Raindance Festival 2017

Wednesday 20th September

Oh Lucy!
Setsuko is seemingly stuck with her life in Tokyo until she is convinced by her niece, Mika, to enrol in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American persona named ‘Lucy.’ The new identity awakens...
Opening Night Gala After Party
The opening night party at Cafe du Paris.

Thursday 21st September

Italy Co-Production Forum
Strands: Industry Forum
SCHEDULE   Co-Production Forum Opening talk: In conversation with Italy Thursday 21st September 9.15 am – 10.00 am | Vue Leicester Square Raindance Founder Elliot Grove will briefly join our Italian guests of the day in an onstage talk about...
Boys for Sale
Screen on 28th September includes Q & A with producer Ian Thomas Ash. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district are bars specializing in "Urisen" - young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews interspersed with animation detailing the...
Noble Earth
Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within Italy's hermetic nobility.
That's Not Me
Polly's dreams of making it as an actor are crushed when her identical twin sister lands a coveted role on an HBO show, but she soon succumbs to taking advantage of her sibling's newfound celebrity. However, Polly's indulgence in free swag, comped...
Pitch Training with Elliot Grove
Strands: Industry Forum
It’s not enough to have a million pound idea, you have to be able to sell it. When often all you have is 15 minutes with a producer that has heard 10 other projects that same day, it is vital to learn how to hook anyone and get your movie made.
The Liberation Of Skopje
The horrors and suffering of the Second World War are portrayed in bittersweet terms through the eyes of 11-year-old Zoran, whose father has joined the partisans to fight the German occupiers, and whose mother becomes involved with a German officer.
City of Joy
A tale of hope and restoration unfolds in City of Joy, a film that follows the first class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
May God Save Us
Madrid, 2011. Hottest August on record. One and a half million pilgrims are awaiting the Pope’s visit and the city is under surveillance by security forces. Several elderly women are brutally raped and murdered. Two inspectors whom nobody wants as...
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows is the incredible untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London’s 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. So powerful was this body of work that 45...
Midnighters
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay,...
Visitors
Strands: Narrative Shorts
An ambient film - a quiet contact between the earth and it's visitors.
Swaying Mariko
Strands: Features Narrative
Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.
Lies We Tell
When his billionaire boss dies, Donald must destroy all evidence of his enigmatic mistress Amber. Amber's past pulls Donald into a life-and-death showdown with her gangster cousin/ex-husband. Nursing his tragic past, Donald is plunged into a world...
Apricot Groves
Aram, an Iranian Armenian, has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. Now, with the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What follows is...
The Infinite Moment
Overwhelmed by guilt since the accidental death of their daughter, Mary accepts her husband's proposal to become a camgirl to solve their financial problems.
The Receptionist
Unable to find a job, Tina, a Taiwanese recent-graduate living in London, starts working in an illegal massage parlour as a receptionist. As she gradually comes to know the women in this most dysfunctional of artificial families she sees how they...
RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?
RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking...

