Problemski Hotel to open the Raindance Film Festival
by Naman Ramachandran
- Belgian director Manu Riche’s feature will open the 24th edition of the gathering, while News from Planet Mars by France’s Dominik Moll will bring it to a close
Manu Riche’s Problemski Hotel [+see also:
film profile] (Belgium) will open the 24th Raindance Film Festival (21 September-2 October), while Dominik Moll’s News from Planet Mars [+see also:
film profile] (France) will close it. The Women in Film strand will highlight the best examples of works by female directors, including Ebony Butler’s A Brilliant Genocide (Australia/New Zealand/US/Uganda/UK), and Damian Gillis and Fiona Rayher’s Fractured Land (Canada/New Zealand/US). The LGBT+ strand highlights will include Eric Juhola’s Growing Up Coy (US), Margo Pelletier’s Thirsty (US), and Laurie Colson and Axelle Le Dauphin’s Guru, A Hijra Story (Belgium).
This year, the annual co-production forum will focus on the relationship between the UK and the Ibero-American film industries, in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Film Festival.
The competition titles are as follows: Jules and Dolores by Caito Ortiz (Brazil), A Double Life by Yoshiyuki Kishi (Japan), Train Driver’s Diary [+see also:
interview: Milos Radović
film profile] by Milos Radovic (Serbia/Croatia), Hortensia by Diego Lublinsky, Álvaro Urtizberea (Argentina), Between Us by Rafael Palacio Illingworth (US), After Adderall by Stephen Elliott (US), The Shepherd by Jonathan Cenzual Burley (Spain/UK), Panamerican Machinery [+see also:
film profile] by Joaquin Del Paso (Mexico/Poland), Hotel Dallas [+see also:
film profile] by Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang (Romania/US) and The Violin Player by Bauddhayan Mukherji (India).
In the Best UK Feature competition, films are Long Forgotten Fields by Jon Stanford, For Grace by Sebastian Armesto, Gozo by Miranda Bowen (UK/Malta), AmStarDam by The Lennox Brothers and Five Days on Lesvos by Richard Wyllie. The Best Documentary Feature section includes Growing Up Coy by Eric Juhola (US), A Plastic Ocean by Craig Leeson (UK/Hong Kong/US), A Brilliant Genocide by Ebony Butler (Australia/New Zealand/US/Uganda/UK), Off the Rails by Adam Irving (US/Canada) and Death by a Thousand Cuts by Juan Mejia Botero, Jake Kheel (US/Dominican Republic). Lastly, the Best Feature Debut competition features Dusky Paradise by Gregory Kirchhoff (Germany), Her Composition by Stephan Littger (US/Germany), Kamper [+see also:
film profile] by Lukasz Grzegorzek (Poland), The Farm by Angel Manuel Soto (Puerto Rico) and The Habit of Beauty [+see also:
interview: Mirko Pincelli
film profile] by Mirko Pincelli (UK/Italy).