovie.com
OK, GOOD
Daniel Martinico
[email protected]
www.ok-good.net
RUBIN AND ED
Trent Harris
[email protected]
www.echocave.net
THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA
Michael Schöbel
[email protected]
www.thisaintcalifornia.com
OLO, THE BOY FROM TIBET
Sukoburukobo Co
[email protected]
www.olo-tibet.com
SADO TEMPEST
Paul Smith
[email protected]
www.sadotempest.com
TRASHED
Blenheim Films
[email protected]
www.trashedfilm.com
ORANIA
Tobias Lindner
[email protected]
www.orania-film.de
SALT
Lauren Hawkins
[email protected]
VEGETARIAN CANNIBAL
Stanislas Babic
[email protected]
THE SALESMAN
Josiane Tessier
[email protected]
www.acpav.ca/films/le-vendeur
VINYL
James Pout
[email protected]
www.h2omotionpictures.com
THE SECOND EXECUTION OF
ROMELL BROOM
Barbara Bauermeister
[email protected]
WITHOUT A NET
Kelly J Richardson
[email protected]
www.wildinthestreetsmovie.com
SHANGHAI GYPSY
Bostjan
[email protected]
www.shanghaigypsy.com
WILD IN THE STREET
Village Green LLC
[email protected]
www.reprisefilms.com
www.apreslaneige.com
OVER MY DEAD BODY
Clotilde Vatrinet
[email protected]
www.coopvideo.ca
www.f3m.ca
PERCIVAL’S BIG NIGHT
William C Sullivan
[email protected]
www.percivalsbignight.com
THE PHANTOM FATHER
GAV
[email protected]
www.thephantomfather.com
A PHILOSOPHY OF CLOSED EYES
Sacha Kullberg
[email protected]
aphilosophyofclosedeyes.blogspot.com
PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE
Bing Bailey
[email protected]
www.portraitofazombie.com
PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BELGRADE
WITH SINGING AND CRYING
Milos Milosevic
[email protected]
practical-guide-to-belgrade-film.com
PURSUIT OF LONELINESS
Laurence Thrush
[email protected]
www.pursuitofloneliness.com
SHIVER
Robert Weinbach
[email protected]
www.shivermoviesite.com
SOUNDBREAKER
Marja Pallassalo, Otto Suuronen
[email protected]
www.koskela.tv
WINTER PASSED
Paul Barbeau
[email protected]
www.withoutanetfilm.com
ZERO KILLED
Michal Kosakowski
[email protected]
www.zerokilled.org
THE STATE OF SHOCK
Slovenian Film Center
[email protected]
www.emotionfilm.si
STRING CAESAR
Alice Krige
[email protected]
www.stringcaesarthefilm.com
STRINGS
Rob Savage
[email protected]
www.rob-savage.co.uk
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INDEX
82 109
2084 55
12 Drawings a Day 174
12 Fucking Angry Men 188
15 Metres 103
63 Comet 183
Ablution 96
About the Pink Sky 140
Admissions 185
After School Midnighters 141
American Football 186
American Luthier 36
Anatomy of a Reel: The Underwater
Realm 22
Andrew Bird: Fever Year 90
Angel 23
Anonymous 184
Asad 179
The Ascent 98
At Night I Fly 24
Autodrive 188
Awards Ceremony 25
Backlot 188
Bad Hair Friday 99
The Ballad of Danko Jones 183
Ballroom Dancer 100
Banaz: A Love Story 74
Bar25: Days out of Time 27
Barbarous Mexico 2010 126
Battersea 178
Be Seeing You 55
The Beaver Trilogy 61
Bill Martell Screenwriting
Workshops 28
Bird 177
Bite of the Tail 174
Black Biscuit 75
Black Smoke Rising 76
Blank Walls 174
Blind Encounter 187
Body Complete 101
Bolero 176
Boozin n Schmoozin 30
Bread 190
Brilliant Soil 70
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The British Wrestler 46
The Bronzer 181
Buzkashi Boys 176
Cadaver 175
Can 102
Carbon for Water 187
Caribbean Fashion Week 47
Center of Gravity 168
Chomp! 116
Christine 178
Cinema Six 148
City Slacker 77
Collabor8te & Raindance 48-Hour
Film Challenge 31
Come What May 178
Commerce 180
Confine 78
Consuming Spirits 149
Corrode 169
The Craftsman 190
Culture Shock 150
Cut to Fit 183
Dark Hearts 151
Dark Hiding 188
The Daytrippers 27
Death by Camera 32
Despite the Gods 170
Dharavi Diary 187
Die Standing Up 128
Dilli Dreams 185
Doktor Fang 182
Don’t Dare to Stop Love 142
Donkeys 129
Drowned 157
Dylan’s Room 178
