Jon Hamm’s “Corner Office” will open the 30th Raindance Film Festival

Joachim Back’s “Corner Office,” starring “Mad Men” star John Hamm, will open the 30th edition of London’s Raindance Film Festival (Oct. 26-Nov. 5). “Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game” by Austin Bragg and Meredith Bragg will close the festival.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Raindance will screen iconic independent films that made their UK premieres at the festival, including ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Memento’, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and ‘Oldboy’.

Special screenings of new films include the world premiere of Stephen Moyer’s ‘A Bit of Light’ (UK), starring Anna Paquin and Ray Winstone; director Moshe Rosenthal will take part in a Raindance masterclass and present the UK premiere of “Karaoke” (Israel); and the world premiere of the British Asian feature “Banglatown” by Dilshad Husain.

The local strand of the festival for UK-produced feature films includes ‘Goldfish’ by Pushan Kripalani, ‘Night Burns Like Cigarettes’ by Elisabeth Felson, ‘Swede Caroline’ by Finn Bruce and Brook Driver, ‘Our River…Our Sky by Maysoon Pachachi and “Winners” by Hassan Nazer. ”

Highlights from the LGBTQIA+ section of the festival include “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls” by Julianna Notten (Canada), “Wake Up, Leonard” by Kat Mills Martin (USA), “Paloma” by Marcelo Gomes (Brazil- Portugal) and “Iguana” by Julián Robles. Like the sun” (Mexico).

The festival also features horror, documentary, immersive and musical streams, an Oscar-qualifying short film stream, and a celebration of Black History Month.

The festival has awards in eight categories: International Film, British Film, Director, Performance, Screenplay, Cinematography, Discovery and Documentary.

Jurors include actors Damian Lewis, Tuppence Middleton, Phoebe Fox, Tom Bateman, Naomi Scott, Weruche Opia, Daniel Brühl, Holliday Grainger, Lydia West, Naomie Harris, Lucy Boynton, Colin Morgan, Lara Pulver, Liam Cunningham and Joseph Morgan and several industries Figures.

The theaters for 2022 are Curzon Soho, Genesis Cinema, Rio Cinema and The Garden Cinema. The film schedule will be available across the UK via new streaming partner Bohemia Euphoria.

Raindance Founder Elliot Grove said: “Over the past 30 years UK film buffs have come to Raindance and joined us to experience some of the greatest independent films ever made. But it’s not just about discovering now famous films like these: a champion of independent cinema in all its forms and genres, just as important to us are the underrated and under-the-radar films that you may not see anywhere else but here.”

Gerald R. Schneider