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RIGA IFF 2020: Owning the Unknown
Changes affect everyone, and significant changes can rarely be neatly planned in advance, or pencilled in on kitchen calendars. Although unforeseen things happen regularly, almost everyone has had to face this fact of life in the last few months. What can a film festival do in the current circumstances? How should festival creators, spectators, and filmmakers respond? You can identify the unknown, accept it and make it your own. You can recognise that whatever plans you make, anything else might happen instead. One planned scenario is replaced by the next. And they are all ours, both those that have happened and those that are still to come. Through art, we long to experience the unusual and the unexpected. We empathise with and live through others. We are captivated by watching protagonists and the medium of film itself stand in front of the unknown, confidently take the first step and somehow find the right path. We have a choice to perceive the world’s complexities and changes in a variety of ways – with exasperation, suspicion, or serenity. We can also choose to perceive the world with confidence, with a knowledge that we are not captives of the current circumstances, but rather that this experience belongs to us. And that we can do whatever we want with it. It is with this confidence that RIGA IFF announces that it will take place for the seventh time this year, from 15-25 October. The festival will gather viewers, filmmakers and film professionals to  once more face the unknown and make it their own. We invite our audiences to awaken their desire for adventure and discovery, because this year will be rich in innovations. Innovations will weave through the programming as well as the format – the festival is ready to take place both in person and online, depending on what the unknown future will bring. One thing is clear – the festival will take place and will further its mission without compromising on quality.     RIGA IFF 2020 will open sales for 10-ticket packages on 19 May. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to secure tickets early at a good price thereby reserving a place at this year’s festival where they will be able to encounter bold, new forms of cinema and storytelling and expand the boundaries of their perception. The unknown surrounds us, in cinema as in life. Let’s observe, let’s allow for the unknown to reveal itself, let’s adjust and let’s be brave. Let there be an even better and fuller life. Let the festival take place again and let it be re-invented. RIGA IFF 2020, 15-25 October.
RIGA IFF Seeks Baltic and Nordic Feature Debuts and International Shorts
Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) welcomes submissions to its four competition programmes: the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition and three SHORT RIGA competitions – the international and national short film competitions, and the Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV). The festival's competitions are especially opportune for debuting directors seeing that RIGA IFF juries include a considerable number of programme organisers for other international film festivals. The seventh edition of RIGA IFF will take place October 15 to 25, 2020. At a moment when so many film events, unfortunately, get cancelled or have to seek novel forms of reaching their audiences, we hope that autumn will come with recovery, rejuvenation and new strength – both within the industry and elsewhere. The RIGA IFF dates remain as planned – in October, when we can meet again in the most beautiful cinema halls of Riga. All competitions are judged by international jury panels composed of members from the professional international film community. Winners of past editions and the respective juries can be found on our  Previously section. The call for submissions opens on 19 March 2020. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway and must adhere to the following deadlines: • RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA International Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA National Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition – August 7 The selected works will be announced by September 10, 2020. More detailed information about rules, regulations, closing dates and awards can be found on Competitions section. Features From the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic Countries The RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition reflects transitions and recent trends in cinema. Its geographical frame – the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries and their associated territories – represents the distinctly different film schools, traditions, languages and visions on various sides of the same sea. There are no genre restrictions – films may fall into documentary, fiction, animation, or any cross-genre category. The submitted films must have been completed after July 1st, 2019, and the Latvian premiere of international submissions must take place during RIGA IFF. Short film competitions and EFA Candidacy In 2019 SHORT RIGA became part of the network of 24 film festivals that qualifies films for the European Film Awards (EFA) short film nomination. This network focuses on both selection and promotion of the 24 best short films made by European directors. This year, SHORT RIGA is expanding its competition by adding a National Competition for short film next to its international counterpart. The SHORT RIGA National Competition’s aim is to promote Latvian short films and talents, and selects at least six films to feature. The SHORT RIGA International Competition will select 35 works that display distinct auteur expression