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FROM MAY 22

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

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RIGA IFF 2018 launches
3 new programmes

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

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RIGA IFF SELECTION — ‘3 Days in Quiberon’

The most recent addition to the RIGA IFF SELECTION programme is a film nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival – ‘3 Days in Quiberon’.

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The most recent addition to the RIGA IFF SELECTION programme is a film nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival – ‘3 Days in Quiberon’.

Three days in the life of a European film icon. The Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider (1938 – 1982) gives her last interview during a period marked with the feeling of inner and outer insecurity and despair even though her urge for living remains intact. Extensive conversations with the reporter of German weekly magazine Stern reveal her vulnerability and failure to find a balance in art and private life, her penchant for self-destruction that had been hidden behind the charm and professional ambitions.

The award-winning photojournalist Robert Lebeck entrusted the director with hundreds of unpublished black and white images of a woman, not the mythical star, yet unmistakable in her style: trench coat, ponytail, cigarette, radiating a wistful presence.
The film has been nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and received seven prizes Golden Lola at the German Film Awards.

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KIDS WEEKEND — Premiere of ‘Jekabs, Mimmi and Talking Dogs’

The programme KIDS WEEKEND will showcase feature and animation films for the youngest audience.

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The programme KIDS WEEKEND will showcase feature and animation films for the youngest audience.

The central event of these joyous two days will be the premiere of director Edmunds Jansons’ ‘Jekabs, Mimmi and Talking Dogs’ – the first animation feature film by Latvian studio ‘Atom Art’, one of the films funded by the special programme ‘Latvian Films for Latvia’s Centenary’.

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NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS —
‘Winter Brothers’

The NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS programme of the RIGA IFF is proud to present ‘Winter Brothers’ –  the feature debut film of the talented Icelandic visual artist and director Hlynur Palmason.   

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The NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS programme of the RIGA IFF is proud to present ‘Winter Brothers’ –  the feature debut film of the talented Icelandic visual artist and director Hlynur Palmason.   

A story about the endless winters of family ties. A desolate limestone mining community of men with craggy faces resides in a remote Danish village. The darkness of the mines and human nature flows into the landscape covered in an indistinguishable mixture of white dust and snow. Two brothers live and work there – Johan is a handsome, hardworking and easygoing young man, but Emil is an awkward, thievish brewer of a suspicious hooch and a self-absorbed dreamer. There is just one woman in this world of relentless industrial sounds…

The Hlynur Palmason’s impressive, aesthetically idiosyncratic debut feature is awarded in many international film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival.

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BERLINALE 2018 RIGA — ‘Shut up and play the piano!’

BERLINALE 2018 RIGA, the brand new programme of the RIGA IFF, is showcasing the highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival. One of the most peculiar films in this selection is ‘Shut up and Play the Piano!’ – an insightful and ambitious documentary about the Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales.

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BERLINALE 2018 RIGA, the brand new programme of the RIGA IFF, is showcasing the highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival. One of the most peculiar films in this selection is ‘Shut up and Play the Piano!’ – an insightful and ambitious documentary about the Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales.

After making a name as an electro-rapper, Chilly Gonzales (Jason Charles Beck) turned into a creator of quiet sounds on the piano.  Even though he declared himself the president of Berlin’s underground music scene in 2003, the artist managed to attract a new global audience shortly afterwards with the tranquil album Solo Piano.

In his directing debut, Philipp Jedicke blends archive materials with dramatised scenes and interviews with the entertainer’s contemporaries. The thread that runs through the film is an extended conversation between Chilly Gonzales and writer Sibylle Berg, revealing his genius and the sources of his inspiration.

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