Emptys 187
The End 176
Episode 122
Errors of the Human Body 33
Every Night I Am Falling out
of Nowhere 188
Everything Is All Right 80
Familiar Ground 134
Fangst 184
Felix 188
First Contact 180
Five Fragments of the Extinct
Empathy 118
Florette 175
Flower in the Slime 130
For Elsie 177
The Foreigner 176
The Fourth Dimension 47
The Fox 105
Frank 79
Free Improvisation 91
Friday 180
From Tuesday to Tuesday 171
Ghosts 189
Give Me the Banjo 92
Global Home 103
Glorious Deserter 104
Good Karma $1 181
Good Night Missy 105
The Green Dogs 178
The Grief Tourist 152
Head Over Heels 175
Heavy Girls 106
Here Comes the Devil 20, 131
Herriott Grace 181
The Hidden Hand 153
High Hopes 186
The History of Chance 185
Home 112
A House A Home 104
How Do You Write a Joe
Schermann Song 154
Hum 175
I Am the Architect 182
Icebreakers 178
In Search of Blind Joe Death:
The Saga of John Fahey 93
Indebted 107
International Film Finance Panel 34
The Internet Filmmaker 35
Interview Date 176
Intrusion 182
Ivan’s Dream 108
Janapar 80
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet 36
Joyride 101
Karama Has No Wall 187
Kill Me 109
The Last Anarchist 183
Last Remarks 179
Laurentie 135
Legacy 115
Level 5 56
Life and Freaky Times of
Uncle Luke 182
Lines in the Sand 174
Lionfish Delusion 175
Live East Die Young 81
Live!Ammunition! 38
The Lobster Cry 190
Locked in a Garage Band 155
Logs 189
The Lottery of Birth 82
Love Addict 110
Love Story 189
Love Tomorrow 83
Loveless Zoritsa 111
Lovers 168
Ludic Chase 175
Luna Mesa 62
Maddoggin’ 186
Maestra 179
The Mapmaker 177
Matriarche 183
Maverick Screenwriting with
Josh Golding 37
Me @ the Zoo 156
Mercy 184
The Metamorphosis 182
Missed Connections 157
Mon Ami 158
Music Videos 39
My Big Assed Mother 182
My Father and the Man in Black 94
My Universe in Lower Case 132
A Night Too Young 112
No Ball Games 161
No Prisoner 158
No Rest for the Wicked 183
Noise Matters 159
Normal: Real Stories from
the Sex Industry 84
Nowhere in Particular 180
Nyman with a Movie Camera 40
Ok, Good 160
The Old Woman 176
Ollaparo 190
Olo, the Boy from Tibet 143
Once and for All 106
Orania 113
Out of Hours 188
Over My Dead Body 136
Papersun 186
Passing Through 141
Percival’s Big Night 161
Periapsis 174
The Phantom Father 114
A Philosophy of Closed Eyes 115
The Piano 190
Portrait of a Zombie 116
Practical Guide to Belgrade with
Singing and Crying 117
Prelude 182
Pretty Things 108
Prime Cuts 41
Production Design Workshop 42
The Pub 177
Pursuit of Loneliness 162
Raindance Masters Degree
Screening 43
The Real MacGuffins 44
The Reel – Content Is King Panel 45
Reina 181
Reinaldo Arenas 171
A Road Stained Crimson 144
Romance 184
Rose Apple Tree Island 91
Roubama 179
Rubin and Ed 63
Sado Tempest 145
The Salesman 137
Salt 21, 172
The Second Execution of
Romell Broom 118
Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto 175
Shanghai Gypsy 119
Shiver 163
Sister 177
Skunk 186
The Slide Series 1-4 160
Soundbreaker 95
State of Separation 186
The State of Shock 120
The Story of Animation 174
StringCaesar 85
Strings 86
Sunless 57
Sunset Strip 96
Superhero 189
Sweetheart 188
Table for One 185
Tabouleh 98
Taking Life 188
Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five
Pound Bag 174
The Things We Do 123
This Ain’t California 121
A Thousand Empty Glasses 177
Trashed 87
Tumbleweed! 114
Twisted 99
Unmanned 180
Unravel 181
Urban Outlaw 91
Vegetarian Cannibal 122
Vinyl 88
Voice Over 185
When the Song Dies 187
White Square 184
Why Are You Here? 190
Wild in the Streets 164
Willow 162
Winter Passed 193
Without a Net 165
Wonder 184
Written in Ink 179
Yadorigi 181
You Know It’s Bad Luck 189
Zero Killed 123
20TH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 195

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