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Outdoor Screening at Old Spitalfields Market | © East End Film Festival 2017
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The Film Festival Bringing a Slice of NYC's East Village to London

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Updated: 3 April 2018
The 17th edition of the East End Film Festival (EEFF) will launch in London later this month, premiering with Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and with it a 1970s Studio 54 themed afterparty.

Directed by Sara Driver, who was at the forefront of the New York arts scene in the late 70s and 80s, the documentary opens another packed festival programme featuring some of the best films from around the world.

Marlina The Murderer
Marlina the Murderer screening at EEFF 2018 | Image courtesy of EEFF

Once again led by Festival Director Alison Poltock and the team of Dimitris Boutourelis-Grammatikopoulos and Will Swinburne, the new programming panel for 2018 includes writer and film producer Kaleem Aftab, broadcast journalist Jonathan Ali, and BBC Films development exec Rowan Woods.

This year EEFF will close with a series of screenings at Old Spitalfields Market including a showing of recent Oscar-winner Call Me By Your Name.

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There are eight films that have been selected for the competition section of the festival, five of which have female directors – a topic that has been at the forefront of the industry’s focus in recent months.

The UK Premiere of documentary I Am Another You sees award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang crossing America with a young drifter who rejects society’s rules for a life of intentional homelessness.

I Am Another You (dir: Nanfu Wang, USA) | Courtesy of EEFF 2018

A group of teenage girls bond over their shared experiences of loneliness, anorexia and parental issues in the UK Premiere of Venice Film Festival winner Team Hurricane from Danish director Annika Berg. Another UK Premiere, Different Kinds of Rain sees a teenager lock himself in his room for weeks, shutting out his helpless family – a phenomenon called ‘hikikomori’ (the secluded).

A woman tries to reconnect with her estranged son in the UK Premiere of Tigre from Argentina and a group of friends on a camping trip wake up to the fact they’ve all swapped bodies, challenging the idea of South Africa’s Rainbow Nation in High Fantasy.

High Fantasy
High Fantasy (dir: Jenna Cato Bass, South Africa/Luxembourg) | Courtesy of EEFF 2018

Winner of EEFF’s Best Film Award for Halley in 2013, and EEFF Director In Residence 2014, filmmaker Sebastian Hofmann returns to the festival with his second feature, the UK Premiere of Time Share, a tale of two men attempting to rescue their families from a sinister American timeshare conglomerate.

Rotterdam prizewinner The Bangle Seller tells of a husband and wife in a close-knit Indian village trying to keep secret that they cannot conceive a child. Adapted from an award-winning novel, the London Premiere of Daha is the story of a boy who works with his domineering father to smuggle refugees to Europe.

Rio Cinema - Dalston

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Thought-provoking experimental film works occupy Rio Cinema’s basement on three consecutive EXPERIMENTAL SUNDAYS. Situated in the heart of Dalston, arthouse cinema Rio shows a mixture of big-name and smaller, overlooked features. Its cheerful blue exterior and retro architecture attract everyone from families to the area’s signature fashionable yuppies, and its programme of foreign films, baby screenings and big-name blockbusters offers something for everyone. The concessions stand offers homemade cakes and coffee — a nice change from hotdogs and nachos.
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Venues across London’s east end including Castle Cinema, Curzon Aldgate, Genesis Cinema, Rich Mix, Rio Cinema, Stratford East Picturehouse, Andaz Liverpool Street, Old Spitalfields Market, The Old Church Stoke Newington will be used.

Away from the competition, there is also a chance to catch Golden Globe winner In the Fade, which stars Diane Kruger as a vengeful mother and wife in a role that impressed at Cannes last year too.

In The Fade
In the Fade (dir: Fatih Akin, Germany) | Courtesy of EEFF 2018

The Festival runs from April 11-29. For more information or to book tickets, visit the East End Film Festival website.