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Various London Venues

18 to 29 September, 2019


The Raindance Film Festival is the UK’s biggest independent film festival and is returning to London for its 27th edition between 18 and 29 September 2019.

One of the strands this year is the Arty strand, with titles ranging from an Ai Weiwei documentary to the World Premiere of a film documenting the Knoedler scandal.

Some of the films in the Arty strand are listed below.

  • To see a full list of Feature Strands and films click here.
  • To see the full festival schedule click here.


AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY (dir: Cheryl Haines, Gina Leibrecht, USA) UK Premiere Dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental exhibition on the former American prison island of Alcatraz inspired thousands of visitors to connect with prisoners of conscience worldwide, unlocking the power of simple gestures of empathy, and comforting those who had felt forgotten.

DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION (dir: Daria Price, USA) World Premiere The art world was rocked by the greatest hoax in the history of modern American art: an $80 million forgery that brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was Knoedler’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist, or did she suspect the fake?

WHY ARE WE CREATIVE? (dir: Hermann Vaske, Germany) UK Premiere WHY ARE WE CREATIVE is an exploration of the many facets of creativity – artistic, cultural, political, philosophical, and scientific. A personal road movie through the land of inspiration, featuring many of the world’s most influential creatives, including over fifty Nobel Prize laureates and Academy Award winners.

BEYOND THE BOLEX (dir: Alyssa Bosley, USA/Switzerland) UK Premiere In the early 1920s, Jacques Bolsey aimed to disrupt the film industry with a motion picture camera for the masses: the iconic Bolex. Little was known about the immigrant inventor, but now his great-granddaughter uncovers his forgotten family archive and embarks on a personal quest to reveal his epic story.

FRIEDKIN UNCUT (dir: Francesco Zippel, Italy) UK Premiere An insight into the life and artistic journey of William Friedkin, the extraordinary and offbeat director of cult films including THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST, and SORCERER. For the first time, Friedkin guides us on a fascinating journey through the themes and stories which have influenced his life and career SCREENER LINK AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL REQUEST

SCARS (dir: Didier Cros, France) UK Premiere SCARS gives voice to those whose faces and identities have been altered by chance and destiny, telling stories of men and women that some look at with difficulty. It asks how we can live with the weight of difference, and what disturbing singularities can tell us about our common humanity.

NIGHT CRUISING (dir: Makoto Sasaki, Japan) European Premiere NIGHT CRUISING follows the congenitally blind musician Hideyuki Kato as he pursues the realisation of a short sci-fi film. Working with a wide range of collaborators, his project becomes an interrogation of how sensory environments are perceived and rendered, offering new ways to think through assumptions about cinema and imagination.

MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY (dir: Selina Miles, Australia/USA) European Premiere Three decades after publishing her debut book, SUBWAY ART, New York photographer Martha Cooper discovers that she’s become an unexpected icon of one of the biggest art movements in history.

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