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Kokmuiža offers a drink for every RIGA IFF ticket bought to screenings starting 21 October
Kokmuiža Beer drinks have become a great RIGA IFF tradition. To make watching movies special at home, our friends from Kokmuiža offer a drink for every ticket purchased to RIGA IFF screenings satarting October 21 (inclusive)! Choose between RIGA IFF IPA and MATE TEA DRINK with this year's special labels! You can get your drink at: – Valmiermuiža Beer Embassy in Riga; – in the shop next to Valmiermuiža brewery. At the shops, present the festival ticket to verify its code – each ticket is valid once, for one drink, as long as the special drinks are available (but not longer than October 31).
Visa RIGA IFF programma līdz pat 24. oktobrim tiešsaistē
Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF), kas šogad norisinās no 14. oktobra līdz 24. oktobrim, informē par festivāla norisi no brīža, kad Latvijā oficiāli stāsies spēkā papildu ierobežojumi epidemioloģiskās situācijas uzlabošanai. Līdz šim plašsaziņas līdzekļos izskanējis, ka minētie ierobežojumi plānoti no ceturtdienas, 21. oktobra. Festivāla rīkotāji piemēros ierobežojumus klātienes seansiem līdz ar to stāšanos spēkā. Reaģējot uz plānotajiem ierobežojumiem, skatītājiem tiks nodrošināta iespēja ieplānotos seansus baudīt tiešsaistē, visā Latvijas teritorijā, to sākotnēji paredzētajos laikos. Festivāls lūdz apmeklētājus sazināties ar RIGA IFF atbalsta centru klātienes biļešu nomaiņai uz tiešsaisti: atbalsts@rigaiff.lv Līdz svētdienai programmā skatāmi darbi no visām 10 festivāla sadaļām, tostarp lielākā daļa RIGA IFF Pilnmetrāžas filmu konkursa filmu, kas turpina sacensību par festivāla galveno balvu! Šogad RIGA IFF konkursā tiek izrādītas vairāk nekā 100 filmas, piedāvājot gan aktuālo Baltijas jūras reģiona, gan ziemeļvalstu kino, kā arī pasaules kino festivālos jau augsti novērtētus darbus. Ar pilnu festivāla programmu, kā arī atklāto vēstuli Latvijas Republikas amatpersonām, ir iespējams iepazīties RIGA IFF mājaslapā – rigaiff.lv. Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls vēlas pateikties visiem, kas šajā laikā ar biļešu iegādi un uzmundrinošiem vārdiem atbalsta tā norisi. RIGA IFF astoņu gadu laikā ir kļuvis par vienu no nozīmīgākajiem kino kultūras pasākumiem gan Latvijā, gan Baltijas jūras reģionā, nodrošinot Latvijas iedzīvotāju un kino industrijas darbinieku iekļaušanos Eiropas kino ainavā – ceram, ka šo darbu būs iespējams turpināt. Ar precizējošiem jautājumiem lūdzam vērsties festivāla klientu atbalsta centrā:  epasts atbalsts@rigaiff.lv tālr. 25172090
There is always time (for cinema). The 8th Riga International Film Festival has begun
The 8th edition of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) opens today, on 14 October, with the Latvian premiere of The Rossellinis! With more than 100 films screening in 10 thematic sections, including several competitions, this year's festival will not only take place at the Splendid Palace cinema, the “home” of RIGA IFF, and at the National Library of Latvia, but also in Madona, Valmiermuiža and online throughout Latvia. Tickets for all RIGA IFF screenings can be found on the festival's website. This year's RIGA IFF slogan, "There is always time", is a reflection of the festival creators’ own ideas and contemplations, as well as of the way that the format of cinema plays with time, a concept that simultaneously anchors reality and is its seemingly most undefinable feature. “Time can be a reason and time can be a promise. Time can fly, and time can drag on. Time is infinite, but there is always too little time. This is the paradox intrinsic to the never-ending nature of time. Time to go see a film. Time for a conversation. Time to wake up. Time to go. Time goes by.  Time can be idle, and it can be filled. Cinema can pause time, slow it down, it can reveal and explain time, but never waste it,” explains Liene Treimane, RIGA IFF Festival Director. Over the festival’s 11 days, film lovers and professionals alike will be able to enjoy a wide programme of films and events – the FESTIVAL SELECTION, FOUND IN BERLINALE and NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS sections will feature acclaimed works from European and international festivals, new films by renowned directors, as well as powerful examples of auteur cinema. These films will have their Latvian premieres at the festival, and they include cult director Wes Anderson's latest film The French Dispatch, the psychedelic musical