regardless of genre – animation, fiction, documentary, and experimental film are all admissible. The international jury will then select one single EFA candidate from the eligible films selected for both competitions. Scouting the Baltic Music Video Scene The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV) seeks music videos that are daring, innovative and experimental. The music videos themselves must have been produced in either Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania; the country of origin in terms of the music is not a factor in selection. Only official music video clips are accepted. Prizes The Feature Film Competition’s winning director will receive the special RIGA IFF Award – an eight-piece figurine of a rooster poured in bronze, and a monetary prize of €2,000. In the three SHORT RIGA competitions, the winning directors will receive the Silver Grass-snake – a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake; the winner of the International Competition will receive an additional monetary prize of €1,000. A single candidate from the eligible national and international competitions will be selected for the “European Short Film 2021” award. About the festival The Riga International Film Festival was established in 2014, and has quickly become one of Latvia’s premier cultural events. It is a celebration of cinema that introduces the international film industry to the current body of work coming out of the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries, and in turn, introduces local audiences to the latest happenings in world cinema. The festival advances public interest in current events taking place in the contemporary cinema landscape, and encourages dialogue between viewers and filmmakers. The mission of RIGA IFF is to create an internationally recognised cinema event that promotes Riga, enriches the northern European cultural space, and advocates for the development of an intelligent, open and active society. RIGA IFF is organised with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, the European Commission’s programme ‘Creative Europe – MEDIA’, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Riga City Council.
Video: Yet another year that’s better than the last one!
Join us as we look back at the sixth edition of RIGA IFF that attracted a record number of visitors. RIGA IFF 2020 will take place from October 15 to 25. But now, for a limited time only, there's a special holiday deal Super Early Bird 10-Ticket Pack and Festival Pass. Both of these are a unique chance to take care of the best present for yourself and dearest ones during the holiday season. Offer available until December 22! Super early bird 10-Ticket Pack (EUR 30,-) Enjoy our special offer! 100 exclusive 10-ticket packs allow for more affordable RIGA IFF. The RIGA IFF will showcase more than 100 screenings of feature films, documentaries, and short films from around the globe. As soon as the individual tickets go on sale, the pack holders are welcome to book 10 tickets for screenings of their choice, excluding the Opening Night. Multiple tickets per screening can be used. Super early bird festival pass (EUR 99,-) It doesn’t get more affordable than this. With the festival pass you have it all, including the Opening Night! It’s the best gift during the holiday season to the festival fans. It’s a personalised ID card that allows you to attend any of more than 100 of the festival’s screenings.
32nd European Film Awards ceremony – livestream on December 7
RIGA IFF in cooperation with the European Film Academy invites everyone to watch the live broadcast of the 32nd European Film Awards (EFA) on December 7 starting from 18:00 (Latvia time). 18:00 – the red carpet 20:00 – the award ceremony Among the nominees there's a number of films screened during RIGA IFF and all the nominations can be found here. EFA take place outside Berlin every other year and in 2014 the ceremony was hosted in Riga – a partnership with the freshly founded RIGA IFF. This year’s ceremony honours the achievements of European cinema in 24 categories and welcomes outstanding European film makers such as Werner Herzog, recipient of the 2019 EFA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Juliette Binoche, who will be awarded with the Achievement in World Cinema award, together with many other protagonists of European cinema such as Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland. Riga International Film Festival is an official live stream partner of the European Film Awards. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
RIGA IFF 2020 dates and SUPER EARLY BIRD tickets!
We are happy to announce that Riga International Film festival will take place from October 15 to 25 in year 2020! We celebrate this with a special holiday deal – Super Early Bird 10-Ticket Pack and Festival Pass. Both of these are a unique chance to take care of the best present for yourself and dearest ones during the holiday season. Offer available until December 22! Super early bird 10-Ticket Pack (EUR 30,-) Enjoy our special offer! 100 exclusive 10-ticket packs allow for more affordable RIGA IFF. The RIGA IFF will showcase more than 100 screenings of feature films, documentaries, and short films from around the globe. As soon as the individual tickets go on sale, the pack holders are welcome to book 10 tickets for screenings of their choice, excluding the Opening Night. Multiple tickets per screening can be used. Super early bird festival pass (EUR 99,-) It doesn't get more affordable than this. With the festival pass you have it all, including the Opening Night! It's the best gift during the holiday season to the festival fans. It’s a personalised ID card that allows you to attend any of more than 100 of the festival’s screenings.
