Female directors and “strong female leads” will take centre-stage at this year’s East End Film Festival.
The 18-day programme, announced last week, begins on 11 April and includes screenings at the Hackney venues Rio Cinema, Castle Cinema and Rich Mix.
“A common thread this year is female directors and/or strong female leads confronting matters like injustice, rape and disparity,” said a festival spokesperson.
The opening night gala will feature a screening of The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat at Hackney’s Rio Cinema, followed by a Q&A session with director Sara Driver.
EEFF will also host the UK premiere of In the Fade, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film this year. In a performance that brought her the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress, Diane Kruger plays a woman whose Kurdish husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack.
Golden Globe Best Foreign Language winner IN THE FADE finds its London Premiere at @riocinema on Sat 14 April, followed by a special Q&A w/ filmmaker Fatih Akin. Featuring a Cannes Best Actress award winning performance from Diane Kruger, IN THE FADE is an unforgettable thriller from leading German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On). Filmmaker Fatih Akin is also participating in an exclusive In Conversation event with EEFF. Find out more through the link in our bio! #EEFF2018 #london #Eastlondon #eastend #filmfestival8
Shirley Henderson of Harry Potter and Bridget Jones fame will be seen in the London premiere of Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still. She plays a woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease who must fight to maintain her independence following the death of her husband.
The EEFF’s Best Film Award, awarded to first- and second-time directors, boasts a nominees list of eight films, five of which were made by female directors.
The Spotlight Screening of Pin Cushion will be followed by a panel discussion of the film’s female crew members.
The festival will also close with a weekend of outdoor events at Old Spitalfields Market. Screened films will include Luca Guadagino’s Oscar-winning gay romance Call Me By Your Name and a free programme of New Queer Vision Shorts.
EEFF once again revisits the most beloved film of the past year for its big outdoors screening at @oldspitalfieldsmarket on Friday, 27 April. A film that is as difficult to get over as your first true love, Call Me By Your Name is indeed a modern masterpiece. Find out more about this year's line-up through the link in our bio! #CallMeByYourName #CMBYN #EEFF2018 #london #eastlondon #eastend #filmfestival