Top Ten: Raindance Films

This entry is part 30 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

My series on the 19th Raindance Film Festival has now come to an end. In the past couple of weeks I’ve brought you 23 movie reviews and 3 interviews, over on Twitter I’ve had some great discussions with directors and fellow movie-goers….

The Fifth Commandment (El Quinto Mandamiento)

This entry is part 28 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

There’s a great exchange in the very first episode of the The West Wing where Toby argues with a Christian fundamentalist about the order of the Ten Commandments. As President Bartlet points out later in the scene the first commandment is “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me”…

No Return (Sin retorno)

This entry is part 23 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

The strands at Raindance Film Festival in 2011 were all based on the region of origin of the movies shown, but there were other connecting themes that linked films across the official strands. One which particularly appealed to me was the exploration of justice, guilt and punishment….

The Box

This entry is part 15 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

The war in the early 1990s and the break-up of the former Yugoslavia casts a long shadow over the culture of the Balkans. It’s no surprise that film-makers in the region are creating work which reflect the time…

By Day and By Night (De Dia y De Noche)

This entry is part 14 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

The world’s population is getting bigger and bigger every day. Our resources are threatened and in some towns and cities there are simply too many people for the local infrastructure to manage …

Amnesty (Amnistia)

This entry is part 11 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

As I expected, my time at the Raindance Film Festival is exposing me to films I would never normally choose to go and see. Not because they aren’t worth seeing but simply because they would never normally have come onto my radar, not being amongst the blockbusters showing at the local multiplex…