Raindance line-up announced

Here Comes The Devil to open 20th edition of the independent film festival.

by Amber Wilkinson

The programme for the 20th edition of the Raindance Film Festival has been announced.

The festival will open at the London's Apollo Cinema with the international premiere of Mexican fantasy horror Here Comes The Devil on September 26 and close with the UK premiere of 7 Crates on October 7.

This year’s lineup includes 105 features and more than 138 shorts, featuring 19 world premieres and 24 directorial debuts from 38 countries.

Festival Founder Elliot Grove said: “This year’s collection of outstanding films proves that despite the difficult international economic climate, independent filmmakers continue to amaze, impress and entertain.”

Among the homegrown talent on display will be Tomi Conti starrer City Slacker, heist film Confin, starring Daisy Lowe and Christopher Payne's Love Tomorrow.

A spotlight on Quebec will include Over My Dead Body, a documentary on enfant terrible of the dance world, Dave St. Pierre who also suffers from cystic fibrosis and The Salesman about the perennial car salesman of the month, starring Gilbert Sicotte.

Meanwhile the Raindance Symphony Orchestra strand is dedicated to music and alternative culture and this year features My Father And The Man In Black - presenting the untold story of ‘bad boy’ Johnny Cash and his talented but troubled manager Saul Holiff - and Soundbreaker, about Finland’s most daring contemporary musician Kimmo Pohjonen.

In addition, Raindance will welcome Fight Club novelist Chuck Palahniuk to the festival. He will introduce his short film Romance, which is based on one of his stories as well as host a fund-raising dinner for the Independent Film Trust (IFT), the UK charity which works to promote the cause of independent filmmaking.

There will also be retrospectives of French auteur Chris Marker - represented by three films never seen in the UK, including Sunless and Level 5 - and Trent Harris, who is best known for Plan 10 From Outer Space.

For more information visit the official site and you can read our coverage from the festival, here<./a>.

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