RIGA IFF announces its 2019 winners
The sixth annual Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) attracted a record number of visitors and came to a close as the winners of the festival's competition programmes were awarded. FEATURE FILM COMPETITION RIGA IFF Award Nova Lituania, dir. Karolis Kaupinis Special Mention Animus Animalis (A story about people, animals and things), dir. Aistė Žegulytė FIPRESCI Latvian Section Jury Award: Scandinavian Silence, dir. Martti Helde Splendid Palace People’s Choice award Scandinavian Silence, dir. Martti Helde SHORT RIGA International Competition Best Short Film Uncle Thomas, accounting for the days, dir. Regina Pessoa RIGA IFF European Film Academy Short Film Candidate Uncle Thomas, accounting for the days, dir. Regina Pessoa Special Mention Community Gardens, dir. Vytautas Katkus Special Mention Operation Jane Walk, dir. Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition Best Music Video Garbanotas Liūdnos akys, dir. Titas Sūdžius Special mention Puuluup Kasekesed, dir. Taavi Arus KIDS WEEKEND Feature Film Competition RIGA IFF Children’s Jury Diploma – Best Film Rocca Changes the World, dir. Katja Benrath ARTDOCFEST/RIGA Grand Prix Immortal, dir. Ksenia Okhapkina Best Director Maxim Shved, Pure Art Jury award School of Seduction, dir. Alina Rudnitskaya Special mention Daymohk, dir. Masha Novikova Special mention State Funeral, dir. Sergei Loznitsa   Awards ceremony live-stream
RIGA IFF has kicked off
On Thursday, October 17, the legendary cinema Splendid Palace hosted the opening of one of the largest Baltic film festivals – Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF). It commenced with a screening of 3D animation film Away, made by the local filmmaker and animator Gints Zilbalodis. The guests were addressed by RIGA IFF Director Liene Treimane, Artistic Director Sonora Broka, National Film Centre of Latvia Director Dita Rietuma, and Gints Zilbalodis, the author of Away. The speakers highlighted the significant role that RIGA IFF plays in creating the image of the capital of Latvia. This marvellous event is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the world's cinema. The 6th edition of the RIGA IFF will be held until Sunday, October 27. More than 140 films in 11 separate thematic sections will be screened at various cultural venues, such as Splendid Palace, K.Suns, Kino Bize, Cafe Film Noir, the National Library of Latvia, and others.
Baltic Music Video Competition and the Festival’s Biggest Party
The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video (BMV) Competition and Party will mark the festival’s second and last Friday evening. This event of the year for music video creators from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will take place at Villa C.C. fon Stritzky, where the works will be screened in their most fitting format. The competition screenings will take place in an informal party atmosphere with the filmmakers and musicians in the audience; afterwards, the party will hit full throttle as DJs from Riga, Moscow and Amsterdam spin tunes until dawn. The evening will start at 20:00 as the works selected for the BMV Competition demonstrate that the music video is a powerful short format in its own right. The programme’s curators spent a whole year searching for works that challenge audiences by extending the accepted boundaries of the music video format, content, and even art in general – and now they are ready to present what they’ve found. An integral part of the evening will be the meet and greet with music video makers, musicians, curators, and the competition’s international jury. As soon as the screening finishes, the lights will go dim and the dance floor will open to the evening’s performers and you – our guests. Artūrs Liepiņš (Riga) As a DJ, Artūrs rarely plays music created by others because he spends most of his time composing original works. He has been part of the projects Dun Dun and ELVI/DUNIAN, has written music for the films Paradise 89, All My Friends are Dead and Fabula, and is working on creating the audiovisual identity of RIGA IFF. He is currently working on the project Domenique Dumont, a collaboration with a mysterious French artist that begun in 2013. The music of Domenique Dumont has been released by the record labels Antinote, International Feel and Record Makers, and has attracted the attention of various international media outlets (Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, NME). Domenique Dumont’s music has also been featured at a number of festivals and on international broadcasts, including BBC Radio, NTS, Radio Nova, and FIP FM. As Liepiņš himself says: ‘I’ll be playing a variety of both contemporary and 20th-century music that has been either ripped from dusty hard drives and flash drives, has been mailed to me, I’ve found on the street in other countries, or has been recommended to me by friends or algorithms.’ JAVYBZ (Moscow) Javybz (Anya Karmanova and Julia Rodionova) is a Moscow-based duo. They are also residents at the London radio station NTS, where they host the monthly show  All Styles All Smiles. Anya and Julia recently celebrated ten years on the radio (the show originally debuted at another London radio station – Deep Frequency). They've also done shows for Red Light, Worldwide FM, David Byrne and The Lot Radio. Both artists focus on rare grooves, classics, new productions and obscurities with a worldwide perspective. Together and independently they've been involved in various music projects such as organising parties and vinyl markets, curating festivals, and curating music for an exhibition at the Tate Modern. JEN Z (Amsterdam) JEN Z, aka Žanete Skarule, has a master’s degree in Film/Video from the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and is an experienced director who made her debut at RIGA IFF in 2017 with the film Flying Monks Temple and the project Sound We See: Riga. This year, she is participating with the short film Fabula. Alongside her professional career, JEN Z skillfully leads crowd scenes on the dance floor.
