Kamper

Nominated for: Best Feature Debut Kamper, the feature debut from Polish director Łukasz Grzegorzek, is an unpatronisingly modern story of marriage, decisions, and even simply life in general. Kamper (Piotr Żurawski) is a video games tester and a man who, as his name suggests, avoids confrontation in all areas of his life. He and his…

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Raindance Day Five

A whole host of award nominated pictures today, spanning In Competition, Best Debut, and Best UK Feature. The films are massively varied, so I’m sure you’ll have an interesting time reading them all. Which we know you all do… [spacer height=”20px”] Dusky Paradise The Violin Player Hortensia Long Forgotten Fields An Interview: Jon Stanford, Rebecca Birch…

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Dusky Paradise

Nominated for: Best Feature Debut Gregory Kirchhoff’s Dusky Paradise is a staple indie flick. The apathetic Jacob (Kes Baxter) finds himself in a new location (an unnamed paradise), is greeted by an overbearingly curious older neighbour Matteo (Martin Umbach), and eventually stumbles across an adventurous female character, Zoe (Charlotte Krenz). The story has been told…

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Long Forgotten Fields

Nominated for: Best UK Feature Long Forgotten Fields is a film about a soldier returning from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), set in a stunning forest in Shropshire. There is very much a focus on the scenery, perhaps because director Jon Stanford grew up in the area and has used it in the…

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The Violin Player

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films The Violin Player follows a day in the life of a failed Bollywood session violinist whose life revolves around ‘remarkable nothingness’. He catches the attention of a stranger (Adil Hussain) in a train station, who then offers him an opportunity to score his film. What occurs is a truly…

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Hortensia

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films Hortensia is an Argentinian film full of charm, quirkiness, and is somewhat confusing. Let this not deter you, as the eponymous character Hortensia is played by Camila Romagnolo, whose comedic timing is perfect and irreplaceable. Romagnolo is also joined by a superb cast, all of whom are so fit…

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UK Shorts

Dunroamin: 4/5 Nominated for: Best UK Short Film Oliver S. Milburn’s unnerving Dunroamin takes everything that is quintessentially British and puts it, as you might expect, in the form of a black comedy. The two leads were outstanding in their portrayal of a seller and a buyer with an unknown history, deeply evocative of BBC’s…

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