World premiere of Dermaphoria, starring The Vampire Diaries’ Joseph Morgan and Ron Perlman, to open 13th edition of the London festival.
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The line-up for the East End Film Festival (June 13-25) has been revealed.
The 13th edition of the festival - which runs for 13 days - will open on Friday 13th June with the world premiere of Dermaphoria. The US film is the second feature from Ross Clarke, the east London-based filmmaker and DJ who directed homeless documentary Skid Row in 2007 and co-founded music festival Lovebox.
Based on a novel by Craid Clevenger, Dermaphoria follows an experimental chemist who wakes up in a New Orleans jail with amnesia, accused of arson and links to a drug-manufacturing ring. The cast includes Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Walton Goggins (The Shield), Lucius Falick (Dallas Buyers Club), Anwan Glover (The Wire) and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy).
The festival, which coincides with the World Cup in Brazil, will welcome actor and former football star Eric Cantona as a guest. He will accompany You and the Night, a French film directed by Yann Gonzalez that centres on a young couple and their transvestite maid preparing for an orgy.
Maintaining the football theme is experimental feature The Second Game, from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, in which a father talks his son through a snow-hampered Romanian football match from 1988.
New Mexican cinema
This year’s EEFF will feature a special focus on new Mexican cinema. After winning Best Feature with Halley at last year’s festival, Mexican filmmaker Sebastian Hoffman will return as Director-In-Residence and has co-curated the strand.
Titles include Summum Bonnum, the debut feature from Halley DoP Matais Penachino; Club Sandwich from director Fernando Eimbcke; and We Are Mari Pepa from director Samuel Kishi.
Films from around the world includes Jon Favreau’s Chef, which will receive an outdoor screening. The story of a failed LA chef (Favreau) who opens a food truck co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman and John Leguizamo.
Other highlights include Whitewash from Canada’s Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais; French cop thriller Tip Top from Serge Bozon; Polanski-esque thriller Whispers Behind the Wall from Germany’s Grzegorz Muskala; Spanish heist movie The Distance from Sergio Caballero; and South African street kids documentary Angels in Exile, narrated by Charlize Theron.
Domestic titles in the line-up includes Greyhawk, directed by Guy Pitt, in which a disillusioned army veteran hunts for his lost guide dog on an east London council estate; and Afghan refugee drama Leave to Remain, starring Toby Jones and directed by Bruce Goodison.
Other films include the first live action feature from Romanian animator Anca Damian, A Very Unsettled Summer, which blurs the lines between fiction and reality in the tale of a British writer in Bucharest; and Hong Khaou’s cross-cultural film Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw.
There will also be the world premieres of cops-and-drug-dealers drama Hackney’s Finest, directed by Chris Bouchard; and Rockabilly barbershop documentary Stay Greasy, directed by Sintheticboi and Jonathan Lowe.
Ex-Daily Star journalist Rich Peppiatt’s One Rogue Reporter expands on his satirical stage show and sets out to sting tabloid journalists.
Coming of Age focus
Marking its 13th edition, EEFF will screen teen-focused world cinema including Class Enemy, from Solvenia’s Rok Bickek; White Shadow from Noaz Deshe; and Metalhead from Icelandic director Ragnar Bragason.
Other titles include Tonight and the People, from French director Neil Beloufa; Palo Alto, based on a story by James Franco and directed by Gia Coppola; and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s recounting of his own life in the Dance of Reality. The festival has invited the director to London for the festival screening.
EEFF’s industry sessions will return including Mind the Gap, digital lab Emerge, youth festival Cutting East and a series of cross-platform music and arts events.
A Curious Life (dir: Dunstan Bruce, UK)
A Message To The World… Whatever Happened to Jesse Hector? (dir: Caroline Catz, UK)
Dermaphoria (dir: Ross Clarke, UK/USA)
Godard And Others (dir: Barry Bliss, UK)
Hackney’s Finest (dir: Chris Bouchard, UK)
Hot Wings (dir: Mitch Panayis, UK)
King Of The Road: Peter Pickles And The… (dir: Patrick Steel, UK)
Mass E Bhat (dir: Richard York, Hannan Majid, UK)
Summum Bonum (dir: Matias Penachino, Mexico/USA)
Stay Greasy (dir: Jonathan Lowe, Melanie Malherbe, UK)
Taking the Dog for a Walk (dir: Antoine Prum, UK)
The Befuddled Box of Betty Buttifint (dir: Janis Pugh, UK)
The Buskers & Lou (dir: Alex Cassun, UK)
The Process (dir: Joshua Baker, UK)
You (Us) Me (dir: Max Sobol, UK)
Angels In Exile (dir: Bill Raftery, South Africa)
Casablanca Calling (dir: Rosa Rogers, UK/Morocco)
Castles Made Of Sand (dir: Mungo Benson, UK)
Getting Go, the Go Doc Project (dir: Cody James Krueckeberg, USA)
Just Play (dir. Dimitri Chimenti, Palestine, France Italy)
Limo Ride (dir: Gideon C. Kennedy and Marcus Rosentrater, USA)
The Notorious Mr. Bout (dir: Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin, Russia/USA)
The Winding Stream (dir: Beth Harrington, USA)
A Very Unsettled Summer (dir: Anca Damian, Romania/UK)
Blood Ties (dir: Guillaume Canet, France/USA)
Blue Caprice (dir: Alexandre Moors, USA)
Cherry Pie (dir: Lorenz Mrez, Switzerland)
I Dream Of Wires (dir: Robert Fantinatto, Canada/UK/USA)
Free Range (dir: Veiko Ounpuu, Estonia)
Gold (dir: Niall Heery, Ireland)
Here & Now (dir: Lisle Turner, UK)
Little Crushes (dir: Aleksandra Gowin and Ireneusz Grzyb, Poland)
Malaventura (dir: Michel Lipkes, Mexico)
Mars at Sunrise (dir: Jessica Habie, Palestine/USA)
P3nd3j0s (dir: Raúl Perrone, Argentina)
Potosí (dir: Alfredo Castruita, Mexico)
Rhymes For Young Ghouls (dir: Jeff Barnaby, Canada)
Tip Top (dir: Serge Bozon, France/Belgium/Luxembourg)
The Distance (dir: Sergio Caballero, Spain)
The Gambler (dir: Ignas Jonynas, Lithuania/Latvia)
The Second Game (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)
The Tunnel (dir: Domenico Favata, Jody Vandenburg, UK)
Tonight And The People (dir: Neil Beloufa, France/USA)
We Are Mari Pepa (dir: Samuel Kishi, Mexico)
Whispers Behind The Wall (dir: Grzegorz Muskala, Germany)
White Shadow (dir: Noaz Deshe, Tanzania/Germany/Italy)
Whitewash (dir: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Canada)
You And The Night (dir: Yann Gonzalez, France)
Bastardo (dir. Nejib Belkadhi, Tunisia)
Beautiful Noise (dir: Eric Green, USA)
Club Sandwich (dir: Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico)
Concerning Violence (dir: Göran Olsson, Sweden)
Goodbye Gauley Mountain (dir: Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle, USA)
Greyhawk (dir: Guy Pitt, UK)
Hide And Seek (dir: Joanna Coates, UK)
Metalhead (dir: Ragnar Bragason, Iceland)
Non-Fiction Diary (dir: Yoon-suk Jung, South Korea)
One Rogue Reporter (dir: Rich Peppiatt, Tom Jenkinson, British)
Palo Alto (dir: Gia Coppola, USA)
Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (dir: Alex Holmes, Australia)
The Dance Of Reality (dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile)
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (dir: Brian Knappenberger, USA)
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (dir: Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins, USA)