As the 20th Raindance Film Festival (26 September – 7 October) comes to a close prizes were handed to films across a number of categories. The quality of films screening this year was extremely high. There were enthralling documentaries and captivating stories from all over the world selected from nearly 4000 submissions.
Congratulations to all the winners!
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Laurentie by Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie – Canada, 120min
Meet Louis. He’s in his late twenties, a morose recluse with few social skills and a sense of being cut off from the people around him. Being in a highly sociable environment – like a party – makes him sweat, especially when that party is hosted by his confident, outgoing and attractive American neighbour. Things get worse as Louis splits from his girlfriend and begins to lose control, distancing himself from the people around him and making more and more regrettable decisions.
BEST UK FEATURE
Love Tomorrow by Christopher Payne – UK, 80min
Set in present day London, Love Tomorrow is the story of an ex-ballet dancer, whose life is turned upside down after receiving devastating news concerning her fiancé Dominic. Wandering the underground in a torment of pain and anger, a chance encounter with a charismatic Cuban dancer Oriel, offers a temporary distraction. Oriel overlooks her engagement ring and suggests she spends some time with him. Desperately needing time to decide what to do and unwilling to go home, she agrees. What follows is an intense encounter between two desperate strangers, both consciously and unconsciously helping each other as they face the most serious dilemmas of their lives.
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Indebted by Márton Jelinkó – Finland, 94min
A tale of the lengths people will go for money, not out of greed, but out of fear. Indebted is the bleak tale of Elli (Heidi Linden), a biology student with mounting bills, currently working two jobs but still struggling to make ends meet. When a one night stand misunderstands the nature of their encounter and leaves her €300 she succumbs to the idea of prostituting herself to make money.
Ballroom Dancer by Christian Bonke, Andreas Koefoed – Denmark, 80min
Ballroom Dancer is a stylish documentary following the celebrated Russian artiste Slavik Kryklyvyy on a journey to reinstate his former position of glory. Kryklyvyy retired from the professional ballroom circuit some years back due to injury, but the film captures him gambling on a return with a new, yet already long-suffering partner Anna Melnikova, in both the professional and personal senses.
BEST UK SHORTS
The Pub by Joseph Pierce – UK, 8min
A day caught up in the murky slipstream of a North London pub.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORTS and FILM OF THE FESTIVAL (Short)
Buzkashi Boys by Sam French – Afghanistan, 28min
Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi – a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat – Buzkashi Boys is a ground-breaking narrative film about two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, who strive to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.
FILM OF THE FESTIVAL (Feature)
How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? by Gary King – USA, 104min
How do you write a Joe Schermann song? is an original musical that takes a unique look at love, artistic inspiration and relationships through a composer’s journey in writing the score to an Off-Broadway show.