I Origins, Wolf to bookend Raindance
by Naman Ramachandran
- Over 100 features to screen in festival’s 22nd edition
The 22nd Raindance Film Festival (September 24 – October 5) will open with Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama I Origins (US), starring Michael Pitt, Archie Panjabi and Brit Marling, about biologists who uncover radical new evidence that may change the world. The festival will close with Jim Taihuttu’s Wolf [+see also:
interview: Marwan Kenzari
film profile] (Netherlands), a thriller set in the world of kickboxing.
This year, the festival will screen more than 100 features and 150 shorts from 50 countries. The programming is now categorised by the four seasons, moving away from the previous focus on genres. This is not dissimilar to the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival that has been segmenting its programme based on emotions for a few years now.
Other programme highlights include Asia Argento’s Misunderstood [+see also:
film profile] (Italy/France), starring Charlotte Gainsbourg; Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (Mexico/US), the screening of which will be attended by star John Malkovich; Frank Whaley’s Like Sunday, Like Rain (US) starring Debra Messing; John Williams’ The Beat Beneath My Feet (UK) starring Luke Perry; and Saar Klein’s Things People Do (US), starring Wes Bentley.
BAFTA-nominated American cinematographer Sean Bobbit (12 Years a Slave [+see also:
interview: Michael Fassbender
film profile]) will conduct a masterclass at the festival. There will also be 40 industry-facing events.