All Films Go on Sale and Curators Offer Their Insights!
The RIGA IFF 2019 programme is indeed ready! 148 films in 11 days and 11 thematic sections including competition programmes – these are the numbers of the sixth Riga International Film Festival. You can find our curators' insights by most of the film descriptions on this site - a chance to see the  film from the curators' point of view! Again, contemporary cinema will meet the classics and work of renowned directors will be screened alongside courageous debuts. There's no shortage of films in the programme, but we have made sure that one can navigate them easily and that the most treasured finds can be saved for later. Do that with “❤”! Head over to the calendar view or the alphabetical index and pick your favourites.
Albert Serra’s Adult Libertine Fairy Tale Explores The Limits of Hedonism (18+)
The Spanish writer-director challenges the audience with his latest work Liberté. Adapted from his play which debuted at Berlin in 2018 and having had its premiere in Cannes, it – typically to Serra’s work – strictly parts the audience in those that do or do not accept to follow the director’s vision. The RIGA IFF screening will take place on the evening of October 23. The film – spanning more than 2 hours in duration – not only challenges the audience to immerse itself in the challenging territory of boundless satisfaction of the pleasure, but also to indulge in the multilayered message and lack of emotion characteristic of Marquis de Sade. Shortly before the French Revolution, the aristocrats expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker. They aim to export libertinage – an extreme hedonism that rejects moral boundaries and authorities. But moreover – to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys any laws. And they find themselves in a dark forest clearing... Bodies, impulses, desire. The libertines craved liberty. The film is asking what it is that this liberty leads to, which absence? And is this absence bearable? Serra wants the film to physically impact the viewer and produce the type of stunned state you can be in when you walk out of a night club in the early hours of the morning. When you can no longer distinguish what you’ve seen from what you’ve heard or what you’ve imagined.
Roy Andersson’s Divine Comedy Covers The Tragicomic Nature Of Life
Roy Andersson – characterised by his well-developed style of narration and aesthetics – returns to RIGA IFF. His latest film About Endlessness – the first since A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, with multiple festival's screenings in 2014 – is as odd and as alluring as the previous. It will be screened as a part of NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS on October 18 and 22. About Endlessness is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by a Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp. The director has developed such a genuinely distinctive and original way of making films that his works qualify as a genre of their own. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, this film presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
Xavier Dolan’s reflection on the private life of celebrities in the eyes of the public
As a part of the festival's section New Canadian Cinema – dedicated to the latest films from Canada – audiences will have the opportunity to see the latest film by Xavier Dolan titled The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The polarising Canadian-born director's film – the production of which spanned several years – was premiered in Toronto International Film Festival, but the RIGA IFF screening will take place on October 24, at cinema Splendid Palace. A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor Rupert reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on their lives. Rupert Turner reveals all he knows about John's troubled life, what compromises John made for fame — and how John's tenderness and generosity inspired that little boy who was desperate to connect with the man he idolized. The film condemns the cruelty and prejudices that thwarted John's too-short life while celebrating the depth of his connection to those who truly loved him. Xavier Dolan’s seventh feature and first in English is a summation of key themes the Montreal writer and director often explores: gay alienation and shame, suburban resentment and fraught mother-son relationships. Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Kit Harington and Kathy Bates all star in major roles! Various biographical details of the director's life have been woven into the story.