Friday 22nd September

Lighting & Technology Masterclass presented by Rotolight
Strands: Industry Forum
Workshop and demonstrations of the latest in filmmaking and lighting technologies and techniques for filmmakers to enhance their productions
Women in Film Panel: What does it mean to be a leading female character on the big screen?
Strands: Industry Forum
Hosted by Women in Entertainment President - Cynthia Landon - this panel will explore films and narratives in which female characters and narratives are placed front and centre. Featuring Kelly Davis and Kim Hudson, this panel will discuss what it...
Love and Other Cults
27th September Screening including Q&A with Director Eiji Uchida. Set in a small town in Japan, Ai Shima is sent to a cult commune for 7 years as a child. After leaving the cult she returns to try and find her place in society - and is trapped...
Cahier Africain
It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their...
This Is Us
A young woman breaks things off with her boyfriend, but the universe has other plans. Desperate to move on, she is forced to literally relive the memories they've shared together. Pin-balling through time and space, she attempts to rewrite their...
From Festivals, to Awards: how can a film festival help to access awards?
Strands: Industry Forum
From the Oscars, to the BIFAs - we hear from the Awards. How can festivals help films to win?
Transmania
Transmania is made by fifteen directors. Each director has continued the story by filming a five minute section of a film, based exclusively on the last minute of the previous one. In this way extreme dramatic twists brings the viewer on the edge...
Dark Blue Girl
Two years after Hannah and Jimmy's break up, the pair unexpectedly fall head over heels for each other again when selling their holiday home in the Aegean. They want to give their relationship a second chance, but their seven-year-old daughter,...
Voevoda
Roumena is a tortured mother, forced to abandon her child and home, who leads a band of rebels and inflicts her own justice while struggling to make it up to the men’s world of 19th century. Voevoda means rebel-leader, commander, guardian and...
Junk Head
In a dystopian future where the human race has lost the ability to propagate the species, a lone explorer is sent underground to investigate the strange world of mutated clones.
I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott
This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest...
Live Ammo!
Strands: Industry Forum
Raindance’s famous pitching session is back. Get your chance to pitch your movie idea to distributors, studios, financiers and producers.
Cake
Directed by A Friel
UK
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Two women sit in a barren dystopian wasteland discussing the best way to die.
Black Hollow Cage
Alice, a thirteen year old girl, lives with her father, Adam, in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Alice is enclosed in herself. She hates her father and blames him for...
Discreet
Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.
Children of the Night
Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship...
On Yoga The Architecture of Peace
On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is based on Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name. This project tells the story of the 10 years the author spent photographing Yoga’s great masters. By posing very human questions from our current perspective,...
Stooge
Stooge is a feature documentary about Robert Pargiter, Iggy Pop's No1 fan. It covers the three years leading up to his 50th birthday when he tries to track his hero down in a final absolution. His journey has taken him all over the world in search...

Saturday 23rd September

Location, Location, Location! How to find the right locations for your film, presented by FilmFixer
Strands: Industry Forum
Andrew Pavord, founder of FilmFixer shares his top tips on securing your most wanted filming locations.
Scaffolding
17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker at school. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with Rami, his new literature teacher, and begins to...
The Dark Mile
“DELIVERANCE” meets “ROSEMARY'S BABY” – The Dark Mile is a psychological thriller built around a strong central relationship of two very different yet sympathetic characters. A tense psychological horror-thriller, The Dark Mile blends The Wicker...
Strange Case
Strands: Shorts
The film as a metaphor for life, the last surrealistic journey into consciousness. A stream of images, thoughts and memories. The sequence of a protagonist's personal experiences and collective memory.
Teenage Superstars
Scotland, 1982. The stars of Big Gold Dream had either split up or taken the Big Gold Road south to major label success in London. Glasgow was left with an 'indie label' void, but the seeds sown in Big Gold Dream would lead to a new era of...
Visitors
Strands: Narrative Shorts
An ambient film - a quiet contact between the earth and it's visitors.
Swaying Mariko
Strands: Features Narrative
Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.
Shorts Programme: International 1
These films reveal a deep human aptitude for being responsible politically to rebel against established notions. This requires an abundant deal of vigilance & persistent determination to ensure change. That attitude has to remain credible if...
Directing Masterclass: Ate de Jong
Strands: Industry Forum
Drop Dead Fred director Ate de Jong shares his top tips on directing.
The Family I Had
Charity walks a fine line between love and fear of her son, Paris. It’s been ten years since he killed her daughter and she is left questioning his chance at redemption and her ability to forgive. Multiple accounts allow for conflicting points of...
You Are Killing Me Susana
Strands: Features Narrative
You Are Killing Me Susana is the journey of a Mexico City native into the heart of the US, to a different culture and a frigid winter, but above all into his own soul to confront the contradictions between his macho idiosyncrasies and the love he...
Shorts Programme: UK
This showcases engaging & emerging filmmakers from the UK, all political, personal & potent. Matters may seem out of control in turbulent times & these stories attempt to restore the balance. Featuring dark satires, understated issues...
Love Is Thicker Than Water
A tale as old as time, or at least as old as Shakespeare: star-crossed lovers, bound by passion, pulled apart by religion, culture and a broken jar of peanut butter. Arthur and Vida, young Londoners tumbling headlong into all-consuming love. But...
Cry of the City
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A thought-provoking and moralistic film on the theme of young people following their dreams in the big city. Alienation and financial hardships can often lead to bad decisions in life. The film uses visuals and voice-over to dramatise the...
Mukoku
In Kamakura, the city of greenery and sea, Kengo was trained in Kendo by his father. But after experiencing a tragic incident, Kengo loses the will to live. Another master, Mitsumura, tries to put him back on his feet again by sending him a...
The Misandrists
The Misandrists refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. When a young man, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female...
The Story of a Satellite
Almost 20 years after losing his father to a freak satellite-related accident, Rafael, an undertaker, realizes that his whole life has been orbiting in the wrong direction. With the help of his own "Sancho Panza", Melito, Rafael will begin a...
4
Sons
With an iconic seventies background, a gang of cheerleaders face-off members of The Serpent in a bowling competition. One of the boys has a tendency towards dancing with his baton; something that goes against the crew’s habits. He will live his...
Pink Beetle
We wanted to create a backyard illegal dentist feel and then ram it full of odd and eccentric characters. A mad, trippy and anarchic visit to the dentist chair.

