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Raindance Fest Names its 2017 Feature Lineup, Spotlights on New Voices

The 25th Raindance Film Festival has announced its lineup for feature films in competition for the London-based event that runs from 20th of September to the 1st of October.  The films include:

Maya Dardel
Directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak (USA)

A famous writer claims on NPR that she intends to end her life and male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. Men drive up the mountain and are challenged intellectually and erotically until one discovers Maya’s end game.
Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Nathan Keyes

Mukoku
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Japan) -UK Premiere

Kengo Yatabe’s mother dies and his father is in a coma. He, like his father, was good at kendo. Those days are long gone and he now lofts around as a security guard and generally wastes time. Meeting the young Tooru, Kengo is inspired and decides to shape up.
Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Jun Fubuki, Kaoru Kobayashi

Noise
Directed by Koichiro Miki (Japan) – European Premiere

Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
Cast: Ayami Nakajo, Jun Shison, Yuta Koseki, Yosuke Sugino

The Constitution
Directed by Rajko Grlc (Croatia) – UK Premiere

The story follows four people who live in the same building, but avoid each other because of the differences in their assets, sexual habits, nationality and religion.
Cast: Nebojsa Glogovac, Dejan Acimovic, Ksenija Marinkovic

Hello Again
Directed by Tom Gustafson (pictured) (USA) – UK Premiere

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early ’90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This film adaptation explores 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods of time in New York City history, through 10 lust-fueled episodes.

The Traveller
Directed by Hadi Ghandour (France, Lebanon) – UK Premiere

A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations that he cannot handle.

Swaying Mariko
Directed by Koji Segawa (Japan) – International Premiere

Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir
Directed by Evald Johnson (USA) – World Premiere

In the streets of Los Angeles, a minor league baseball player recklessly claws to keep his dreams alive. Geoffrey Lewis, Phil Donlon, David Yow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Richter and Lindsey Haun star in this dark drama that explores the dangerous nature of living in someone else’s shadow.

Black Hollow Cage
Directed by Sadrac González-Perellón (Spain) – UK Premiere

A girl who lives secluded in a house in the woods with only the company of her father and a wolfhound finds among the trees a mysterious cubic device with the ability to change the past.

Djam
Directed by Tony Gatlif (France)

An emotionally charged storytelling style that spread from poor urban communities in Greece and Turkey to the islands of the Aegean.