×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Babel’ Writer Guillermo Arriaga to Deliver Raindance Master Class

LONDON — London’s Raindance Film Festival, which runs Sept. 23-Oct. 4, will include a master class by Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, who was Oscar nominated for “Babel.” The festival opens with the world premiere of Kai Barry’s spy thriller “Newcomer.”

Mexico-born Arriaga, whose credits include “Amores Perros” and “21 Grams,” will discuss his craft during two sessions on Oct. 3 and 4. The master class ties in with the festival’s Co-Production Forum, which focuses this year on Mexico.

On Sept. 30 Arriaga will join Guadalajara Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo and Raindance chief Elliot Grove in an onstage talk about the opportunities to co-produce with Mexico.

“Newcomer” stars James Floyd, who won best newcomer at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, and Anthony LaPaglia, who won a Golden Globe for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone in “Without a Trace.”

The movie follows rookie spy Alex, who becomes the subject of an international manhunt following a mistake that costs the lives of his entire team. On the run, Alex must piece together the truth by re-creating the events of the ill-fated mission. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Barry and lead actress Noemie Merlant.

Among the 90 feature-length films at the festival will be the world premiere of “Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire,” an intimate portrait of the poet-musician and rock star, and the U.K. premiere of Mexican film “Alice in Marialand,” starring new Bond Girl Stephanie Sigman, who played the title character in the 2011 film “Miss Bala.”

The digital age features prominently as a theme at the festival, with highlights including Alex Winter’s “Deep Web,” narrated by Keanu Reeves; “Digital Dissidents,” a documentary looking at the rebels of the digital age, featuring Julian Assange and Edward Snowden; and “Social Suicide,” a look at the lengths to which some teenagers go to achieve Internet notoriety.

The festival will culminate in the Raindance Awards ceremony on Oct. 2 with a jury made up of leading industry figures, including Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb; actress Sheridan Smith; and actor Martin Freeman.

Click here for full details of the program.

More Film

  • Jean Francois Helene Etzi

    Disney's French Chief Jean-Francois Camilleri Exiting, Helene Etzi Upped

    Jean-Francois Camilleri is leaving Disney after more than 30 years and will replaced as the head of its French operation by Helene Etzi. Sources said Camilleri’s departure was his own decision. He announced his exit on Twitter, Tuesday, and paid tribute to his team and colleagues at Disney, thanking them for the “unique adventure.” In [...]

  • dumbo Tim Burton

    Film Review: Tim Burton's 'Dumbo'

    The key image in Walt Disney’s 1941 “Dumbo” is something out of a fairy-tale daydream: Dumbo, the baby elephant with long-lashed goo-goo eyes, a cuddly grin, and ears as long and floppy as wings, flapping those ears to soar around a circus big top, flying over the crowds with a freedom as touching as it [...]

  • Guys and Dolls

    'Guys and Dolls' Getting Remade at TriStar (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Guys and Dolls,” the venerable Broadway musical, is set to return to the big screen. TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamblers and gangsters that inspired the shows, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and [...]

  • Captain America: Civil War

    'Black Widow,' 'Little Women,' 'Charlie's Angels' Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (EXCLUSIVE)

    Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 2,” and Elizabeth Banks’s “Charlie’s Angles” are among the ten most tracked projects on IMDbPro. Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), and Susanne Bier (“After the Wedding”) rank among the most widely followed female directors on the [...]

  • European Union Placeholder

    European Parliament Gives Final Approval to Controversial Article 13 Copyright Directive

    The European Parliament on Tuesday gave final approval to Article 13, a controversial part of a wider directive that shakes up the rules around copyright in the European Union. The new rules will have ramifications for online platforms, content owners and creators, and the general public. The proposed new framework, now approved, has sparked widespread [...]

  • Fox Disney Layoffs

    Fox Studio Quickly Fades Away as Disney Starts Work on Integration

    In the waning days of 21st Century Fox, there was a run on the searchlight. As Disney neared the completion of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, employees on the Fox lot rushed into the studio’s gift shop to pick up mugs, shot glasses, sweatshirts, hats and T-shirts emblazoned with 20th Century Fox’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content