Annette, which is French cinema legend Leos Carax’s return to the big screen, and The Worst Person in the World by director and festival darling Joachim Trier, who is well-known to local audiences, a film in which a young woman searches for her sense of self. This year, the festival will feature five competitions. The films in the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION will compete for the festival's main award and a cash prize, while works in both the national and international SHORT RIGA competition sections will compete for a prize and the chance to be nominated for the European Film Awards. The children's jury for the KIDS' REEL programme has a special duty – the film they select will screen on Latvian Television after the festival! The Rossellini dynasty is not only featured in the opening screening – this year’s festival retrospective programme THE ROSSELLINIS AND THE CENTURY will offer audiences an opportunity to see this creative family through the various roles they have played on screen over the course of almost a century, combining avantgarde experiments with honest observations about the modern world. RIGA IFF will also host FORUM, a large-scale industry programme where participants will be able to dive deeper into different aspects of cinema. Guests will have the opportunity to ask filmmakers questions, experience AR (augmented reality) works and gain insights into the film industry through various panel discussions. The festival will also feature the national premieres of several works by Latvian auteurs – In the Mirror (Spogulī) is Laila Pakalniņa's satirical take on Snow White set in a gym, the visually expressive Ring of Fire follows the creative process of the Kvadrifrons theatre company, and Baņuta, the first Latvian opera reborn on screen. The conditions must be as safe as possible in order for our guests to be able to enjoy their cinema experience fully – all RIGA IFF live screenings and events will be held at the “green” security level, as outlined by the Cabinet of Ministers. “Green” events can only be attended with: — an interoperable EU digital Covid-19 certificate (with QR code) that proves vaccination or recovery, — a valid ID (passport or eID). IDs and certificates will be verified at the entrance to the venues. See you in the cinema! The full festival programme, tickets, festival passes and more detailed information about events can be found on the festival’s website: rigaiff.lv. RIGA IFF receives support from the State Culture Capital Foundation, Creative Europe MEDIA, the National Film Centre and Riga City Council.  https://youtu.be/r9YzHScRZtM
RIGA IFF informē par savu darbību ārkārtējās situācijas apstākļos un publicē atklātu vēstuli Latvijas Republikas amatpersonām
Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF), kas norisināsies no 14. līdz 24. oktobrim, skaidro, kā valstī izsludinātās ārkārtējās situācijas viestās izmaiņas, ar kurām ir jārēķinās kino notikuma klātienes viesiem, ietekmēs festivāla notikumus, kā arī informē par atklātas vēstules izsūtīšanu valsts amatpersonām ar lūgumu kultūras nozarei piemērot divu nedēļu adaptācijas periodu. Šī gada RIGA IFF jau sākotnēji ir ticis plānots kā t. s. “zaļā režīma” pasākums, tādēļ varam apgalvot, ka festivāla klātienes seansi joprojām notiks. Ja Kultūras ministrija un Ministru kabinets nespers nepieciešamos soļus, lai kultūras norisēm nodrošinātu pārejas posmu, un spēkā paliks prasība seansus beigt līdz plkst. 23.00, tiks meklēti individuāli risinājumi.  Seansiem, kuru norise tiek ierobežota nupat ieviesto pulcēšanās prasību dēļ (klātienē var tikt aizpildīta vien aptuveni puse sēdvietu), tiek izvērtēta papildu seansu organizēšanas iespēja vai citi piemēroti risinājumi. Izmaiņas neskars tiešsaistes seansus, kuri joprojām norisināsies plānotajos laikos. Par izmaiņām konkrētu seansu norisē biļešu turētājiem tiks paziņots pēc iespējas ātrāk, taču ne vēlāk kā 2 dienas pirms ieplānotā seansa.  Festivāla komanda atgādina, ka šogad lielākā daļa programmas ir skatāma arī tiešsaistē – aicinām skatītājus izmantot arī šo iespēju, mazinot pulcēšanos un atbalstot festivālu krīzes apstākļos. Ar pilnu festivāla programmu, kā arī atklāto vēstuli Latvijas Republikas amatpersonām ir iespējams iepazīties zemāk.   Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls vēlas pateikties visiem, kas šajā laikā ar biļešu iegādi un uzmundrinošiem vārdiem atbalsta norises iespējamību. RIGA IFF astoņu gadu laikā ir kļuvis par vienu no nozīmīgākajiem kino kultūras pasākumiem gan Latvijā, gan Baltijas jūras reģionā, nodrošinot Latvijas iedzīvotāju un kino industrijas darbinieku iekļaušanos Eiropas kino ainavā – ceram, ka šo darbību būs iespējams turpināt. Ar precizējošiem jautājumiem lūdzam vērsties festivāla klientu atbalsta centrā: atbalsts@rigaiff.lv. Vairāk informācijas: RIGA IFF Komunikācijas departaments press@rigaiff.lv  