The World premiere of the Kamēr… choir’s journey to the European Grand Prix
As part of the RIGA IFF programme, a special screening will feature the World premiere of Emīls Alps’ film Choir. Conductor. Kamēr… on the famous youth choir’s journey to the Tolosa Choral Competition, at which the grand prize had to be won to qualify for the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Created by a member of the choir, the film offers unprecedented insight into the singers’ passion for music, loyalty among friends, and the overcoming of difficulties. The film will be screened on October 18 at the Splendid Palace cinema. Emīls Alps emphasises that this is his life's work. As the film’s director, his artistic style and creative vision have been strongly influenced by singing in choirs and vocal ensembles from an early age. This life-long experience has made it possible for him to capture moments that are usually never seen by outsiders. Aivis Greters had just taken on the position of chief conductor and artistic director of the world-renowned choir in 2018, and this year the choir Kamēr... has, for the third time in its history, triumphed at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
Media accreditation is now open for the RIGA IFF 2019 (apply by September 20)
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 20, 2019. Every accreditation application will be assessed individually and the decision will be made known to all the applicants by no later than October 4.  In case of questions, please contact Inita Sila by emailing or calling +371 2 9103354‬. RIGA IFF will run from October 17-27 at cinemas Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize as well as the National Library of Latvia and Kanepes Culture Centre. The festival will feature over 100 film screenings, 11 film programmes as well as lectures, discussions and other special events.  
‘Beanpole’ Depicts a Devasted Postwar Leningrad Through the Eyes of a Woman
Leningrad in autumn of 1945. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege – one of the worst in history – is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. It was important for the director to show the consequences of war through people’s faces, eyes, physiques, bodies, not just through abandoned or destroyed buildings. His main inspiration for Beanpole was the book The Unwomanly Face of War by the Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich. The producer believes that Balagov’s true strength comes from his realization of the drama and cruelty of life and his deep affection and empathy towards the people who are trying to overcome terrible obstacles. The film is being screened as part of Festival Selection.
Plastic spoon as a symbol of our times in the latest feature by Laila Pakalniņa
Laila Pakalnina, the Latvian auteur praised for her documentary work, finds splendour in the ordinary, everyday presence of a plastic spoon. The national premiere of Spoon will take place within the Riga IFF Feature Film Competition on October 24. The film is both a lament and a satire: Spoon exposes the amount of waste that goes into the creation of something that will inevitably be disposed of shortly after the use, while also portraying how psychologically affected humans are by the process of creating something so ordinary. Her works being selected for almost all A-class film festivals in the world, Pakalniņa remarks that this feature is not so much about spoons, as it is about what she defines as a real film. Cinematographer Gints Berzins emphasises that film was black and white from the very outset, considering the black oil and white plastic as its subject matter. From extraction of oil and processing it into plastic, to casting it into its final shape – Spoon takes something so small and insignificant, and imbues it with a life and meaning far beyond its intended use. The single-use plastic utensil being a global phenomenon, the Spoon has the widest location coverage that Pakalinina has done to date – Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Azerbaijan, China, and Hong Kong.
