Mexican Film Season @ London Raindance Festival . 26 Sept – 6 Oct

Raindance Film Festival is Europe’s leading independent film festival. Started in 1993 and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012. Raindance is listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’. Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. There will be a total of SEVEN Mexican films at this year’s festival.

Remember, you can purchase a Festival Pass to access ALL the films instead of buying tickets for each screening.

26 September:

European Premiere of ‘Here Comes the Devil’ followed by After-party at Cafe de Paris featuring The Real Tuesday WeldTickets just £20.00 Book Online Here or call 0207 831 4221 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm).

The latest film from young Argentinian horror director, Adrian Garcia Bogliano sees him branching out into the realm of the supernatural thriller with Here Comes The Devil. The film recounts the tale of a young couple and their children who are on vacation in Tijuana, Mexico. While they visit a mountainous area on the outskirts of the city for the day, they hesitantly agree to let their young son and daughter explore a nearby cave on condition they arrive back on time at the meeting point.

Venue: Cineworld Haymarket (63-65 Haymarket, Westminster, London SW1Y 4RL)

Time: 6pm, followed by After-Party with Live Music

Price: £20 (film + after-party) Buy Tickets

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27 September:

My Universe in Lower Case. The acclaimed directional debut of Hatuey Viveros tells the story of Aina, a girl from Spain who arrives in Mexico City in search of her father. However, the only reference she holds is an old childhood picture with a note at the back saying ‘Our house at 37 Juarez Street’. As Aina comes to realise, every district in that vast city has its own Juarez street. Determined to succeed, Aina explores every road bearing that name, immersing herself in one of the biggest and most crowded cities in the world.

Booking in person at the cinema / Telephone Booking: call 0871 224 0242 – but don’t delay. Screenings sell out.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date:  4pm

Tickets: £5 Buy Tickets

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29 September

Die Standing Up. This is a powerful and surprising documentary film by renowned journalist and sociologist Jacaranda Correa, who uses her research skills to introduce the unique story of Irina Layevska. Through a fragmented narrative, Correa presents two stories, apparently unrelated, with a shocking and most surprising link between them.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date: 3pm

Price: £5 Buy Tickets

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30 September

Flower in the Slime. Following the death of her stepmother, fourteen-year-old Marlene is left in the hands of a middle-class couple in Mexico City. Her new father figure is renowned biochemist, Augusto, whose marital life is interrupted by the sudden presence of a fresh and innocent teenage beauty.  And with her delicate and subtle charm, it doesn’t take long for Marlene to seduce him.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date: 3:15pm

Price: £5 Buy Tickets

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2 October:

My Universe in Lower Case. The acclaimed directional debut of Hatuey Viveros tells the story of Aina, a girl from Spain who arrives in Mexico City in search of her father. However, the only reference she holds is an old childhood picture with a note at the back saying ‘Our house at 37 Juarez Street’. As Aina comes to realise, every district in that vast city has its own Juarez street. Determined to succeed, Aina explores every road bearing that name, immersing herself in one of the biggest and most crowded cities in the world.

Booking in person at the cinema / Telephone Booking: call 0871 224 0242 – but don’t delay. Screenings sell out.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date:  9pm

Tickets: £5 Buy tickets

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4 October:

Donkeys. The directorial debut of Odín Salazar is an artistic, almost poetic portrayal of the story of Lautaro, a ten-year-old boy on the verge of losing his innocence when his father is murdered. Within a rural setting and using a mix of fantasy and reality, the director shows the breakdown of a family and the determined strength of a child in overcoming the death of his father.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date:  9pm

Tickets: £5 Buy tickets

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5 October:

Barbarous Mexico. Within the framework of the bicentennial celebration of Mexican Independence, filmmaker Luis Rincón demonstrates that, despite its abolition two centuries ago, networks of slavery still remain in Mexico today. The director reveals this shocking modern day phenomenon by exposing us to the atrocious working conditions found in some rural areas of Mexico; conditions which are totally at odds with the promise of human rights in modern society.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date:  5:30pm

Tickets: £10 Buy tickets

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6 October:

Brilliant Soil. For centuries craft pottery has been one of the main activities of the indigenous Purépechas people from the northwest of Mexico. During colonial times the Spanish introduced the use of lead to the manufacturing process. Despite the knowledge that lead is a highly toxic ingredient, local craft potters have continued to use it in their glazes and as a result, they and their families have suffered the inevitable and irreparable health consequences.

Venue: Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus (19 Lower Regent Street SW1Y 4LR)

Time/Date:  3:15pm

Tickets: £10 Buy tickets

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