Noémie Merlant at the opening of her film NEWCOMER at Raindance

Trying to decide which films to look out for at Raindance Film Festival? That’s why we have put together a festival film keyword page: There’s such a variety of films from over 50 countries.

With a gun at my head, I am going to choose ten films I really want to see, and tell you why!

10. Barrage

Country: Luxembourg/Belgium/France
Showing Times: Mon 25th Sep 20:30, Thu 28th Sep 15:15
Get your tickets to Barrage here:

Troubled young mother Catherine is determined to establish a relationship with her estranged daughter Alba. However, Catherine’s mother Elisabeth is reluctant to allow Catherine back into Alba’s life. Catherine is willing to take some extreme measures, but how will Alba react to the sudden re-appearance of her erratic mother?

9. Discreet

Country: USA
Showing Times: Fri 22nd Sep 20:00, Wed 27th Sep 15:00
Buy tickets to Discreet here

Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.

8. This Is Us

Country: USA
Showing Times: Fri 22nd Sep 13:00, Thu 28th Sep 17:45
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A young woman breaks things off with her boyfriend, but the universe has other plans. Desperate to move on, she is forced to literally relive the memories they’ve shared together. Pin-balling through time and space, she attempts to rewrite their shared history in hopes that she can find the man with whom she first fell in love.

7. High & Outside: A Baseball Noir

Country: USA
Showing Times: Wed 27th Sep 18:30, Sun 1st Oct 12:45
Buy tickets to High & Outside: A Baseball Noir Here

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.

6. Black Hollow Cage

Country: Spain
Showing Times: Fri 22nd Sep 18:30, Sun 24th Sep 15:15
Buy tickets to Black Hollow Cage here

Alice, a thirteen year-old girl, lives with her father in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Secluded and depressed, the girl forms a strong bond with Beatrice, a female wolfhound whom Alice calls ‘Mom’. One day, Alice finds a mysterious cubic device with the ability to alter the past.

5. Transmania

Country: Croatia
Showing Times: Fri 22nd Sep 15:00, Wed 27th Sep 20:00
Buy tickets to Transmania here

Transmania is made by fifteen directors. Each director has continued the story by filming a five minute section of a film, based exclusively on the last minute of the previous one. In this way extreme dramatic twists brings the viewer on the edge of expectation every five minutes.

4. RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save The Planet?

Country: Canada
Showing Times:Thu 21st Sep 20:30, Sun 24th Sep 12:30
Buy tickets to RiverBlue here

RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RiverBlue reveals stunning and shocking images that will forever change the way we look at the clothes we wear.

3. Midnighters

Country: USA
Showing Times:Thu 21st Sep 18:00, Tue 26th Sep 13:00
Buy tickets to Midnighters here

Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay, Midnighters is a layered, enigmatic thriller set in the Gothic backwoods of New England – the perfect place to get away with murder.

2. Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott

Country: USA/Germany
Showing Times: Fri 22nd Sep 18:00, Wed 27th Sep 16:00
Buy tickets to I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott – here

This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest way possible, virtually bankrupting himself in the process.

1. Stuck

Country USA
Buy tickets to Stuck here (including Closing Night Gala party)

A modern musical film about six complete strangers who get stuck underground on a New York City subway. They are of different races, cultures and ages. The emotions of the trapped strangers fly as they reveal who they really are through song.

About 

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance trailer 2017

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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