Sunday 24th September

RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?
RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking...
Children of the Night
Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship...
Shorts Programme: Documentary
These short documentaries reveal fascinating portrayals of controversial artists, dialectic observers & intangible landscapes. Surviving these idiosyncratic extremities of existence in these abandoned landscapes may be essentially full of...
The Receptionist
Unable to find a job, Tina, a Taiwanese recent-graduate living in London, starts working in an illegal massage parlour as a receptionist. As she gradually comes to know the women in this most dysfunctional of artificial families she sees how they...
Pitch your Poster!
Strands: Industry Forum
All filmmakers should understand how their film should be marketed from the start. In this event you can pitch your idea for your film as a film poster to a panel of experts and distributors. 
Cake
Directed by A Friel
UK
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Two women sit in a barren dystopian wasteland discussing the best way to die.
Black Hollow Cage
Alice, a thirteen year old girl, lives with her father, Adam, in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Alice is enclosed in herself. She hates her father and blames him for...
Shorts Programme: International 2
Riotously disruptive tales featuring raw portraits of unhinged characters. Extravagant cravings provoke impulsive ventures, obliterating any impression of prestige. These films are besieged with neon-saturated streets, hardcore punks, mercenary...
Shorts Programme: International 1
These films reveal a deep human aptitude for being responsible politically to rebel against established notions. This requires an abundant deal of vigilance & persistent determination to ensure change. That attitude has to remain credible if...
Edie
Directed by Simon Hunter
UK
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. Following her husband’s death, she decides to take herself off to the Highlands on a climbing trip that her father had planned for them many years before.
Peaches
Somewhere in the Caribbean, in a future that never was, Diego will have to find any means necessary to fix what happened when his girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway. Even if it means competing with different...
Melody Makers
Melody Makers chronicles the birth of music journalism when rock was in its infancy and Melody Maker magazine, the world’s first music press, was revered as the bible of rock n' roll not just in the UK but also around the world.
Shorts Programme: International 3
From heated intensity to sensitive intimacy, this collection of shorts focuses on stories brimming with emotion. They examine the crucial choices we make at pivotal moments in life, and their life-changing consequences. Across a diverse range of...
Stolen Innocence
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring.
Hello Again
Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early '90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This...
The Sleeping Field
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a field, we witness a dream - or is it a parallel reality?
Isolani
After witnessing a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer.
A Trip to the Moon
Tomas is an outcast teenager trying to pass an exam. His family are constantly pressing him, and his mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an intriguing trip to the moon. In this particular journey,...
Yes But No Thanks
Strands: Narrative Shorts
On a winter evening, Émilie arrives unannounced at her neighbour Joëlle’s house. As the evening goes by, Émilie longs for her neighbour, who seems to be impervious to her charms. The exploration of an ambiguous relationship is marked with...

