As festival season approaches, the East End Film Festival is returning to it’s usual spring slot to deliver another celebration of some of the best films the world has to offer this year. Let’s take a look at this year’s line up.
Opening the festival this year is Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a documentary exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s shaped his vision. Closing out the show this year will be an outdoor showing of the critically acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, as well as program of New Vision Queer Shorts.
In competition this year, titles include documentary I Am Another You, the story of Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang crossing America with drifter who chooses to be homeless; teenage dramas Team Hurricane (Denmark) and Different Kinds of Rain (Germany), tackling subjects such as loneliness, anorexia, isolation and parental issues; Tigre (Argentina), the story of a mother trying to connect with her estranged son, and High Fantasy (South Africa/Luxembourg), where a group of friends on a camping trip wake up in each other’s bodies, challenging the idea of South Africa’s Rainbow Nation. The winner of last year’s competition, Sebastian Hoffman, is returning with his second feature Time Share (Mexico/Netherlands), the story of two men attempting to save their families from a sinister American timeshare conglomerate. Finally, there’s also The Bangle Seller/ Balekempa (India), the tale of a couple in a close knit village trying to hide the fact that they cannot conceive a child, and Daha (Turkey), based on an award winning novel about a boy helping his domineering father smuggle refugees to Europe.
UK premiers taking place at this year’s festival include In the Fade (Germany), for which star Diane Kruger receive Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Other premieres include Super November (UK), written by and starring Skins actress Josie Long, revenge tale Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand), Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion (UK), Never Steady, Never Still (Canada), Revenge (France), Freddie Foreman documentary Fred (UK), coming of age football memoir The Bromley Boys (UK), and Blerta Ziqiri’s The Marriage (Kosovo).
Taking place from 11th-29th April, visit www.eastendfilmfestival.co.uk for more information, and see if you can make it down for some excellent cinema.