Raindance Roundup

Clare Clarke Pick of the Festival: Hortensia Choosing a highlight for me from this Raindance festival was difficult because most of the films I saw were incredibly well made and all very different. However, there was something particularly special about Hortensia. The film was quirky and wildly funny, in a way that has kept me chuckling…

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News From Planet Mars

News from Planet Mars is an uplifting, bracingly absurd take on the everyday struggles of a middle-aged father. With adept performances, visual nous and a funny script with plenty of bite, Dominik Moll’s fifth feature was a fine way to conclude this year’s Raindance festival. Philippe Mars (François Damiens) is a divorced 49 year-old Parisian…

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International Shorts 3

Home – 3.5/5 Arranged marriages are certainly a contentious issue, and this short from Kosovo places the viewer in an uncompromising situation, forced to witness the tragic life of Hava (an almost silent Xhejlane Tërbunja). As her brothers cast her away from the home where she was born, Hava is unmarried and forced to control…

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An Interview: Sam Brown

The producer of ‘Five Days On Lesvos’, Sam Brown, sat down with Elliot Burr and James Baxter-Derrington to discuss an intense five day shoot during last year’s refugee crisis. We must apologise that we were unable to find a picture of Sam, but we thank her for taking the time to talk with us! I saw…

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