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‘A Horrible Woman’ Will Open the NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS of the RIGA IFF
A Horrible Woman’ (En Frygtelig Kvinde) by Christian Tafdrup will open the film selection NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS of the Riga International Film Festival. Tickets to the screening on October 19 at 7 p. m. in ‘Splendid Palace’ are available already. [screening] NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS of the RIGA IFF reveals the development of the unique style of filmmaking, storytelling, visual arts and music of the Nordic countries. The provocative dramedy ‘A Horrible Woman’ will open the programme this year. It is the second full length feature film of actor/director Christian Tafdrup, co-written with his brother Mads Trafdrup. When bachelor Rasmus meets Marie, he is certain that she is the love of his life. But soon she destroys his life with her possessiveness and manipulations. The director explains that this widely discussed film shows a man’s point of view on what a woman can do in modern relationship, ‘It's a film about everyday terrorism that women commit to men. I made this film not because I hate women but only because I've spent the last 24 years of my life finding out how to survive in a relationship with them. When I think when I've been most unhappy in my life, it has been in a relationship with a woman. I hope this film will be recognizable for both sexes and that everyone can mirror their own experiences in the movie. ‘A Horrible Woman’ is a tragedy, but a fun one of the kind.’ https://youtu.be/ObH51wwXUiM Eager to prove the concept that a low-budget film can look big, the team put a number of creative restrictions on themselves, initially of a practical nature: they had to shoot the film in 16 days without rehearsals or lighting and with a crew of no more than six people. ‘A Horrible Woman’ was highly appreciated by the voting committees behind the two most prestigious Danish film prizes, the Danish film critics' Bodil Award and the Film Academy's Robert Award. NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS is created in collaboration with the embassies of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania The Riga International Film Festival will take place from October 18 – 31. Its screening venues will be cinemas ‘Splendid Palace’, ‘KSuns’ and ‘Kino Bize’, as well as the National Library of Latvia and Kaņepes Culture Centre. The audience will be presented with more than 100 films in 12 programmes, diverse industry events, and a range of thought-provoking public discussions.
RIGA IFF aicina ielūkoties kino aizkulisēs un piedāvā kino darbnīcu ciklu bērniem

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Gatavojoties ikgadējai RIGA IFF bērnu filmu programmai KIDS WEEKEND, Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls, sadarbojoties ar Rīgas Kino muzeju un Laikmetīgās mākslas centru kim? uzsāk darbnīcu ciklu RIGA IFF Kids School bērniem vecumā no 4 līdz 10 gadiem. Trīs darbnīcu ciklā ik sestdienu pirms festivāla - 29. septembrī, 6. un 13. oktobrī plkst. 12.00 bērniem būs iespēja sekot līdzi tam, kāds ir filmas ceļš no uzņemšanas laukuma līdz nonākšanai uz kinoekrāna.

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LKA Nacionālā filmu skola, 29. septembris 12:00

1. darbnīca - filmas veidošana (izpārdots)

Rīgas Kino muzejs, 6. oktobris 12:00

2. darbnīca - filmas montāža (izpārdots)

Kinoteātris Splendid Palace, 13. oktobris 12:00

3. darbnīca - filmas izrādīšana (izpārdots)

Dažādas norises vietas, 29.09.-13.10.

RIGA IFF KIDS SCHOOL apvienotā biļete (izpārdots)

