Poet and writer Inese Zandere presents an Animated Short Film Selection at RIGA IFF
The children’s film programme of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) – KIDS WEEKEND – will present an Animated Short Film Selection for the youngest audience on October 21 at the cinema Splendid Palace. Get your tickets HERE. Following the tradition established last year, a guest curator is invited to make this selection. The author and publisher of children’s books Inese Zandere has undertaken the demanding and exciting task this time. She addresses the festival’s audience with the words: “The cultural contexts revealed in a short film made for a child, forms one’s personality, prepares the soil for the influences that will come later and the challenges that a person will have to encounter and overcome.” The Animated Short Film Selection welcomes the youngest children for, perhaps, their first visit to the cinema. To keep the pre-schoolers’ attention, the screening will last about an hour. There will be recently made animated short films from Lithuania, Russia, and France – including works produced by the internationally acclaimed film school La Poudrière and studio Les Films du Nord. The witty stories, original visual language and playful sincerity of these animated films will hopefully fill the Large hall of the gorgeous historical cinema Splendid Palace with children’s laughter and joyful chatting once again. Inviting guest curators to create cultural content for kids ensures special qualities. The honesty and exceptional imagination of Inese Zandere, her ability to entertain and emotionally enrich with her books is a unique and valuable contribution to the Latvian children’s literature. The style of Inese Zandere reflects in her film choice as well. They are “zanderisque”, as the author admitted during the selection process. The KIDS WEEKEND will run for two days – on October 20 and 21. This programme will comprise feature-length adventure films from Norway, Serbia and Estonia, an animated detective story from Sweden, and the Animated Short Film Selection made by guest curator Inese Zandere. Before and after the chosen screening, everyone will be welcome to spend fun time at the play zone arranged in collaboration with the interior salon Hemma. The short films will have English subtitles and simultaneous translation to Latvian in comfortable wireless headphones.
30. augustā norisināsies Critics Meeting diskusija “Kam ir tiesības runāt kritiski?”

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Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF) un Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka aicina uz diskusiju par to, vai mūsdienu sabiedrībā katram ir tiesības paust savu kritisko vērtējumu. Tēma ir radusies, reaģējot uz publiskajā vidē pēdējo mēnešu laikā novērotajām sarunām, kas agresīvi pievēršas kritikas autora personībai. Diskusija notiks 30. augustā pulksten 17.00 Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas korē 11. Stāvā, Mūkusalas ielā 3. Diskusijas Facebook pasākums atrodams ŠEIT. Sarunā piedalīsies pieredzējuši kultūras un mākslas kritiķi un redaktori: Santa Mičule-Hirša (mākslas kritiķe), Helmuts Caune ( redaktors), Kristīne Matīsa (kino žurnāliste, “Kino Rakstu” galvenā redaktore), Ingus Bērziņš (DELFI galvenais redaktors), Jegors Jerohomovičs (KDi redaktors, “Dienas” kultūras žurnālists), un to vadīs kultūras žurnālists Toms Treibergs. Viens no diskusijas centrālajiem jautājumiem būs – vai viedoklis nošķirams no recenzijas? Iespējams, ka tam nav nozīmes, jo, kā rakstīja Semjuels Bekets: “Kāda starpība, kas runā?” Galvenais, lai kāds to sadzird un ieklausās. Tomēr ne visa kritika tiek uzņemta ar atsaucību, jo dažkārt šķiet – lai nu kam, bet šim cilvēkam nav tiesību runāt par konkrēto tēmu. Kas tu tāds esi, lai atļautos spriest par to vai citu darbu, kultūras fenomenu? Kurš piešķīris šīs tiesības? Vai vispār pastāv viedokļi, kas ir leģitīmāki par citiem? Vai rakstīt recenzijas drīkst vien noteikts profesionāļu loks? Vai sevi jāierobežo vēlmē izteikties kritiski par notiekošajiem procesiem, ja nav izglītību apliecinoša dokumenta attiecīgajā jomā? Šie un līdzīgi jautājumi tiks uzdoti diskusijas gaitā. RIGA IFF jau trešo gadu rīko pasākumu ciklu CRITICS MEETING, kas veltīts kino kritikai Latvijā. Šogad CRITICS MEETING pasākumu ietvaros tiek organizētas sarunas arī ārpus kinofestivāla norises laika, ar mērķi veicināt regulāras diskusijas par kritikas nozīmi un vietu Latvijā. Pirmā CRITICS MEETING diskusija šogad notika maijā un tajā tika aplūkota redaktoru loma kultūras medijos.
FESTIVAL SELECTION premiere: ‘Shoplifters’ tests the boundaries of family ties
On October 21 at 19.00, the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will present the Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s film ‘Shoplifters’, winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, within the programme FESTIVAL SELECTION – a showcase of films awarded with prestigious prizes and praised by the experts and audiences. Get your tickets HERE. Hirokazu Kore-eda's — the winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or — works provide a chance to briefly escape from one’s life and to discover what really matters in it. His world is full of meaningful everyday moments that connect people to one another and will be remembered forever. The film tells about a poor family that shelters a little girl they come across one night in the freezing cold of Tokyo. They seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and it turns out – the close bonds that unite them are perceived just as crimes in the eyes of society. Hirokazu Kore-eda – one of the Japan’s most talented and highly acclaimed filmmakers – has been awarded with more than 40 prizes at the most significant international film festivals. This year, he won the Palme d'Or for the ‘Shoplifters’, but this is not his first big success at the Cannes International film festival – his film ‘Like Father, Like Son’ received the Jury Prize in 2013. Although the filmmaker is often compared to another great master of Japanese cinema – Yasujiro Ozu, known for intimate family dramas, he thinks that his creative work is more like Mikio Naruse and Ken Loach. The director comments on this production: “The story explores what makes a family, whether we can form a family beyond blood relations. In Japan, crimes like pension frauds and parents making their children shoplift are criticized severely. Of course, these criminals should be criticized but I am wondering why people get so angry over such minor infractions even though there are many lawbreakers out there committing far more serious crimes without condemnation.” The RIGA IFF 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.
Lielais dzintars ✕ RIGA IFF — 15 Europe’s best shorts of 2017
A short film marathon will take place on 29th September in Liepāja concert hall Great Amber. The event is organised together with RIGA IFF's short film programme curator Anna Zača and European Film Academy. 15 short films will be screened in 3 separate screenings — making it an all-day event! We see short film as a very exciting genre especially for its experimental nature — it achieves great accuracy in portraying the zeigeist, the current artistic tendencies, and sharp dissections of relationships. The best of what Europe has produced in year 2017! Find out more HERE!
VVTF ✕ RIGA IFF — From theatre to cinema!
Free open-air cinema evenings from 2nd till 5th August in the centre of Valmiera! Every evening as the dusk sets in at 10pm a selection of short and feature films made by RIGA IFF will be screened. These works include eclectic animation shorts and marvelous adventure features. All films with subtitles in Latvian. Find out more HERE!
'Putin's Witnesses', honoured as Best Documentary at the KVIFF, included in the programme of the RIGA IFF The Vitaly Mansky's documentary 'Putin's Witnesses' has won the Documentary Films Competition at the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and will have its Baltic premiere at the Riga International Film Festival on October 23. Tickets are already available HERE.