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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Occupy, Texas

It is difficult to tell where Jeff Barry’s film lies on the spectrum of indie film to commercial feature, but rest assured that Occupy, Texas is a well-told tale which, whilst made on only a £200,000 budget, is certainly a professional feature that warms the heart. Written by and starring Gene Gallerano, the plot follows…

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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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You Are Awake

Nominated for: Best UK Short Film If you want a short that will leave you discomfited, impressed and unsettled, You Are Awake is the film for you. Pedro Martín-Calero’s storyline harnesses the fear of the unknown, in a bizarrely disquieting piece where all of the inhabitants of a small town mysteriously fall asleep and wake…

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Raindance Day Nine

Raindance is drawing to its conclusion as we enter the final weekend, but it is not letting us go without a fight. Two In Competition features, one Documentary nominated, plus two interviews, day nine has not disappointed. [spacer height=”20px”] A Brilliant Genocide The Farm After Adderall An Interview: Stephen Elliot An Interview: Sam Brown

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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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A Brilliant Genocide

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature Contextualising genocide is difficult. The millions (billions?) of words written on the Holocaust attest to the challenge. A Brilliant Genocide manages to successfully tell the story of the most neglected humanitarian crisis since the formation of the United Nations. The salient facts are brought to the fore to create a…

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