Pattinson and Dafoe in the psychological horror drama ‘The Lighthouse’
As part of the FESTIVAL SELECTION, curated to showcase the most spectacular cinema of Europe and the whole world, the audience will get a chance to see the writer-director Robert Eggers' second feature The Lighthouse. This film starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson will be screened on Sunday, October 20, at 19:00. Robert Eggers secures his position as one of cinema’s most exciting contemporary auteurs. His second feature The Lighthouse is as mesmerizing as it is otherworldly. Lighthouse examines the dark impulses of hardscrabble men embroiled in a complex game of power dynamics. “Nothing good can happen when two men are left alone in a giant phallus,” Eggers remarks. The film won the FIPRESCI Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second features in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics Week. Following The Witch’s smash debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the instant horror classic catapulted Eggers to the front ranks of American auteurs. After winning the Directing Prize at Sundance, it was released to glowing reviews, terrifying audiences around the world.
RIGA IFF short film programme will open with six dazzling premieres
The short film programme SHORT RIGA will see its opening on October 22 with a celebration of six national premieres of Latvian productions, among which there will be works by the recognised authors Lizete Upīte, Žanete Skarule and Nils Skapāns, as well as three student shorts. The special screening will host Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. “On this evening six works of different genre, temper and message will see their premieres, all united by the fact that these are all auteur works” Anna Zača, curator of SHORT RIGA emphasises. Lizete Upīte will participate with a Latvian-French co-production Riga’s Lilac, whereas Žanete Skarule – with a poetry film Fable (developed as a part of the project Motionpoems), in which the main heroine is portrayed by the charming actress Emma Bobrova Lourié. The result of an unprecedented creative collaboration will be seen in the VFS Films produced puppet animation short All My Friends Are Dead. Its creator is the debutant Anna Zača, but the film’s second director and animator is the Latvian animation heavyweight Nils Skapāns. This screening will also premiere three student works: Tīna Zariņa’s short film Eastern-European Spiderwoman, an animated short Night Shift by the Art Academy of Latvia graduate Linda Stūre and to conclude - her coursemate’s Kerija Arne’s witty animated short work Dramatic Ending. This year is going to be special for the festival’s SHORT RIGA section, because its competition programme has provided RIGA IFF a qualifying status for the exclusive European Film Academy Awards - next to prominent film festivals like the Berlinale, Venice Film Festival and Karlovy Vary.  
ARTDOCFEST RIGA opening film documents seduction of wealthy men
The ambitious, thought-provoking and multifaceted RIGA IFF competition of documentaries ARTDOCFEST/RIGA will open with a Latvian premiere of the tragicomic documentary School of Seduction on October 21. All ARTDOCFEST/RIGA screenings, including the opening film, will host Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. In a society where for women there are no easy ways to get ahead, the shortest ride to the top is a wealthy man. Psychologist Vladimir Rakovsky has an easy solution. He is a tutor of his own “School of Seduction” and runs highly priced courses, simply titled: “How to seduce rich men”. In School of Seduction we witness Rakovsky teaching three young women how to seduce a man, and just as importantly – how to keep him. It’s not easy. Seven years of recordings by the filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya paint a sometimes tragicomic picture of gender roles and femininity in Putin's Russia. ARTDOCFEST/RIGA is curated by Artdocfest, the largest documentary film festival in Russia that has cut the state support for this significant event.
BERLINALE 2019 RIGA opening – a System Crasher’s longing for home
BERLINALE 2019 RIGA hosts a selection of films from Germany's most important cinema event Berlinale, depicting its strong influence on the trend developments in film art. This selection will see its opening on October 23 with the stellar debut film “System Crasher” directed by Nora Fingscheidt. “System Crasher” is the laureate of Berlinale's Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. It depicts 9-year-old Benni on her wild quest for a home. This film is a result of a research spanning over many years, following the director's first encounter with the unofficial term system crasher. The story focuses on Benni’s point of view: the confusing number of “homes”, the changing guardians and the constant and dizzying disruption of relationships. The director reflects: “Children’s violence is a cry for help. Always.” BERLINALE 2019 RIGA is not just a unique opportunity to see these films on big screens in Riga, it can be regarded as a present-day reflection of the German society and culture life. BERLINALE 2019 RIGA is made in partnership with the Goethe Institute in Riga.
