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Nominated for: Best UK Feature Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle meets Shrek meets Harry Potter meets Romeo and Juliet. Is that weird enough for you? No? How about if a boy, fathered by that bloke that isn’t Jack Dee from Lead Balloon and a punk version of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace‘s Dr. Liz Asher,…

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An Interview: Mirko Pincelli

Mirko Pincelli, director of The Habit of Beauty, kindly gave some time to speak with Maddie Andrews & James Baxter-Derrington about the film’s screening at Raindance, his history in documentary, and the joy of cinema. Well done for your nomination, that’s so exciting, have you seen any of the others in your category? I’ve seen the trailers.…

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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… Dusky Paradise The Violin Player Hortensia Long Forgotten Fields An Interview: Jon Stanford, Rebecca Birch & Tom…

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An Interview: Jon Stanford, Rebecca Birch & Tom Campion

Jon Stanford, director of ‘Long Forgotten Fields’ and two of his cast members, Rebecca Birch and Tom Campion, kindly joined Clare Clare and James Baxter-Derrington to give an intriguing insight into the creation of the film, discussing everything from PTSD to cold showers. Rebecca Birch: Lead Actress   Jon Stanford: Director Tom Campion: Lead Actor…

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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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Raindance Day Four

Day Four rolls around and I’m sure you get the drift. Another cracking day of features and shorts, so here we are talking about them. Jules and Dolores Between Us El Pastor UK Shorts European Shorts An Interview: Szymon Kapeniak  

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