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East End Film Festival Announces Line-Up


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The East End Film Festival has announced its line-up for the 2018 edition of the festival.

Sara Driver’s Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a documentary about the eponymous New York artist, will open the festival on 11th April.

Team Hurricane, Annika Berg’s feature-film debut which won her the Circolo del Cinema di Verona Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival, will be in competition for the festival’s Best Film Award. It will be competing with previous winner Sebastian Hofmann’s thriller drama Time Share, starring Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte, and Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s documentary I Am Another You. Also in competition are Argentina’s Tigre; South Africa’s High Fantasy; Germany’s Different Kinds of Rain; India’s Balekempa; and Turkey’s Daha. The competition line-up includes five woman-directed films.

This year’s festival sees the inaugural Mind The Gap Transit Film Award, to be launched at the opening night gala. The award of £10,000 will be awarded to a director currently working on their second feature film so as to help fund the film. The award was created with director John Jencks.

Among the high-profile premieres are Germany’s Golden Globe-winning In the Fade, directed by Fatih Akin, Never Steady, Never Still from Canada, directed by Kathleen Hepburn, and French thriller Revenge, directed by Mouly Surya. The festival said that they wished to highlight female directors and strong female leads “confronting matters like injustice, rape and disparity”.

Other activities include Abolition or Reform?, “an evening of voltaic uneasy electronics and AV performances”, London Unplugged, a screening of eleven female-led short films all set in London, and a 35th anniversary screening of Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames.

The East End Film Festival will take place between 11th and 29th April. View the full programme and buy tickets here.

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