New Canadian cinema – a film about the supernatural in a Quebec smalltown
Searching for new film horizons, RIGA IFF looks across the ocean and presents a NEW CANADIAN CINEMA selection in collaboration with the Montreal International Film Festival Festival du nouveau cinéma. The first from this programme to be announced is a screening of Ghost Town Anthology on October 23, 18.00, with participation of the director Denis Côté himself. Ghost Town Anthology begins with a death of a young man in an isolated Quebec smalltown. Mourning locals are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the accident, while the mayor suddenly has new troubles to deal with – the return of the dead. Spiked with tragic humour and straddling the line between social realism and the supernatural, Ghost Town Anthology was shot on 16 mm film and is based on a novel by writer and photographer Laurence Olivier. The charismatic Denis Côté is among the most exciting and internationally renowned Québécois film directors and willl be available for a Q&A session after the screening. A true cinefile himself, he is keenly interested in exploring the possibilities of the language of film.
RIGA IFF children’s film programme – with the best European film of the year
The first weekend of RIGA IFF – October 19 and 20 – will also be a KIDS WEEKEND, with screenings of its children's film programme, including the latest animated shorts and European feature films that rarely reach local cinema screens. “KIDS WEEKEND films have been selected in collaboration with children's film festivals all around the world. With respect and consideration for the main audience – children – RIGA IFF brings a breath of the world to its viewers, expanding their horizons and encouraging conversation. This year's films for kids aged from 3 to 13 all carry a message: to make the world better you don't have to wait for mythical superheroes – each of us can do more good than we think,” KIDS WEEKEND curator Kristīne Simsone highlights. This weekend full of cinematic adventures will include 'Supa Modo', a Kenyan and German co-production that was awarded the Best European Children’s Film prize by the European Children's Film Association in 2018. Its main character, the nine year old Jo, is fighting a terminal illness, and dreams to become the kind of a superhero she sees in adventure films. The lighthearted German adventure comedy 'Rocca Changes the World' ponders what Pippi Longstocking, the famous character by Astrid Lindgren, would be like in our time. A Nordic presence in this RIGA IFF selection is the Icelandic football drama 'The Falcons', offering a look at scenic Icelandic landscapes, a gripping tale of rivalry, and a reassurance that fair play can be applied to everyday situations off the pitch. And another Nordic film, the Danish thriller 'Hacker', is an excellent fast-paced technology story. The youngest viewers and their parents are welcome to specially programmed animated short screenings. This hour-long selection, featuring work by the most renowned studios in Europe, is always an audience favourite and among the most attended events at the festival. KIDS WEEKEND will take place at Splendid Palace cinema from 11.00 to 16.00, and the viewers are welcome to spend the time between the screenings in the playhouse by interior design store MOKKA, also hosting book readings arranged by “Liels un mazs” (Big And Small) publishing house.
Valmieras vasaras teātra festivāla laikā RIGA IFF piedāvās brīvdabas kino vakarus