Monday 25th September

The Infinite Moment
Overwhelmed by guilt since the accidental death of their daughter, Mary accepts her husband's proposal to become a camgirl to solve their financial problems.
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows is the incredible untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London’s 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. So powerful was this body of work that 45...
Voevoda
Roumena is a tortured mother, forced to abandon her child and home, who leads a band of rebels and inflicts her own justice while struggling to make it up to the men’s world of 19th century. Voevoda means rebel-leader, commander, guardian and...
Becks
After a crushing breakup with her girlfriend, a Brooklyn musician moves back in with her Midwestern mother. As she navigates her hometown, playing for tip money in an old friend's bar, an unexpected relationship begins to take shape.
On Yoga The Architecture of Peace
On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is based on Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name. This project tells the story of the 10 years the author spent photographing Yoga’s great masters. By posing very human questions from our current perspective,...
Trendy
Richard, a 30 year-old teacher, moves to East London, where he discovers hipsters, cockneys, immigrants and conflict. He discovers the East End: its nights, its drugs, its people, but the big city is not a welcoming place. Faced with rejection and...
The Foolish Bird
A16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn’t know. As she takes risks, she has her first sexual experience – a cruel one.
Nothing But the Wind
What's that saying? The heart is where home is? Home is where the heart is? Vedran is a Bosnian-born Swede, forced to re-visit his hometown 18 years after leaving it. Against his will, Sarajevo is changing him. But that does not make him less...
Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
It's a hard day's night in Japan with a faustian twist. The Screamin' Telstars are a retro rock band. They’ve been struggling for years. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of - but with...
Things Break In
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in...
The Constitution
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of their very different lives. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to...
Johnny Jeana : Portrait of a Tokyo Rockabilly
One of the last of Tokyo’s Rockabillies, Johnny Jeana keeps 50s Americana alive in the heart of Tokyo. In this film, we delve into Japan’s Rockabilly culture and Johnny’s dreams of superstardom.
Afterparty
In recent years, the city of Belgrade has been proclaimed the capital of European clubbing. From the perspective of prestigious city club bartender Marko Mare, this is story about modern day Belgrade and its residents.
Barrage
Troubled young mother Catherine is determined to establish a relationship with her estranged daughter Alba. However, Catherine's mother Elisabeth is reluctant to allow Catherine back into Alba's life. Catherine is willing to take some extreme...
Siblings
HERMANOS tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the US after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house and believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises....

Tuesday 26th September

Midnighters
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay,...
The Misandrists
The Misandrists refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. When a young man, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female...
A Trip to the Moon
Tomas is an outcast teenager trying to pass an exam. His family are constantly pressing him, and his mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an intriguing trip to the moon. In this particular journey,...
Stooge
Stooge is a feature documentary about Robert Pargiter, Iggy Pop's No1 fan. It covers the three years leading up to his 50th birthday when he tries to track his hero down in a final absolution. His journey has taken him all over the world in search...
Bluefin
Endangered giant bluefin tuna have returned to Prince Edward Island, Canada in surprising abundance after a disappearance from overfishing. But something strange is going on. With stunning cinematography, filmmaker John Hopkins’s acclaimed...
Stranger in the Dunes
A troubled married couple and their long-lost friend become ensnared in a supernatural phenomenon while vacationing at an isolated beach house. Trapped in their deadly paradise, the seaside dunes become a harrowing stage for their primal descent...
A Magician
Strands: Narrative Shorts
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.
The Liberation Of Skopje
The horrors and suffering of the Second World War are portrayed in bittersweet terms through the eyes of 11-year-old Zoran, whose father has joined the partisans to fight the German occupiers, and whose mother becomes involved with a German officer.
Noise
Screening on 26th September includes Q & A with the director Yusaku Matsumoto. Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
Dark Blue Girl
Two years after Hannah and Jimmy's break up, the pair unexpectedly fall head over heels for each other again when selling their holiday home in the Aegean. They want to give their relationship a second chance, but their seven-year-old daughter,...
In Another Life
Our once beautiful homeland had become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many have already left Syria, risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless opportunists who trade in...
Biarritz Surf Gang
Through the portraits of the surfers of the Grande Plage of Biarritz, the film tells a transition period for surfing which passes from a counterculture to a high level sport.Praticing surfing in Biarritz, France, in the 1980s it's to refuse the...

