Raindance Lights a "Fuse" With Winners From 11th Fest
by Wendy Mitchell
The 11th Raindance Film Festival wrapped over the weekend, with the jurynaming Pjer Zalica's "Fuse" from Bosnia-Herzegovina the best feature. "Fuse," set in the tiny village of Tesanj, is about the corruption found after the war, and what happens when the American president comes to visit the region. "Fuse" previously captured prizes at festivals in Sarajevo, Locarno, and Marrakech.
Raindance's audience award went to Mark Munden's "Miranda" (U.K.). In that feature, an English librarian falls for a mysterious, conniving, stranger. "Miranda" stars John Simm, Christina Ricci, John Hurt, and Kyle MacLachlan.
The award for best short went to Jake Knight's "Salaryman 6" (U.K.), best doc was Maziar Bahari's "And Along Came a Spider" (Iran), best debut feature was Thomas Farone's "Nate Dogg" (U.S.), best U.K. feature was Julian Richards' "The Last Horror Movie," and best U.K. short was Edward Bosse's "One Small Leap."
More than 300 films were screened at this year's Raindance festival, held annually in London. Jurors included actress/producer/fashion designer Sadie Frost, programmer and writer Gareth Evans, Metro Tartan exec Laura de Casto, actress Samantha Morton, photographer Rankin, and critic Derek Malcolm.
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