(Photo: Another Earth)
Raindance Film Festival has announced that this year’s festival will open with the UK premiere of Another Earth – the critically-acclaimed breakout hit at this year’s Sundance.
The haunting indie sci-fi drama, released by Fox Searchlight, will lead a line-up of over 80 UK premieres including more than 30 international premieres from over 25 countries, cementing Raindance’s position as Europe’s leading independent film festival specialising in edgy and alternative films by first time filmmakers.
Directed by Mike Cahill, Another Earth was co-written and stars one-to-watch newcomer Brit Marling alongside William Mapother (Lost). On the night that a duplicate planet Earth is discovered in the solar system, an ambitious young astrophysics student (Marling) and an accomplished composer (Mapother) cross paths in a tragic accident and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. It will be released in the UK in December 2011.
“We’re thrilled that Another Earth will open this year’s festival. It’s an incredible film made by first-time filmmakers on a limited budget, and testament to the potential of independent film talent to wow the big studios. For 19 years, Raindance has been showcasing the best in independent film giving audiences the chance to see the world through a different lens.” said Elliot Grove, Festival Director and Founder of Raindance.
The full programme of feature length films, shorts and docs will be announced on 6th September. The line-up includes titles from across the genres with an emphasis on extreme filmmaking – from psychological thrillers, road movies and black comedies to erotic films and cutting edge docs and shorts. As in previous years, the Way Out East strand will showcase the latest cult offerings from Japan, while a selection of Southeastern European films will see a new generation of filmmakers from the region bring their films to London.