Wednesday 27th September

Junk Head
In a dystopian future where the human race has lost the ability to propagate the species, a lone explorer is sent underground to investigate the strange world of mutated clones.
Nothing But the Wind
What's that saying? The heart is where home is? Home is where the heart is? Vedran is a Bosnian-born Swede, forced to re-visit his hometown 18 years after leaving it. Against his will, Sarajevo is changing him. But that does not make him less...
Siblings
HERMANOS tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the US after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house and believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises....
Discreet
Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.
Speak Up
Every year, at the University of Saint-Denis, a competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate and many prepare with the help of professional advisors. Armed with new-found knowledge, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and...
The Story of a Satellite
Almost 20 years after losing his father to a freak satellite-related accident, Rafael, an undertaker, realizes that his whole life has been orbiting in the wrong direction. With the help of his own "Sancho Panza", Melito, Rafael will begin a...
I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott
This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest...
Love and Other Cults
27th September Screening including Q&A with Director Eiji Uchida. Set in a small town in Japan, Ai Shima is sent to a cult commune for 7 years as a child. After leaving the cult she returns to try and find her place in society - and is trapped...
An American Attorney in London
Strands: Narrative Shorts
When a criminal defence attorney visits the US Embassy in London, his appointment with a clinical consular official leads him down a dark and uneasy path to the last place on earth he wants to be.
Amber
Directed by David Newton
UK
After an assignment goes wrong, hitman Jack must give up his life to protect his daughter, Amber. Moments before he meets his fate, he is offered a second chance - but like all second chances, it comes with a price.
High & Outside: A Baseball Noir
In the streets of Los Angeles, a minor league baseball player recklessly claws to keep his dreams alive. Geoffrey Lewis, Phil Donlon, David Yow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Richter and Lindsey Haun star in this dark drama that explores the dangerous...
Get Away
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Having travelled far from home for an abortion, a working mother finds she needs a helping hand.
Transmania
Transmania is made by fifteen directors. Each director has continued the story by filming a five minute section of a film, based exclusively on the last minute of the previous one. In this way extreme dramatic twists brings the viewer on the edge...
The Nobodies
Love, hate, broken promises and five friends meet in the streets of a hostile city. In the street, the nobodies, young people united by wanderlust, find art and music, a place of refuge and an opportunity to escape.
Oh Lucy!
Setsuko is seemingly stuck with her life in Tokyo until she is convinced by her niece, Mika, to enrol in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American persona named ‘Lucy.’ The new identity awakens...
Cahier Africain
It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their...

