RIGA IFF FEATURE FILM
FILMS FROM THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Every year, the competition showcases up to 10 titles from the Baltic Sea region – the contestants of the RIGA IFF Award presented by an international jury. The competition holds no limitations regarding genre or style, thus the programme can include documentaries, fiction, animation, or anything in between. Prepare for a journey full of discoveries and unexpected turns!
THE FESTIVAL’S FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
Selection from among the most spectacular films recently premiered at the most remarkable international festivals to dazzle the local audience and guests of the city alike. These are the titles that have already been or potentially will be awarded with prestigious prizes and praised by experts and audiences.
SHORTS AND MUSIC
All sorts of short format wonders are hidden under the sign of Grass Snake. When the tide brings in thousands of shorts, the curators seek for the heart of the auteur in every second on the screen. Every year we find the most bizarre, most daring and honest short films for the International Competition, we invite Baltic talents with their upcoming projects for Test Screenings, a profile screening of an auteur in Persona, a selection of this year’s favorites in Festival Darlings and a blast of fresh music videos in BMV. About 65 short films and 15 music videos in cozy screenings accompanied by inspirational conversations with the auteurs.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE ARCHITECTURE
Architecture can’t be always described and captured through photography, therefore cinema serves as a tool to bring out the drama of architecture and architect ever more often. The Riga IFF launches an architecture film programme with screenings at one of the most remarkable new buildings in Riga – the National Library of Latvia.
Similar to conversations about architecture among the professionals, this film programme depicts all the hottest themes on the subject. We will examine the urban activism in New York City and open many doors of apartments in the standardized housing blocks built in the post-socialist countries.
The highs and lows of the personality of an architect will be revealed by exploring the phenomena of fame, corruption and crime as well.
You are welcome to join the discussions with filmmakers, architects, urban planners and designers right after each screening.
WORLD DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME
ARTDOCFEST/RIGA constitutes the documentary section of the RIGA IFF. It’s not merely a programme of thought-provoking and outstanding documentaries from across the world, but also a platform for meetings, roundtable and panel discussions conducted by international media representatives. All the film screenings of this selection are Latvian premieres and the presence of the authors is ensured. Starting from 2018, this programme showcases the full competition programme of the most significant festival of documentary films in Russia – Artdocfest. The work of the international jury also will be held within the framework of RIGA IFF.
A RETROSPECTIVE & A RESEARCH
This year the festival’s retrospective and research programme will honour and celebrate women in cinema. Film directors, scriptwriters, editors, actresses – personalities, divas, legends. Those, who influenced the way we see cinema today. Those, without whom the history of cinema would be incomplete.
BRIDGING THE NORDIC – BALTIC STATES OF MIND
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, this is a panorama of a special kind of cinema that reflects the Nordic way of making films, telling a story, painting a picture, singing a song.
To some of us it’s exotic, to others – seems cosy, but this cinematic experience is always deeply touching something very human inside of us. The North is truly much closer than one might think…
BERLINALE 2018 RIGA
The Goethe-Institut Riga is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its establishment with a number of new initiatives this year. One of them is introduction of the film programme BERLINALE 2018 RIGA at the Riga International Film Festival.
These are the films that were recently screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and exhibit the strength and diversity of the contemporary German cinema. Germany is one of the major film producers in Europe that influence the shaping of new trends in film art. Its film identity is undergoing considerable changes in line with all the region during this period of time.
New talents, new stars, gripping and skillfully crafted films for wide audiences, surprises provided by the authors, stunningly vigorous documentaries – the film selection presenting the highlights of Berlinale reflects the German society and culture life and serves as a unique opportunity to see these films on big screens in Riga.
GREAT CINEMA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Is there a better place to fall in love with the beautiful world of cinema, than a festival, where watching films becomes a whole different experience? You can watch the latest, carefully handpicked film, surrounded by a positively curious public or discover a timeless piece of classic! This is the reason why RIGA IFF has dedicated a whole weekend to children’s film, enjoyable for the whole family. For we believe that young viewers’ first interaction with cinematic world should be no less than unforgettable and wonderful.
FILMS FROM THE BALTICS
These are films to be perceived as a part of the world cinema of today, beyond language and country of origin, yet so aware and proud of it. Naturally – the festival grows in sync with the film culture and industry here in the Baltics, and every year presents new challenges and reveals unexpected strengths. Baltic film in an international context is still a challenging feat… but just look at the wonders a meeting like this brings to the table ever more often!
EUROPE’S NEW PROMISES
A journey around the region known to the world as Eastern Europe. Trying to both strip the concept of its stereotypes as well as to add an international, broader dimension to it, our curators have chosen a very small number of films that dare you to step into the less explored part of this cinematic region and embrace it in full bloom!
INGMAR BERGMAN 100
As a contribution to the global celebration of the centenary of world-renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007), the Riga IFF presents a retrospective programme devoted to his life and work.
The festival’s selection will not only allow to re-experience the artistic legacy of Bergman but to obtain a broader insight into the private life and career of the charismatic and demonic classic of the auteur cinema. The audience is welcome to attend the screening of a striking documentary and the pre-screening discussions with Stig Bjorkman, the Swedish filmmaker and author of the book “Bergman on Bergman”.
Bergman introduced a revolutionary approach to filmmaking and transformed the perception of cinema. His deeply personal films attest the director’s profound understanding of human psyche. Even though he was more attached to the theatre than to film, his masterpieces have become timeless classic of world cinema.