Riga International Film Festival announces full lineup
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) invites audiences in Riga and throughout Latvia to join the festival’s eighth edition on 14-24 October this year. Over 100 films will screen in 10 thematic sections, including 5 competition programmes. Tickets for all RIGA IFF screenings are on sale now on the festival's website. In-person screenings will be held at the "green” epidemiological security level, which means that in-person screenings and events will only be accessible with an interoperable COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate. Screenings will take place at the Splendid Palace cinema, and at the Ziedonis Hall in the National Library of Latvia. Most of the programme will be available online to all festival guests from anywhere in Latvia. For the first time in the festival's history, there will be several in-person screenings at RIGA IFF branches outside the capital: in Madona and Valmiera. This year's festival slogan is "There is always time.", which is also reflected in the programmers’ choice of films. The sections include films that masterfully play with the past and the future, with interpretations about the present, with that which might have happened and with visions of the future. "Time has no objective boundaries. It is absolute, but simultaneously unpredictable in form and content. What matters is how we fill time. Cinema can pause time, slow it down, it can reveal and explain time, but never waste it. Dedicate 11 days in October to experience the festival. Expand your consciousness and sharpen your mind – collectively or individually. We will provide you with both options, so you can choose which experience suits you best," explains RIGA IFF Director Liene Treimane. The festival will open on 14 October with The Rossellinis, a film that brings together Latvian filmmakers and a legendary cinema dynasty (it is co-produced by VFS Films, co-written by Dāvis Sīmanis, and filmed by cinematographer Valdis Celmiņš). The director of the documentary is Alessandro Rossellini, the grandson of the influential Italian neorealist director Roberto Rossellini. In the film, he traces nearly 100 years of creativity under the influence of this "artistic patriarch", while also shining a light into the shadows that accompany the heirs to his fame. A part of the film's international team will be attending the festival’s Opening Night and there will be an opportunity to attend an in-person conversation with them on the following day, 15 October. The opening screening also introduces the festival’s retrospective programme – THE ROSSELLINIS AND THE CENTURY. This year, cinephiles will be particularly excited about FESTIVAL SELECTION. This section includes 16 films that have screened at acclaimed European and international festivals. Among them is renowned French director Leos Carax’s Annette, a psychedelic and operatic musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, which opened this year's Cannes Film Festival and won the award for Best Director. Fans will also be excited to see The French Dispatch, the latest film from audience and critics’ darling, Wes Anderson, while enfant terrible Gaspar Noé will once again test the limits of the cinematic format with his visually striking Lux Æterna starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (she also appears playing a very different role in the delicately constructed chamber drama Suzanne Andler). The section NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS is a favourite with local audiences. Here you can enjoy the best of Nordic cinema – the 10-film programme includes the darkly existential comedy Riders of Justice, starring Mads Mikkelsen who plays a war veteran whose grief has turned to anger, and Pleasure, which is a provocative look at the trajectory of one woman's career in the porn industry. This year, the festival has a particularly broad selection of local film premieres. These are best represented in the HOME MADE Premieres section, but also in the main competition, RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition, with Laila Pakalniņa's In the Mirror, which uses the selfie aesthetic to reimagine the story of Snow White for a narcissistic and image-obsessed generation.  