'Stranger Things' nabs U.K. feature award

LONDON — Rajko Grlic’s tale of middle-aged infidelity “Just Between Us,” a Croatian-Serbian-Slovenian co-production, took the international prize at the Raindance Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

“Stranger Things,” a story about the bond between a woman and a homeless man helmed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal, snapped up the U.K. feature award at the indie fest.

“How to Start a Revolution,” helmed by Ruaridh Arrow, won best docu, while Italian short “Reset,” directed by Nicolangelo Gelormini won for film of the festival.

Other winners included the U.K.’s “Monk3ys,” which won for best microbudget feature, Denmark’s “Words,” which nabbed best international short, and “Love at First Sight,” which won for best U.K. short.

Winners were announced on Saturday night at London’s Apollo Cinema and judged by a jury that included “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” thesp Dexter Fletcher, “Hideous Kinky” helmer Gillies Mackinnon and Brit TV presenter Alex Zane.

“There were some outstanding films across the whole lineup, so selecting winners was especially difficult this year,” said fest director Elliot Grove.

The fest, which ran Sept. 28-Oct. 9, saw a 62% jump in attendance year-on-year. Grove said that the surge was reflective that “the appetite for independent film is thriving.”

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