NRFF London – Film of the Week



A troubled young man struggles to get rid of his deceased father’s painting.

Writer / Director: Eli Hart

Producer: Zachary Hart

Country: UK

NRFF Category: UK Narrative Short

Runtime: 22:20   

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Ike reluctantly attends his father’s funeral, knowing full well that elsewhere, his girlfriend is minutes away from leaving him to pursue a better life in Tokyo. To add insult to injury, he gets lumped with his father’s large, ugly painting of a rainy street in Paris, and spends the rest of the day trying to dump it on someone else.

The film stars Alan Grant as IKE (LEAD ACTOR),  Jack Lord as PAUL (SUPPORTING ACTOR) and Jane Christie as Ike’s girlfriend ALISON (SUPPORTING ACTOR).

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 Image Copyright: Eli Hart


-home-opk-thumbs-3577074.screenEli Hart graduated from the London Film Academy where he wrote several short films, one of which won the audience award for ‘Best Film’ at the BFI.  He has since been hired as a writer by London based production company Racine Media, and works as a Director at EC1 Studios in Angel.

Hailing from just outside Wolverhampton, Eli uses film to bottle his tragic and darkly funny view of the world. He is currently finalising the script to his first feature film.

Eli states:

“In hindsight, ‘Paris in the Rain’ is a farewell message to my late Grandfather. The painting in the film was his and had been mounted above his fireplace for fifty years, becoming arguably the most prominent and significant image from my childhood. So much so that sometimes I feel the painting subconsciously determines the tone and feel of the films I make nowadays: Rainy and bleak, but with something tragically human or funny beneath it.”

The film has had a fantastic review by James Luxford (The guardian, Radio Times, BBC, London Film Festival) as well as gaining a fierce online fanbase in London.

For more information visit Facebook  and the Official Website.
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 Image Copyright: Eli Hart


Film of the Week stands apart from the Official Selection process into the New Renaissance Film Festival. Being selected does not guarantee a place in the festival. However, from all the films of the week some will be chosen to be part of the festival, which will be held in London (UK) on 20th August 2016. A prize will be given to the overall winner.

NRFF London is now open for UK /International/Young Talent (18-24) short films, documentary shorts, animation shorts, music shorts, and screenplay submissions. Don’t miss our Extended deadline date: 20 June 2016.

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