Thursday 28th September

Apricot Groves
Aram, an Iranian Armenian, has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. Now, with the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What follows is...
Afterparty
In recent years, the city of Belgrade has been proclaimed the capital of European clubbing. From the perspective of prestigious city club bartender Marko Mare, this is story about modern day Belgrade and its residents.
Melody Makers
Melody Makers chronicles the birth of music journalism when rock was in its infancy and Melody Maker magazine, the world’s first music press, was revered as the bible of rock n' roll not just in the UK but also around the world.
Stolen Innocence
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring.
Biarritz Surf Gang
Through the portraits of the surfers of the Grande Plage of Biarritz, the film tells a transition period for surfing which passes from a counterculture to a high level sport.Praticing surfing in Biarritz, France, in the 1980s it's to refuse the...
Stranger in the Dunes
A troubled married couple and their long-lost friend become ensnared in a supernatural phenomenon while vacationing at an isolated beach house. Trapped in their deadly paradise, the seaside dunes become a harrowing stage for their primal descent...
Barrage
Troubled young mother Catherine is determined to establish a relationship with her estranged daughter Alba. However, Catherine's mother Elisabeth is reluctant to allow Catherine back into Alba's life. Catherine is willing to take some extreme...
In Another Life
Our once beautiful homeland had become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many have already left Syria, risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless opportunists who trade in...
Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
It's a hard day's night in Japan with a faustian twist. The Screamin' Telstars are a retro rock band. They’ve been struggling for years. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of - but with...
Johnny Jeana : Portrait of a Tokyo Rockabilly
One of the last of Tokyo’s Rockabillies, Johnny Jeana keeps 50s Americana alive in the heart of Tokyo. In this film, we delve into Japan’s Rockabilly culture and Johnny’s dreams of superstardom.
This Is Us
A young woman breaks things off with her boyfriend, but the universe has other plans. Desperate to move on, she is forced to literally relive the memories they've shared together. Pin-balling through time and space, she attempts to rewrite their...
Noble Earth
Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within Italy's hermetic nobility.
City of Joy
A tale of hope and restoration unfolds in City of Joy, a film that follows the first class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Speechwriter
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A peek into the private existence of a smart, driven and successful speechwriter, isolated by maddening routine, obsession and a systemised life. Writing for the highest bidder, regardless of the job, The Speechwriter enters a world where client...
Boys for Sale
Screen on 28th September includes Q & A with producer Ian Thomas Ash. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district are bars specializing in "Urisen" - young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews interspersed with animation detailing the...
Trendy
Richard, a 30 year-old teacher, moves to East London, where he discovers hipsters, cockneys, immigrants and conflict. He discovers the East End: its nights, its drugs, its people, but the big city is not a welcoming place. Faced with rejection and...
That's Not Me
Polly's dreams of making it as an actor are crushed when her identical twin sister lands a coveted role on an HBO show, but she soon succumbs to taking advantage of her sibling's newfound celebrity. However, Polly's indulgence in free swag, comped...

Friday 29th September

Virtual Reality
20 of the following 40 nominations will be played at the Raindance VRX Arcade. Details of which to come in September.
An American Attorney in London
Strands: Narrative Shorts
When a criminal defence attorney visits the US Embassy in London, his appointment with a clinical consular official leads him down a dark and uneasy path to the last place on earth he wants to be.
Amber
Directed by David Newton
UK
After an assignment goes wrong, hitman Jack must give up his life to protect his daughter, Amber. Moments before he meets his fate, he is offered a second chance - but like all second chances, it comes with a price.
Peaches
Somewhere in the Caribbean, in a future that never was, Diego will have to find any means necessary to fix what happened when his girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway. Even if it means competing with different...
Isolani
After witnessing a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer.
Shorts Programme: International 3
From heated intensity to sensitive intimacy, this collection of shorts focuses on stories brimming with emotion. They examine the crucial choices we make at pivotal moments in life, and their life-changing consequences. Across a diverse range of...
The Nobodies
Love, hate, broken promises and five friends meet in the streets of a hostile city. In the street, the nobodies, young people united by wanderlust, find art and music, a place of refuge and an opportunity to escape.
The Family I Had
Charity walks a fine line between love and fear of her son, Paris. It’s been ten years since he killed her daughter and she is left questioning his chance at redemption and her ability to forgive. Multiple accounts allow for conflicting points of...
You Are Killing Me Susana
You Are Killing Me Susana is the journey of a Mexico City native into the heart of the US, to a different culture and a frigid winter, but above all into his own soul to confront the contradictions between his macho idiosyncrasies and the love he...
May God Save Us
Madrid, 2011. Hottest August on record. One and a half million pilgrims are awaiting the Pope’s visit and the city is under surveillance by security forces. Several elderly women are brutally raped and murdered. Two inspectors whom nobody wants as...
The Traveller
A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations that he cannot handle.
Teenage Superstars
Scotland, 1982. The stars of Big Gold Dream had either split up or taken the Big Gold Road south to major label success in London. Glasgow was left with an 'indie label' void, but the seeds sown in Big Gold Dream would lead to a new era of...
Soho Jimbo
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A wanderer plays two rivaling triad gangs against each other in their bitter war for Chinatown. An action-comedy surrounding the infamous hitman, Soho Jimbo.
Becks
After a crushing breakup with her girlfriend, a Brooklyn musician moves back in with her Midwestern mother. As she navigates her hometown, playing for tip money in an old friend's bar, an unexpected relationship begins to take shape.
The Dark Mile
“DELIVERANCE” meets “ROSEMARY'S BABY” – The Dark Mile is a psychological thriller built around a strong central relationship of two very different yet sympathetic characters. A tense psychological horror-thriller, The Dark Mile blends The Wicker...
Bluefin
Endangered giant bluefin tuna have returned to Prince Edward Island, Canada in surprising abundance after a disappearance from overfishing. But something strange is going on. With stunning cinematography, filmmaker John Hopkins’s acclaimed...