Dzīvojot laikā, kad saskarsme ar kino un audiovizuāliem vēstījumiem ir biežāka un plašāka kā jebkad iepriekš, zināšanas par kino kļūst arvien vērtīgākas. Darbnīcu cikls apzināti iecerēts pirms RIGA IFF bērnu filmu programmas KIDS WEEKEND norises 20. un 21. oktobrī - jo skatīties kino ir daudz saistošāk, zinot, cik aizraujošs un darbietilpīgs ir gan tā tapšanas, gan izrādīšanas process. Pirmā darbnīca notiks 29. septembrī LKA Nacionālajā filmu skolā (Elijas ielā 17), kur būs iespējams paviesoties filmu uzņemšanas paviljonā un izlūkot, kur mācās jaunie filmu veidotāji. Darbnīcas dalībnieki uzņemšanas paviljonā varēs piedalīties filmas epizodes uzņemšanā un kadra veidošanā, izpētot to, kā kadra noskaņu spēj izmainīt gaisma. Darbnīcu vadīs kino operators Dainis Juraga. Savukārt 6. oktobrī Rīgas Kino muzejā (Peitavas ielā 10) dalībniekiem būs iespēja uzzināt par filmas pēcapstrādes procesiem, īpaši nozīmīgāko no tiem - filmas montāžu. Kā tiek virknēti kadri, lai veidotos filmas vēstījums, stāstīs kinozinātnieks Jānis Putniņš. Šīs darbnīcas ietvaros apmeklētājiem būs iespēja iemēģināt roku digitalizācijas laikmetā arvien retāk sastopamās analogās 16 milimetru kinolentes montāžā. Cikla noslēdzošā darbnīca 13. oktobrī notiks kinoteātrī Splendid Palace, kas ir pilsētas visvecākais kinoteātris, kas atklāts 1923. gadā. Laikmetīgās mākslas centra izglītības programmas vadītāja Linda Vigdorčika, sadarbībā ar Rīgas Kino muzeju, vadīs ekskursiju pa kinoteātri, ļaujot ielūkoties tā aizkulisēs, kas ikdienā apmeklētājiem ir slēgtas. Ekskursijā būs iespējams uzzināt par ēkas vēsturi, kā arī uzzināt par procesiem, kas notiek, pirms filmu ieraugām uz lielā ekrāna. Biļetes cena uz katru darbnīcu - 6 eiro. Apvienotā biļete uz visām trim darbnīcām: 15 eiro. Darbnīcu ilgums: 1h30 (no pl. 12.00 - 13.30) Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls norisināsies no 18. līdz 31. oktobrim kinoteātros Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize, kā arī Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā un Kaņepes Kultūras centrā. Festivāla ietvaros notiks vairāk nekā 120 filmu seansi 12 programmās, ko papildinās lekcijas, diskusijas un citi pasākumi. RIGA IFF top ar Valsts Kultūrkapitāla fonda, ES programmas Radošā Eiropa - MEDIA, Nacionālā Kino centra un Rīgas domes atbalstu.

