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Here Are the Young Men to close Raindance Film Festival on November 7th
05 Oct 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Here Are The Young Men
The 28th edition of the Raindance Film Festival will close with the U.K. premiere of Here Are The Young Men, written and directed by Eoin Macken.

The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Rob Doyle, following three Dublin teenagers who leave school to a social vacuum of drinking and drugs, where they fall into acts of transgression. It stars Dean-Charles Chapman (1917), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Finn Cole (Slaughterhouse Rulez), and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street).

The film previously received its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, where it won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award for co-producer Edwina Casey, and at the Giffoni Film Festival, where it was in Official Competition.

Macken will attend the premiere at London’s Vue West End cinema and participate in a Q&A. The venue will have reduced audience capacity in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and masks are compulsory.

John Connor’s poignant documentary Endless Sunshine On A Cloudy Day is also set to feature at the festival. Produced by Cluster Fox Films, the film premiered at the DIFF in March, where it received a standing ovation and the coveted Audience Award for Best Film 2020. Read our interview with Connors and Tiernan Williams discussing Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

As previously announced, the festival will adopt a hybrid model for this edition and will open with David Bowie origin story Stardust.

The closing screening of Here Are The Young Men will be one of six screenings featuring in-person talent. Raindance, which has programmed 50 titles in total, runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7.

“The world has changed dramatically. And with these seismic changes has come the once-in-a-lifetime chance to re-invigorate and innovate,” says Raindance founder Elliot Grove.

“Raindance brings you an entirely new way to look at and appreciate the very best of independent cinema from around the world. In addition to our online offering, we are thrilled to be back on cinema screens with a select number of films, including both opening and closing premieres. There’s no stopping us.”

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