Saturday 30th September

Virtual Reality
20 of the following 40 nominations will be played at the Raindance VRX Arcade. Details of which to come in September.
Lies We Tell
When his billionaire boss dies, Donald must destroy all evidence of his enigmatic mistress Amber. Amber's past pulls Donald into a life-and-death showdown with her gangster cousin/ex-husband. Nursing his tragic past, Donald is plunged into a world...
Cry of the City
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A thought-provoking and moralistic film on the theme of young people following their dreams in the big city. Alienation and financial hardships can often lead to bad decisions in life. The film uses visuals and voice-over to dramatise the...
Mukoku
In Kamakura, the city of greenery and sea, Kengo was trained in Kendo by his father. But after experiencing a tragic incident, Kengo loses the will to live. Another master, Mitsumura, tries to put him back on his feet again by sending him a...
Strange Case
Strands: Shorts
The film as a metaphor for life, the last surrealistic journey into consciousness. A stream of images, thoughts and memories. The sequence of a protagonist's personal experiences and collective memory.
Things Break In
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in...
The Constitution
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of their very different lives. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to...
Shorts Programme: International 1
These films reveal a deep human aptitude for being responsible politically to rebel against established notions. This requires an abundant deal of vigilance & persistent determination to ensure change. That attitude has to remain credible if...
Hello Again
Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early '90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This...
The Sleeping Field
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a field, we witness a dream - or is it a parallel reality?
A Magician
Strands: Narrative Shorts
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.
Noise
Screening on 26th September includes Q & A with the director Yusaku Matsumoto. Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
MA Showcase
The MA Showcase is a selection of short films that were made by students in the Raindance Postgraduate Degree as part of their curricular. Every student gets to designed their own learning pathway, and each film reflects the variety of interest...
Edie
Directed by Simon Hunter
UK
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. Following her husband’s death, she decides to take herself off to the Highlands on a climbing trip that her father had planned for them many years before.
190mg
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Tom needs James's help with a weekend project. James accidentally ate 190 milligrams of THC.
Maya Dardel
The story of the final weeks leading up to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally-respected poet and novelist. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life, and that young male writers may...
Speak Up
Every year, at the University of Saint-Denis, a competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate and many prepare with the help of professional advisors. Armed with new-found knowledge, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and...
The Foolish Bird
A16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn’t know. As she takes risks, she has her first sexual experience – a cruel one.
Scaffolding
17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker at school. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with Rami, his new literature teacher, and begins to...

Sunday 1st October