The 2017 Raindance Film Festival is upon us!
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the UK’s largest independent film festival this year features a wide-ranging selection of LGBT+ movies showing throughout its run from 20 September to 1 October.
The Misandrists – Bruce LaBruce, Germany, UK Premiere
The Misandrists refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. When a young man, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female stronghold, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. Cast: Susanne Sachsse, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke
Mist – Max Zunino, Mexico, Germany, International Premiere
Martina feels trapped in Mexico City. Her feelings of entrapment and confusion only grow when she falls pregnant. At a loss, Martina decides to go to Berlin in search of her baby’s father, but the trip will reveal much more about her own identity. Cast: Sofia Espinosa, Cesar Ramos, Dieter Rita Scholl
The Dark Mile – Gary Love, UK
Claire and Louise ascend from London to the rural Scottish Highlands, coping with personal tragedy, running from the past. While the placid atmosphere suits Louise, Claire is partially stuck in her prior world, attached by phone and email to the modern world as if by an umbilical cord. Claire and Louise’s lesbian relationship creates another, albeit largely unspoken, conflict with the local residents. During their stay, both their relationship and physical safety is threatened by their surroundings. Cast: Rebecca Calder, Deirdre Mullins, Finlay MacMillan, Paul Brannigan, Sheila Hancock
Discreet – Travis Mathews, USA, UK Premiere
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. Cast: Jonny Mars, Atsuko Okatsuka, Joy Cunningham, Jordan Elsass, João Federici
Apricot Groves – Pouria Heidary Oureh, Armenia, UK Premiere
Aram, an Iranian Armenian, has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. Now, with the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What follows is a moving story of sacrifice and compromise for the sake of love. Cast: Pedram Ansari, Narbe Vartan, Samvel Sarkisyan
Boys For Sale – Itako, Japan, UK Premiere
Screen on 28th September includes Q & A with producer Ian Thomas Ash. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district are bars specializing in “Urisen” – young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews interspersed with animation detailing the awkward, unnerving, and sometimes funny situations these sex workers experience, the boys for sale boldly tell their stories of life in the Tokyo underground.
Rebels on Pointe – Bobbi Jo Hart, UK Premiere
Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the notorious, all male, drag ballet company founded in New York City in 1974 on the heels of the Stonewall riots. Cast: Les Ballets, Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Chase Johnsey, Robert Carter, Carlos Hopuy, Raffaele Morra
The Joneses – Moby Longinotto, International Premiere
The story of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender divorcee, and her family in ‘bible belt’ Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two sons in her trailerpark home, Jheri embarks on a journey to reveal herself to her grandchildren while son Trevor begins a journey of his own. Cast: Jheri Jones, Trevor Jones, Brad Jones, Wade Jones, Nick Jones
For more information on the LGBT+ films showing at Raindance Film Festival, visit their website.