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Il Raindance annuncia il cambio di date e una nuova line-up per il 2024

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- Il duraturo festival britannico, che si svolgerà quest'anno a giugno anziché in autunno come sempre, ha annunciato una serie di anteprime per la sua 32a edizione

Il Raindance annuncia il cambio di date e una nuova line-up per il 2024
Satu - Year of the Rabbit di Josh Trigg

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The 32nd edition of the Raindance Film Festival, which has become a mainstay of the UK festival circuit with its championing of new independent cinema, will this year run from 19-28 June, marking a move from the festival’s traditional autumn positioning. Promising that 90% of the programme will consist of debut features, the Central London-based event has discovery at the heart of its ethos.

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Tilman Singer’s Cuckoo [+leggi anche:
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(Germany/USA) – a twist on the “final girl” trope which bowed at this year’s edition of the Berlinale – and will close with the European premiere of National Anthem by Luke Gifford (USA), about a young construction worker who joins a community of queer rodeo performers in New Mexico.

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Discovery, the festival’s section for “debut features by maverick directors”, will include the world premiere of Josh Trigg’s Satu - Year of the Rabbit (UK). The debut feature is set in Laos and features local actors as it follows an orphaned child labourer on a journey in search of his long-lost mother.

From the international titles selected, there will be a world premiere for Kathleen Is Here by Eva Birthistle (Ireland). The debut feature by Birthistle – also known as an actress for roles in such films as Ken Loach’s Just a Kiss [+leggi anche:
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and John Crowley’s Brooklyn [+leggi anche:
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– depicts the ongoing problems surrounding young adults who age out of foster care. Another world premiere will be on the cards for What You See of Me by Isabelle Caps-Kuhn (Germany), in which a couple stumble into an open relationship that gradually turns into a flurry of jealousy and unforeseen feelings.

The festival’s documentary selection will include the world bow of From My Cold Dead Hands by Javier Horcajada Fontecha (Spain), an exploration of gun culture in the United States, as told from the perspective of the most extreme, wild and crazy advocates for gun ownership via a precisely curated selection of YouTube videos.

Germany will be the Raindance Guest of Honour, as German Films celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2024. Aside from some key festival titles being German (including the opener), special sessions during Raindance’s industry programme will champion the country’s film industry. There will also be a special screening of the Palme d’Or-winning classic The White Ribbon [+leggi anche:
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by Michael Haneke (Germany/Austria/France/Italy/Canada), which will be preceded by a master class with German actor Christian Friedel, who will discuss his role in this and other films, including the recent Oscar winner The Zone of Interest [+leggi anche:
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This year's Raindance Industry Sessions will comprise a collection of workshops, panels and master classes all aimed at emerging filmmakers. The “A Sustainable Production” panel incorporates BAFTA Albert, Film London and sustainability consultants Green Eyes Production. There’ll also be panels with case studies on funding of first and second films, across fiction and documentary as well as shorts, with participants including the BFI Network, Doc Society and The Whickers, plus panels with leading sales and distribution companies demystifying their processes for emerging filmmakers. For the ninth consecutive year, Raindance will also celebrate independent XR creators, game designers, virtual-world builders and performers with the innovative Raindance Immersive programme.

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