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Opening night film ‘Princesita’.

The UK’s Raindance Film Festival has revealed the line-up for its 2018 edition (September 26-October 7), with over 80 features and 99 shorts screening at the festival.

The programme includes 31 world premieres, 28 international premieres, 21 European and 81 UK premieres.

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Marialy Rivas’ Chilean drama Princesita about a girl growing up in a cult. It premiered at TIFF in 2017 and is produced by Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula. 

According to the festival, it received a record 8,929 submissions  from 118 countries.

The programme includes a director’s cut of 2017’s George Michael: Freedom, directed by the late singer and David Austin, which will play as the festival’s Gay Times special screening. The new version features over 30 minutes of new material including private footage, performances and insight from Michael’s friends.

Also screening is the UK premiere of Louis Myles’ doc Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football, about a man who escapes a childhood in poverty to fake a life as a football superstar; and the world premiere of Oliver Clark and Blair Macdonald’s Team Khan, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about UK boxer Amir Khan.

The international film competition includes opening film Princesita as well as the world premiere of Lauren McKenzie’s UK thriller We The Kings, about a fostered teenager with a vendetta against the former guardian of his foster brother.

Further world premieres include Jay Alvarez’s Dizzy Pursuit, executive produced by Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

The Raindance Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds strand will host 33 VR experiences, including the world premiere of Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR, which explores a 200-year-old oak tree in the garden of the UK actor, and the  psychological thriller Transference, co-directed by Elijah Wood.

Further highlights include a queer film strand, and a masterclass from filmmaker Allison Anders.

Festival jury

The main competition jury includes UK actors Ray Winstone, Jonathan Pryce, Carmen Ejogo, Juliet Stevenson, Rufus Sewell, Sienna Guillory, Judi Shekoni, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards. 

Also on the jury is Irish dancer Michael Flatley; Screen exclusively revealed the first image from his directorial debut Blackbird, which wrapped production earlier this year.

Chile is the guest country for this year’s festival, with events including a panel discussion with experts from the Chilean film industry, and an ‘Anatomy of a Reel’ presentation from Gonzalo Maza, writer of A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean winner of this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film.

Raindance 2018 programme

Best international film 

  • Princesita - dir. Marialy Rivas (Chile, Arg, Sp)
  • Family - Veronica Kedar (Isr, Ger)
  • Love At Least - Kosai Sekine (Jap)
  • When Margaux Meets Margaux - Sophie Fillières (Fr)
  • We - Rene Eller (Neth, Bel)
  • A Crimson Star - Aya Igashi (Jap)
  • The End Of Wind - Fog Forest (China)
  • Saint Judy - Sean Hanish (US)
  • Saviours - Christopher Greenslate (US)
  • M - Sara Forestier (Fr)

Best UK feature

  • George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut - George Michael, David Austin (UK)
  • Team Khan - Oliver Clark, Blair Macdonald (UK)
  • Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football - Louis Myles (UK)
  • We The Kings - Lauren Mackenzie (UK)
  • Nightshooters - Marc Price (UK)

Best director

  • Princesita – Marialy Rivas
  • Family – Veronica Kedar
  • When Margaux Meets Margaux – Sophie Fillières
  • The End Of Wind – Fog Forest
  • We – Rene Eller

Best performance

  • We The Kings – Timothy West
  • When Margaux Meets Margaux – Sandrine Kiberlain
  • Saint Judy – Michelle Monaghan
  • Princesita – Marcelo Alonso
  • Princesita – Sara Caballero

Best script

  • When Margaux Meets Margaux – Sophie Fillières
  • Princesita – Camila Gutiérrez, Marialy Rivas
  • Family – Veronica Kedar
  • The End Of Wind – Fog Forest
  • We The Kings – Lauren Mackenzie

Best cinematography

  • Princesita – Sergio Armstrong
  • When Margaux Meets Margaux – Emmanuelle Collinot
  • Family – Christian Huck
  • Team Khan – Oliver Clark, Asad Faruqi, Blair Macdonald
  • We – Maxime Desmet

Best discovery

  • Ana By Day - Andrea Jaurrieta (Sp)
  • Borders, Raindrops - Nikola Mijović, Vlastimir Sudar (Bos & Herz, Mont, Serb, Swe, UK)
  • Silent Night - Piotr Domalewski (Pol)
  • Ederlezi Rising - Lazar Bodroza (Serb)
  • We The Coyotes - Hanna Ladoul, Marco La Via (US)

Best documentary

  • Ballet Now - Steven Cantor (US)
  • Nossa Chape - Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist (Braz, Col, Sp)
  • The Artist & The Pervert - Beatrice Behn, René Gebhardt (Ger)
  • Tre Maison Dasan - Denalie Tiller (US)
  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World - Catherine Bainbridge (Can)

Best international short

  • Souls Of Totality
  • June 21
  • Imfura
  • The Last Day Of The Empire
  • Clean Blood

Best UK short

  • Thawed
  • Little Monster
  • Landsharks
  • Ellston Bay
  • Alien Culture