Joachim Back’s “Corner Office”, starring “Mad Men” star John Hamm, opens the 30th edition of London’s Raindance Film Festival (October 26 – November 5). Austin Bragg and Meredith Bragg’s “Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game” will close the festival.
To mark its 30th anniversary, Raindance will screen iconic independent films that had their UK premieres at the festival, including ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Memento’, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and ‘Oldboy’.
Special screenings of new films include the world premiere of Stephen Moyer’s “A Bit of Light” (UK), starring Anna Paquin and Ray Winstone; director Moshe Rosenthal takes part in a Raindance masterclass and presents the UK premiere of “Karaoke” (Israel); and the world premiere of Dilshad Husain’s British-Asian feature film ‘Banglatown’.
The UK-produced parts of the festival include Pushan Kripalani’s ‘Goldfish’, Elisabeth Felson’s ‘Night Burns Like Cigarettes’, Finn Bruce’s ‘Swede Caroline’ and Brook Driver, ‘Our River… Our Sky’ by Maysoon Pachachi and ‘Winners’ by Hassan Nazer. ”
Highlights of the festival’s LGBTQIA+ line include Julianna Notten’s “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls” (Canada), Kat Mills Martin’s “Wake Up, Leonard” (US), Marcelo Gomes’ “Paloma” (Brazil-Portugal) and Julián Robles’ “Iguana Like the Sun” (Mexico).
The festival also features horror, documentary, immersive and musical elements, an Academy Award qualification for shorts, and a celebration of Black History Month.
The festival has awards in eight categories: International Film, British Film, Director, Performance, Screenplay, Cinematography, Discovery and Documentary.
Judges include actors Damian Lewis, Tuppence Middleton, Phoebe Fox, Tom Bateman, Naomi Scott, Weruche Opia, Daniel Brühl, Holliday Grainger, Lydia West, Naomie Harris, Lucy Boynton, Colin Morgan, Lara Pulver, Liam Cunningham and Joseph Morgan and different figures.
Venues for 2022 include Curzon Soho, Genesis Cinema, Rio Cinema, and The Garden Cinema. The film schedule will be available across the UK through new streaming partner Bohemia Euphoria.
Raindance founder Elliot Grove said: “Over the past 30 years, British cinema-goers have come to Raindance and have worked with us to create some of the best independent films ever. But it’s not just about discovering now-famous films like this one: a champion of indie cinema in every guise and genre, equally important to us are the underrated, under-the-radar films that you may not see anywhere else but here.”