RAINDANCE WATCH 2015 | HAPPY 140

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Director:Gracia Querejeta | Writer: Gracia Querejeta, Antonio Mercero|  Dop: Juan Carlos Gómez | Cast: Maribel Verdú, Antonio De la Torre, Eduard Fernández    

Synopsis: Elia is turning 40, and to celebrate she wants to bring her nearest and dearest together for a weekend in the hills of Tenerife. It’s been years since she’s seen many of them and though there are still underlying tensions and unfinished business to resolve – Elia is determined to celebrate. Around the dinner table does the story really begin to unravel.  The seemingly stable, successful group of friends begin to share the best thing that’s happened to them within the year so far – but as it turns out it’s Elia whose good fortune trumps them all, and not everyone is happy about it. 

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RAINDANCE WATCH | SWANSONG

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Directed/written by:Douglas Ray | Cast: EVA BIRTHISTLE;  ANTONIA CAMPBELL-HUGHES; PAUL HILTON; MATT BERRY; ANDREW HAWLEY;

New dark comedy starring Eva Birthistle, Matt Berry and Antonia Campbell-Hughes premiering at Raindance Film Festival and nominated for Best UK Feature.  

“A dark comedy about love, loss and the aftermath of fame”

He was once a lead singer with adoring fans, now he’s just another forty-something guitarist struggling to launch a solo career. And, to make matters worse, his wife’s just left him for a woman. 

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The 23rd RAINDANCE GALA | Press Release | “NEWCOMER”

Kai Barry’s spy thriller “NEWCOMER” has been selected to open London’s Raindance Film Festival on Wednesday 23rd September. 
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“NEWCOMER”, which stars James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil”), Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”) and Noemi Merlant, follows Alex, the newest member of a special ops team working for the U.S. Government. When his first mission goes disastrously wrong, his bosses think he has betrayed them. He is forced to go on the run, and try to find out what really happened.
The producer is Srdjan Stakic and the executive producer is Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Content Media is handling international sales rights on the movie. 
“NEWCOMER” will open the festival on Wednesday 23rd September at 7pm with a red carpet event and after party, which will be attended by cast and crew. 

RAINDANCE OPENING GALA & DIR. MIKE CAHILL PRESENTS: (I) ORIGINS

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Mike Cahill returns to his Raindance Festival

(I) Origins with an opening night gala screening 

Award winning director screens his latest work at the 22nd annual independent film festival

Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s largest independent film festival, has announced that it will open on 24th September 2014 with a screening of award-winning director Mike Cahill’s latest film I Origins.Cahill will host an audience Q&A following the screening.

The film boasts a stellar cast including Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and rising star Brit Marling, who also co-wrote and starred in Cahill’s debut film Another Earth.

I Origins received widespread critical acclaim when it premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, picking up the Alfred P. Sloan Prize which recognises excellence in motion pictures depicting science and technology. The film follows the work of molecular biologist (Pitt) whose study of the human eye leads to far-reaching implications about scientific and spiritual beliefs.

In 2011 Cahill showcased his sci-fi epic Another Earth at Raindance and the director’s long-standing relationship with the festival was a key factor in their decision to offer him the prestigious spot on opening night.

Raindance founder Elliot Grove comments:

“Mike is a director who embodies the fiercely independent filmmaking spirit that Raindance has championed for the past 22 years. We’re delighted to welcome him back to the festival this year to open proceedings with a truly original and thought-provoking piece of cinema.”

Mike Cahill added: “I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to Raindance for the premiere of my second film I Origins.  Elliot and his colleagues do so much to support indie film and I’m happy my work has found its way onto their radar.” 

I Origins screens at Vue West End (Leicester Square) on 24th September at 7pm.

Passes* for the 22nd annual Raindance Festival, including the Patron’s Pass that allows admission to the opening gala, are already on sale and close to selling out completely. The passes entitle film-buffs to unlimited admissions at Vue Piccadilly throughout the 10-day festival.

Raindance Festival Passes* (starting from £100) are available now and can be purchased viawww.raindancefestival.org

All other tickets for the festival**, including the Opening Gala screening of I Origins and after party (£25) go on general release at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 atwww.myvue.com/raindance. Full details can be found at www.raindancefestival.org.

the FRONTPAGE | LONDON RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2013

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This Autumn I have been given the privilege via hotminute and the TRASH BASH to attend the 21st annual Raindance Film Festival. Showcasing over 150 dramas, documentaries, comedies, thrillers and the rest the festival is also hosting a Webfest showing some of the most popular and new web series and films to hit the net.

A quick History: 

Founded by filmmakers for filmmakers the festival has since gone on to host seminars attended by then unknown directors such as Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn and Christopher Nolan. Since 1993 the festival has annually introduced some of the hottest new filmmakers and films on the scene. Premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

In 1998 Raindance launched the British Independent Film Awards – a yearly industry event attended by the upper ranks of the UK moviemaking establishment. The BIFAs are now regarded as one of the penultimate awards in the world film calendar. Honours have included Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, and helped launch countless films including 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

I will be doing my best to review and share the films i have had the chance to see (hint: a lot) and championing the festival to anyone who will listen because that is the festival’s mission statement and it’s the kind I can get down with.

 

information sourced from Raindance.org