8 items from 2012
The Raindance Film Festival recently announced its 20th festival programme lineup which includes an unprecedented 105 features, 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries, proof of another exceptional year of internationally acclaimed films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and masterclasses. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7thOctober at its home of the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4Lr.T
Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil – a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them. The Opening Night afterparty will feature band The Real Tuesday Weld which The Sunday Times calls: “beautiful… »
Raindance have just announced their line-up for their 20th annual film festival. The 2012 festival will, like every year showcase some of the best independent movies that we can expect in the coming year and beyond. Raindance 2012 will take place 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus in London. This year we can expect to see 105 features, more than 138 shorts, 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries.
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Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. »
- David Sztypuljak
The Raindance Film Festival has announced its 20th festival programme today. This year?s lineup includes 105 features and over 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.
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Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.
Closing the festival on Sunday 7th October is the UK Premiere of 7 Crates from Paraguay and fresh from its screening in Toronto Film Festival’ s vanguard section. The film focusses on Victor, »
2012 is the 20-year anniversary for Raindance Film Festival, and they have a jam-packed schedule to celebrate! Showcasing 105 features and over 138 short films, with 64 UK premieres, 19 world premieres, 13 International premieres, 5 European premieres and 24 directorial debuts from 38 countries, Piccadilly Circus doesn’t know what’s about to hit it.
Opening on Wednesday 26th September is the International premiere of Here Comes The Devil – when a family lose their children on holiday in Tijuana, it seems everything is right again when they’re found. However, something strange has happened when the kids went missing and not everything is as it seems…
The UK Home Grown Strand includes Love Tomorrow (directed by Christopher Payne, with choreography designed by The BalletBoyz); City Slacker (starring Tom Conti); Confine (starring Daisy Lowe and Alfie Allen, with direction from Tobias Tobbell) and String Caesar (featuring Derek Jacobi).
The American Indie Strand will showcase the world premiere of Dark Hearts »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
If anything complicates life it’s people and fate. People are complicated individual and like to think they are in control of their fate. Acts of Godfrey takes a look at this and shows a different side of thing, where fate is in fact manipulated for events to happen and people are pushed into actions that others see the best of them, no matter if this is in fact the truth.
Vic Timms is an insurance man who is not good at this job, he should be pushing people into buying his product but he lacks belief in it. He has a cynical yet moralistic look on life that makes him appear in a perpetual bad move, life just does not work for him. At the start of the story »
Acts of Godfrey, 2012.
Written and Directed by Johnny Daukes.
God (Simon Callow) presents us a story (in verse), mainly following Victor (Iain Robertson) at a business seminar but bringing in others and slowly revealing how every single one of them is connected.
A film that takes existentialism as one of its themes is probably suited to the image of a man standing naked outside a classy hotel, rain pouring down on him. But I’ll come back to that later. Johnny Daukes, director, writer, even on the soundtrack, has crafted a decent film out of an idea that sounds like it could be up its own backside.
And because it’s the biggest point about a film that’s in verse, the huge, neon-signed, man bellowing through a megaphone question is: Can the writing be good without being a show-off gimmick? »
When Rooney Mara picked up an Oscar nomination for her punchy central performance in David Fincher's American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011, Sony, 18), one question hung awkwardly in the air: how come Noomi Rapace wasn't similarly honoured for her equally impressive turn as cyberpunk Lisbeth Salander in the original Scandinavian movie a couple of years earlier? Adapted from the first of Stieg Larsson's posthumously bestselling Millennium trilogy, Niels Arden Oplev's modestly budgeted thriller made a European star of the mercurial Rapace, who went on to feature in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and is soon to be seen headlining Ridley Scott's eagerly anticipated sci-fi epic Prometheus. It's hard not to conclude that, while Rapace delivered her dialogue in Swedish, Mara was feted for performing essentially the same role in »
- Mark Kermode
A brave but ultimately stagey British film set at a motivational seminar – and spoken almost entirely in rhyming verse
You have to admire the ingenuity of this low-budget British film written and directed by musician Johnny Daukes: it is spoken entirely in rhyming verse. Set almost all in one place – a hotel, where a too-nice salesman (Iain Robertson) has been sent on a motivational seminar – Daukes's film is certainly likable, but can't quite get round the static, stagey nature of the material. Much of the action is marooned in the seminar room and hotel restaurant as it flits between one supporting character and another, with narrator Simon Callow provides light relief of varying effectiveness. Things only properly kick off in a frantic farce-like finale; by then the laboriousness of the plotting has taken its toll.
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- Andrew Pulver
8 items from 2012
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