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Press Release: Raindance Film Festival 2011 London

Wednesday 28th September – Sunday 9th October Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Another Earth – the critically-acclaimed breakout hit at this year’s Sundance. Directed by Mike Cahill, the haunting indie sci-fi drama, released by Fox Searchlight, was co-written and stars one-to-watch newcomer Brit Marling Alongside William Mapother (Lost).

The full line-up of feature films boasts over 90 UK premieres from 36 countries, including more than 30 international premieres, and a further 137 shorts, cementing Raindance’ position as Europe’ leading independent film festival specialising in edgy and alternative films by first-time filmmakers. For full listing, click here.

Since 1994 Raindance has uneashed some of the most potent and exceptional Japanese films and filmmakers onto the British public. This year is no exception. Discover the best indie films Japan has to offer:

Body Temperature

"Body Temperature" (Image courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

European Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 72 mins

Director: Takaomi Ogata

Cast: Chavetaro Ishizaki, Rin

Synopsis: Rintaro is living  peacefuly with a beloved doll “Ibuki” until he meets and falls in love with Rinko, a club hostess, who looks exactly like “Ibuki”.

Screening: Friday 30 September 4 :15pm

Control Tower

European Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 68 mins

Director: Takahiro Miki

Cast: Kento Yamasaki, Ai Hashimoto, Miyuki Matsuda

Synopsis: The story of youth.
Kakeru, a 15 year old boy, and Mii (Little My), a female transfer student. They are two lonely teens who cannot find their place in life, but who gradually
learn to relate to each other through the power of music.

Screening : Sunday 9 October, 2 :15pm

Kaidan Horror Classics:

"Arm" (Image courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

UK Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 160 mins

Synopsis: This omnibus feature film composed of 4 haunting stories written by Japanese literary magnates revisits and revives this culture through the hands of today’s most talented Japanese directors.

Screening slot 1 : Thursday 6 October, 8 :45pm

Screening slot 2 : Friday 7 October, 8 :45pm

First slot

  • The Whistler:

Running time: 35 mins

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Cast: Aoba Kawai, Eri Tokunaga

  • The Arm

Running time: 43 mins

Director: Masayuki Ochiai

Mitsuru Hirata, Sei Ashina

Second Slot

  • The Nose

Running time: 33 mins

Director: Sang-il Lee

Yutaka Matsushige, Haruka Igawa, Hayate Koyama

  • The Days After

Running time: 49 mins

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Ryo Kase, Yuri Nakamura, Takeru Shibuya


"Press" (Image courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

UK Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 74 mins

Director: Kazuyuki Akashi

Cast: Aiko Honda, Erisa Yanagi, Makiko Hirano

Synopsis: Kumi, after hitting her farther, can no longer go to school. She spends her days on a riverbank which is also the favorite place of her father’s mistress.

Screening : Wednesday 5 October, 4pm


UK Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 96 mins

Director: Katsumi Sakaguchi

Cast: Mariko Hirano, Aimi Kobayashi, Miyuki Komagata

Synopsis: A girl was raped at 15, and gave birth to her daughter. 17 years later, mother, daughter, and grandfather live a meagre life together in their van.

Screening: Sunday 2 October, 2:30pm


"Synchronicity" (Image courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

International Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 80 mins

Director: Joe Tanaka

Cast: Katsuya Kobayashi, Issui Miyamoto, Ichiro Hashimoto

Synopsis: A story about a boy and a girl loafing around in Tokyo . They come to be subjected to severe trials.

Screening : Saturday 8 October, 6 :45pm | Sunday 9 October, 10 :30am

The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps (Documentary)

European Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 82 mins

Director: Masanori Tominaga

Cast: Matsuo Ohno, Open Reel Ensemble, Maki Nomiya (Pizzicato Five)

Synopsis: The man who created the sounds of the future, Legendary sound designer Matsuo Ohno in 1963, animated TV show “Astro Boy” hit the airwaves – and it all began from here.

Screening : Tuesday 4 October, 6 :45pm | Wednesday 5 October, 12pm

Youth H2“Come As You Are”

"Youth H2: Come As You Are" (Courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

International Premiere

Country: Japan

Running time: 102 mins

Director: Kota Yoshida

Cast: Taketo Serizawa, Nagisa Umeno, Saya Yasuda

Synopsis: Haruo Yasuoka is an actor, but works in a rental DVD shop to earn a living. When the beautiful“Momose” starts working there, Haruo is confronted by his attraction to her, although his strict eductation inables him to do anything about it. When Haruo asks his roommate “Non” to help him with his problem, her passion for him brings her to accept the proposition.

Screening : Saturday 1 October, 4 :30pm


Tickets to the festival are on sale at: www.raindance.co.uk

Prices: £5 weekday matinees, £10 Weekday Evenings, £10 Weekends

Festival Passes: £149 (all access except opening and closing galas)

For more information, visit the Raindance Film Festival 2011 official website.

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