Hunter Schafer’s Cuckoo to open Raindance Film Festival 2024

still from the 2024 film cuckoo
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The Raindance Film Festival has announced its earlier-than-usual 2024 programme, with Hunter Schafer’s Cuckoo as the opening gala.

The 32nd Raindance Film Festival has announced its full programme for 2024, with Hunter Schafer’s horror-thriller Cuckoo serving as the indie festival’s opening gala film.

Moving away from its traditional autumn placement in the festival calendar, Raindance is occupying the (theoretically) sunnier mid-summer slot of 19th-28th June, with Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, and The Prince Charles Cinema in central London, and Genesis Cinema in east London all putting on screenings.

2024’s opening gala film, Cuckoo, stars Hunter Schafer as a 17-year-old who is forced to leave her American home to live with her father and his new family as they move to a resort in the German Alps, managed by Dan Stevens as the resort’s mysterious boss.

Raindance founder Elliot Grove says: “Ever since Raindance launched back in 1993, year after year Raindance has developed a reputation as the place to discover and be discovered. With our newly determined and defined focus on first and second-time filmmakers, we continue our campaign of championing new voices and the edgy, under-the-radar films that we at Raindance love so much. Come and join our midsummer celebration of the very best new indie cinema and see what you discover. All we are saying is give film a chance.”

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Check out the full Raindance 2024 programme here.

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