East End Film Festival: 5 must-see films & events

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WHAT'S ON

By Lucia Blash

1 Dermaphoria plus Q&A with director Ross Clarke and star Ron Perlman
Friday, June 13, 7pm

East End Film Festival opens with the world premiere of New Orleans-set drama Dermaphoria, a first feature from Ross Clarke.

Based on a novel by American author Craig Clevenger, the film follows the story of a man who wakes up in jail accused of arson with no memories. He is given an hallucinogenic drug that helps him remember his former life but it creates other problems.
Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road E1 4UJ, genesiscinema.co.uk

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2 Lilting
Wednesday June 18, 8.45pm
When Kai dies, his lover Richard (Ben Whishaw) reaches out to Junn, Kai's Chinese-Cambodian mother. Unaware of her son's sexuality, and unable to speak English, she slowly comes to acknowledge, understand and share Richard's grief, in this subtly, minimally drawn debut from Hong Khaou. Previously supported by the Tower Hamlets Film Fund (then connected to the East End Film Festival) for his 2006 short film Summer, Khaou's film explores the limits of language to express emotion, and the ways that loss can bring the walls down. 
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE, picturehouses.co.uk

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3 Leave To Remain
Thursday, June 19, 6.30pm

Social discrimination and adjusting to life in the UK are given powerful, emotive force in Leave to Remain, the debut feature from award-winning TV director Bruce Goodison. Featuring acclaimed British actor Toby Jones and a cast of amateur actors, who workshopped their characters over three years with Goodison, Leave to Remain is set in an East End shelter for homeless teens and follows the young refugees as they try to settle into life in the UK.
genesiscinema.co.uk

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4 Palo Alto
Friday, June 20, 8.45pm
Sunday, June 22, 8.45pm

Based on James Franco's book, Gia Coppola's directorial debut charts the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in Franco's home suburb in California. The story follows April (Emma Roberts), a teenager who embarks on a complex affair with her high school soccer coach (Franco), Teddy, the artistically minded classmate who yearns for her, and his best friend Fred, who is on the edge. This is a brilliantly drawn vision of confused youth from yet another talent to come out of the Coppola stable.
Aubin Cinema, 64-66 Redchurch Street E2 7DP aubincinema.com and Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE, picturehouses.co.uk

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5 You And The Night plus Q+A with director Yann Gonzalez and Eric Cantona
Saturday June 21, 8.45pm

This is an opportunity to catch former footballing superstar turned actor Eric Cantona in French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez's provocatively sexual debut. With a neon-drenched backdrop, the story throws together a collection of sexually titled players - The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen - before embarking on an erotic series of flights of fancy. French cinema is alive with this confident debut from a seriously stylish new director.
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE, picturehouses.co.uk