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A strong female directorial presence at London’s East End Film Festival

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- There is also a healthy European presence in the competition line-up at the 17th edition of the festival of discovery, which runs between 11 and 29 April

A strong female directorial presence at London’s East End Film Festival
Pin Cushion by Deborah Haywood

There is a strong European presence in competition at London’s East End Film Festival this year. The Turkish drama More [+see also:
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 by Onur Saylak will be competing alongside Isabel Prahl’s German drama Different Kinds of Rain [+see also:
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, the teen ensemble Team Hurricane [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Annika Berg, Jenna Cato Bass’ Luxembourgish-South African co-production High Fantasy and the Dutch-Mexican joint effort Time Share [+see also:
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by Sebastián Hofmann. The selection is made up of eight movies by first- and second-time filmmakers. 

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The East End Film Festival, now in its 17th edition, is training a strong spotlight on female filmmakers. Over one-third of the films on show at the gathering are directed by women: there are screenings of the UK drama Pin Cushion [+see also:
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 by Deborah Haywood; the Tanzanian-set drama Pili [+see also:
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 by British director Leanne Welham, in which 65% of the cast of non-professional actors are themselves HIV positive; the Swiss smash hit Blue My Mind [+see also:
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by Lisa BrühlmannReyan Tuvi’s Turkish drama No Place for Tears; Soleen Yusef’s German-Iraqi-Qatari co-production House Without Roof [+see also:
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; the intoxicating gay co-production from Kosovo and Albania The Marriage [+see also:
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by Blerta Zeqiri; and the London premiere of the French smash hit Revenge [+see also:
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by Coralie Fargeat.

Furthermore, there will be a world premiere of the UK drama I Made This For You by Cristian Solimeno; the film is part of the “platform for dialogue” section and will screen in collaboration with suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

Fatih Akin will be in attendance for the English premiere of his Golden Globe-winning drama In the Fade [+see also:
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, starring Diane Kruger. He will also be delivering a master class designed to give an insight into his illustrious career.

Other notable titles include Fred, a sombre and intimate documentary portrait of notorious gangster Freddie Foreman, which will have its UK premiere at the festival. Written by and starring Josie Long (Skins), who plays a romance-obsessed librarian, Douglas King’s Super November mixes romantic comedy with Orwellian dystopia. Set amid the global news storm of September 2015, the London premiere of the documentary Another News Story [+see also:
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 by Orban Wallace reveals the action behind the cameras of news teams tasked with reporting on the refugee crisis, plus there is a special preview of Steve Kelly’s The Bromley Boys [+see also:
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, a funny and touching coming-of-age football memoir set in late 1960s Britain, starring Martine McCutcheonAlan DaviesAdam Deacon (Kidulthood [+see also:
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) and Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake [+see also:
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 and son of Freddie Foreman).

The 17th East End Film Festival runs from 11-29 April 2018 at venues across London’s East End.

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