by Kiran Rai || Showbiz Reporter
Kiran Rai the freelance journalist, actor and model had the chance to meet and interview the actor from Taken 2 Rade Šerbedžijaha who played the villain by wanting to capture Liam Neeson’s daughter aswell as meeting Nitin Ganatra while Sheikh Salik gets the opportunity to meet his hero Nitin and said ‘ I am happy to meet Nitin, he is a great actor and Kiran Rai has shown me the direction for success and asking him a few questions what he felt about the film ‘In another life’
Raindance Film Festival also announced the majority of its highly anticipated line-up, which includes world, international, European and UK premieres. Celebrating its 25th year, the Festival will take place in London’s West End from September 20th – October 1st, 2017.
Elliot Grove, Raindance Founder said “This year’s 25th anniversary Festival has been made possible by a dynamic relationship with Lexus, who like Raindance, champion pioneering technology, innovation and craftsmanship.”
Raindance Founder Elliot Grove was joined by jury member, actor Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2) as they revealed this year’s competition films in the UK Features, Documentaries, Shorts and Web Series categories, as well as the programme for the hotly anticipated Virtual Reality strand.
The UK Premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, has been announced as the opening night film. The film is a drama-comedy and tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima, a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime and adopts an American alter ego. The Festival’s Closing Night film will be announced later in the month.
The Festival received a record-breaking number of submissions this year from over 120 countries, the highest it has received to date and will screen over 200 projects – including features, shorts, webfest, VR and music videos. A champion of independent filmmaking, Raindance is the largest independent film festival in Europe and has consistently been a great supporter of the UK film industry.
Along with Jamie Campbell Bower, this year’s competition films will be judged by a panel of industry members and film journalists.
To recognize the outstanding achievements of this year’s filmmakers, the jury will go through each of the Feature Films, selected for Official Competition, in the following categories; Best Film, Best Director, Best screenplay, Best Performance.
Films nominated in these categories include the international premiere of Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak’s feature debut, Maya Dardel (USA), starring Lena Olin and Rosanna Arquette, which tells the story of a famous writer, who states her intention to end her own life during an interview on NPR, and invites male writers to compete to become the executor of her estate; The Constitution (Croatia), directed by Rajko Grlic, follows four people who live in the same building but avoid each other due to differences in their assets, sexual habits, nationality and religion; Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s, Mukoku (Japan), tells the story of a security guard, whose best days are behind, until a chance encounter changes everything.