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MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. by Steve Loveridge in RIGA IFF Festival Selection
On October 22 at 19.00, the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will present the Steve Loveridge‘s film ‘MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.’, within the programme FESTIVAL SELECTION – a showcase of films awarded with prestigious prizes and praised by the experts and audiences. [screening] Matangi Arulpragasm is Maya to her friends and provocative international popstar M.I.A. to most of the world. She fled the Sri Lankan civil war with her family before the age of ten and relocated to the UK, leaving behind a father with alleged ties to the ‘Tamil Tigers’, a controversial rebel group. Her preoccupation with the immigrant experience isn’t the celebrity narcissism; it is her deeply rooted desire to speak against oppression and to lift up justice. The film is drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by the artist and her closest friends over the last 22 years. It reveals her innermost reflections on art, politics, identity and her battles with the music industry and mainstream media. https://youtu.be/fi3iYwLm2PY
SHORT RIGA: Festival Darlings to screen five festival favourites
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) announces its SHORT RIGA: Festival Darlings selection of five short films with distinctive artistic styles and selected by at least fifty international film festivals during the last two years. These masterpieces, exploring the everyday experience in all its perplexity, are a must-see! [screening] https://youtu.be/AxoPPck_AA8 Is the world just a place where our bodies live? What is it like to have a body and how is it related to what we feel? In the film A Dialogue with Cyberspace a digital entity starts to admire our capacity to perceive. The director Brian den Hartog shows admirable taste for editing and the aesthetics of the film. This film is the director’s graduation work at RITCS – Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound. He researches the conception of self in a more and more technological society. In Leonor Teles’ Batrachian's Ballad we see the human’s nature exposed in its tendency to deride other human beings. Specifically, she looks at the Portuguese tradition of placing ceramic frogs in the doorways to ward off gypsies. Anything but a passive observer, Teles consciously decides to participate and take up position. Being a Romani of Portugal herself, in this work she decides to establish an active role for herself and to integrate it in the narrative of the film. In Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort, a young woman lives in a paradise that has fallen apart. This seemed like the ‘promised land’ of adulthood: the Greece of never-ending summer and burning under a hedonistic sun. The boredom and existential anxiety are not problems exclusive to fallen paradise — it looms the metropolis too. In Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s dark musical The Burden the employees of various commercial venues fend of the blues by performing cheerful musical turns. Curiously, here the apocalypse is a tempting liberator. Director views her works as modern fables, exploring human relations through the filter of animality. The mistakes and failures they lead to are inevitable part of the everyday. So much so that these mistakes could have been the inspiration for Nikita Diakur’s relentless pursuit towards depiction of reality via meticulously constructed machinery of error, balancing on the verge of destruction. The extraordinary 3D animation film Ugly combines puppeteering and dynamic computer simulation to produce results that are unexpected, realistic, broken and personal.
A special screening of The Mover by Dāvis Sīmanis will open the Riga International Film Festival
The opening film of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) this year will be The Mover (Tēvs Nakts) by Dāvis Sīmanis – a true story about the Latvian Žanis Lipke who saved more than fifty people during the Second World War. The RIGA IFF will open on 18 October at 7 p. m. in the Large Hall of Splendid Palace. Tickets to the special opening screening are available on the festival website rigaiff.lv. [screening] The new feature film The Mover is based on historic events, memories and testimonies and tells about the legendary Rigan Žanis Lipke. During the Second World War he worked in Luftwaffe, the German military aviation, warehouses by day and supplemented his family’s income by smuggling at night. When Nazis started to persecute and kill the Riga Jews, Žanis decided to save the doomed people. Literally under the noses of German soldiers, he took dozens of people to safety. With the help of his relatives he made a makeshift shelter for them in his own home – a cellar under the shed. In the time of overall brutality, the actions of Žanis Lipke seemed like a miracle even to the ones he saved. What was the secret behind Lipke's courage – was he simply a risk taker and spiteful daredevil? Or did he have a gift for human compassion even under extreme conditions? With the special screening on the RIGA IFF opening the filmmakers wish to pay tribute to Augusts Sukuts, the founder of the Film Forum Arsenāls, who died last year. He was one of the initiators to commemorate Žanis Lipke’s effort. Žanis and his wife Johanna were awarded with the honorific of Israel, Righteous Among the Nations, that says, ‘Anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world.’ There is a memorial to Žanis Lipke in Ķīpsala, not far from their house, at 8 Mazais Balasta dambis. Director Dāvis Sīmanis for the first time turns to the events of the Second World War that nobody in Latvia has ever tackled in a feature film. ‘There must be people also nowadays, remaining relatively unnoticed, who would suddenly act in a strange and selfless manner in a situation of crisis. I think that only thanks to the actions of such freaks that often seem inexplicable from the point of view of survival, the society and the state can continue in a somewhat reasonable way,’ says the director. Films by Dāvis Sīmanis have been screened in several prestigious international film festivals. He is a film school lecturer in Latvia and Finland. Žanis and Johanna Lipke are played by Artūrs Skrastiņš and Ilze Blauberga, their son Zigfrīds is Matīss Kipļuks. The film is produced by Mistrus Media (producers Gints Grūbe, Antra Gaile and Inese Boka-Grūbe) that received the Latvian National Film Award Lielais Kristaps in 2016 for the feature film The Chronicles of Melanie (Melānijas hronika). The Mover is financed from the programme Latvian Films for Latvia’s Centenary of the Latvian National Film Centre and the EU programme Creative Europe – MEDIA. It will be released in Latvia on 25 October. Tickets to the special screening of The Mover are already available on the festival website http://www.rigaiff. The Riga International Film Festival will take place from October 18 – 31. Its screening venues will be cinemas Splendid Palace, KSuns and Kino Bize, as well as the National Library of Latvia. The audience will be presented with more than 100 films in 12 programmes, diverse industry events, and a range of thought provoking public discussions. The RIGA IFF is supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, the European Commission’s programme Creative Europe – MEDIA, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Riga City Council.
RIGA IFF accreditations open for media representatives
Media representatives are invited to apply for accreditation at the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), allowing them to attend the festival's film screenings and industry events. All applications can be made here until September 28, 2018. Every accreditation application will be assessed individually and the decision will will be made known to all the applicants by no later than October 5. In case of questions, please contact Elina Kanela by emailing press@rigaiff.lv or calling +371 26565652. RIGA IFF will run from October 18-31 at cinemas Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize as well as the National Library of Latvia and Kanepes Culture Centre. The festival will feature over 120 film screenings, 12 film programmes as well as lectures, discussions and other special events.