Rebecca Lamarche-Vadels’ and Dāvis Sīmanis’ and suddenly it all blossoms, a journey through the Riga International Art Biennial, RIBOCA 2, will also screen at the festival as will several other strong feature debuts by Latvian filmmakers. The eighth RIGA IFF will pay special attention to the youngest audiences – the festival's children's film programme KIDS' REEL will this year not only take place over both RIGA IFF weekends, but also boasts two competitions that will be easily accessible online throughout Latvia. This year, the festival's SHORT RIGA section will continue to highlight the latest in cinematic art with its International Short Film Competition that is split into six screenings, while the National Competition will feature both acclaimed filmmakers and newcomers with distinct points of view competing for the prize. The RIGA IFF FORUM for film industry professionals will take place alongside the public film programme. Here local and international film professionals will have the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge with one another. For the full festival programme, tickets, passes and more detailed information about the festival visit rigaiff.lv The festival receives support from the State Culture Capital Foundation, Creative Europe MEDIA, the National Film Centre and Riga City Council.  https://youtu.be/r9YzHScRZtM
Ne tik gari, bet divkārt jaudīgi! RIGA IFF SHORT RIGA izsludina nacionālo un starptautisko konkursu
Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF), kas šogad no 14. – 24. oktobrim klātienē un tiešsaistē dosies pie kino mākslas cienītājiem visas Latvijas teritorijā, izziņo īsfilmu sadaļas SHORT RIGA Nacionālā konkursa un Starptautiskā konkursa dalībniekus, kā arī žūriju. Īsfilmas formāts ir īpaši svarīgs tiem, kurus interesē kino medija plašās iespējas un eksperimenti, tādēļ tajā vienlīdz bieži ir sastopami gan jaunu, gan jau pazīstamu režisoru nekautrīga un drosmīga rotaļāšanās ar formu un saturu. Šogad par SHORT RIGA Nacionālā konkursa galveno balvu cīnīsies sešas filmas – tostarp gaidāmi jauni darbi no Vladimira Leščova, Alises Zariņas un Ievas Balodes, kā arī iepazīšanās ar Helen Ora, Paula Ķestera un Zanes Oborenko veikumu. Ne mazāk svarīgi ir raudzīties uz īsfilmas formātā aktuālo arī ārpus Latvijas robežām – SHORT RIGA Starptautiskais konkurss, kas šogad ir sadalīts sešos seansos, apvieno autorus gan no Eiropas, gan Āzijas, Dienvidamerikas un ASV. “Komisijas un mans, tās vadītājas, uzdevums ir atsijāt filmas, kurās talantīgs autors runā par šodienu ar aktuāliem izteiksmes līdzekļiem. Īsfilma vienmēr ir bijusi visstraujāk reaģējošais kino formāts, līdz ar ko nav pārsteigums, ka jau divus gadus lielākā daļa filmu ir saistāmas pandēmijas raisītajām pārdomām. Šogad, meklējot filmas, mēs saskatījām vērtību maiņu, sašutumu, bailes un eskeipismu. Taču pati izlase tika veidota sabalansējot saturu tā, lai šīs smagās, jau tā klātesošās pārdomas, nekristu uz mūsu skatītāju pleciem,”  stāsta SHORT RIGA kuratore Anna Zača. Abus īsfilmu konkursus vērtē augsti kompetenta un prasīga žūrija – viņu darbs ir ne tikai noskaidrot RIGA IFF balvu uzvarētājus, bet arī izvēlēties filmu, kuru izvirzīt par nominācijas kandidātu prestižajai Eiropas Kinoakadēmijas balvai. Šogad filmas vērtēs norvēģu režisore un pagājušā gada SHORT RIGA retrospektīvas galvenā persona Gunhilla Engere, viena no vadošajām Latvijas kino producentēm Alise Ģelze, nīderlandiešu kino festivālu kurators Matjē Jansens, Helsinku Starptautiskā kinofestivāla “Love & Anarchy” producente un īsfilmu programmas kuratores Hilla Okonena, kā arī Parīzē praktizējošais kino žurnālists un kurators Leo Soesanto, kurš pašlaik strādā pie Kannu kinofestivāla “kritiķu nedēļas” īsfilmu programmas veidošanas. Arī šogad SHORT RIGA norises laikā būs iespējams ne tikai noskatīties konkursu filmas, bet arī piedalīties sarunās ar dažu īsfilmu veidotājiem, aplūkot citos kinofestivālos triumfējušos darbus sadaļā SHORT RIGA Festival Darlings, kā arī iepazīties ar vienu no Latvijas “slēptajām” pērlēm, pasaulē atzītā animācijas meistara Vladimira Leščova daiļradi SHORT RIGA Persona seansā. Pilna RIGA IFF programma tiks izziņota otrdien, 15. septembrī. Plašāka informācija par festivāla programmu, norisi un jau pieejamajiem seansiem – festivāla mājaslapā, rigaiff.lv. RIGA IFF top ar Valsts Kultūrkapitāla fonda, ES programmas “Radošā Eiropa – MEDIA”, Nacionālā Kino centra un Rīgas domes atbalstu.