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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VR Arcade

A one-hour session to view the latest in cutting edge film technological was simply not enough time to enjoy the features that Raindance had on offer at the VR Arcade. I really had no idea what I was going to be walking into, but the Hospital Club was certainly dressed up as some sort of…

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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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Death By A Thousand Cuts

Hispaniola is not a very big island. It is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Neither is a rich country, though the Dominicans may be slightly better off. Death By A Thousand Cuts is a documentary charting the contemporary relationship between the two neighbours told through the illegal charcoal industry. Charcoal does not seem…

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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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