Valmieras vasaras teātra festivāls šogad norisināsies no 2. līdz 4.augustam. Ar devīzi Dzīvā pilsēta tas aicinās mesties piedzīvojumos bērnus, jauniešus un viņu vecākus. Līdztekus deviņām izrādēm, kuras tiks izrādītas teātrim neierastās vietās, izrāžu apmeklētājiem, valmieriešiem un pilsētas viesiem tiks piedāvāta plaša paralēlā programma, kas ļaus izdzīvot piedzīvojumus arī ārpus izrāžu norises vietām. Gaidīts notikums lieliem un maziem ir brīvdabas kino vakari, kuri tapuši sadarbībā ar Rīgas Starptautisko kino festivālu. Kino programma piemērota visu vecumu skatītājiem, bet jo īpaši bērniem un jauniešiem. Kompaktajā trīs filmu izlasē iekļautie darbi ir aizvadīto gadu RIGA IFF bērnu filmu programmas Kids Weekend lielākās veiksmes - bērnu žūrijas laureātes un skatītāju iemīļotas filmas. Tie ir aizrautīgi un sirsnīgi piedzīvojumu stāsti, kas savos vēstījumos patīkami atšķiras no tā, ko esam pieraduši redzēt uz lielajiem ekrāniem. Visas filmas tik demonstrētas ar subtitriem latviešu valodā un to sākums plkst. 22.00, pavisam neilgi pēc saules rieta. Kino skatīšanās notiks Festivāla centrā, Vecpuišu parkā, Valmierā. Brīvdabas kino seansi apmeklētājiem bez maksas. SKATĀMĀS FILMAS 2. augustā/ 213. ISTABA / rež. Emēlija Lindbloma / Zviedrija / 2017 Filma stāstīs par istabu ar numuru 213, kurā negaidītu notikumu dēļ tiek izmitinātas meitenes. Te neiztikt bez mīklainiem notikumiem, kas neviļus noved pie jautājuma – vai leģenda par nometnē mājojošo spoku ir patiesa? Filma 2017. gadā saņēmusi RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas balvu. Filmas izrādīšanu atbalsta Ziemeļu Ministru padomes birojs Latvijā. Ieteicamā auditorija: 9+ 3. augustā/ LOS BANDO / rež. Kristians Lo / Norvēģija, Zviedrija / 2018 Stāsts par rokgrupu Los Bando Immortale, kurai ir lieli sapņi, bet trūkst basģitārista, un….Aksels īsti neprot dziedāt. Viss mainās, kad grupai pievienojās deviņgadīgā čelliste Tilda un vietējais sacīkšu braucējs Martins negaidīti piekrīt grupu vest līdz Trumsē, kur notiks Norvēģijas roka čempionāts. Filma 2018. gadā saņēmusi RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas balvu. Filmas izrādīšanu atbalsta Norvēģijas Karalistes vēstniecība Latvijā. Ieteicamā auditorija: 7+ 4. augustā / GĀJPUTNI / rež. Olivjē Ranžē / Beļģija, Francija / 2015 Filma stāsta par Keitiju, kuras dzimšanas diena ir 29. februārī. Tēvs viņai uzdāvina savādu dāvanu – olu, no kuras jāizšķiļas putnēnam. Turpat blakus ir arī Margo, kura nogurusi no ķīviņiem ar vecākiem. Taču brīdī, kad noslēpumainā ola beidzot šķiļas, abas meitenes tiek ierautas neaizmirstamā ceļojumā. Filma atzītā kā labākā Eiropas bērnu filmu asociācijas (ECFA) balsojumā. Ieteicamā auditorija: 7+ Ilggadējā sadarbība abu festivālu starpā ir lieliska iespēja papildināt viena festivāla programmu un  atzīmēt otra festivāla tuvošanos – Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls šogad notiks no 17. līdz 27. oktobrim. Visas Valmieras vasaras teātra festivāla dienas Vecpuišu parkā darbosies Festivāla centrs. Tas tiks iekārtots sadarbībā ar Biznesa, mākslas un tehnoloģiju augstskolas RISEBA rīkoto starptautisko vasaras skolu FestivaL’and 2.0. Jaunievedums šajā gadā - centrā būs īpaši iekārtota pop - up radio studija, kurā ikviens varēs līdzdarboties -  ieklausoties un rosinot sarunas ar režisoriem, aktieriem un interesantiem cilvēkiem. Savukārt sestdien Latvijas Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs piedāvās dažādu mākslinieku praktiskas meistardarbnīcas bērniem un jauniešiem, ļaujot izglītoties un pašu spēkiem veidot ieskatu mākslas pasaulē. Visas aktivitātes Festivāla centrā apmeklētājiem bez maksas. Biļetes uz festivāla izrādēm iespējams iegādāties visās Biļešu paradīzes kasēs, Valmieras Drāmas teātrī, kā arī internetā, un Valmieras vasaras teātra festivāls notiks ceturto reizi, līdz šim ik gadu pulcējot vairāk nekā 5000 apmeklētāju. Festivālu rīko Valmieras teātris sadarbībā ar Valmieras pilsētas pašvaldību un Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonda finansiālo atbalstu.
IN TECHNO VERITAS opening screening: Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
The retrospective and research section of RIGA IFF – IN TECHNO VERITAS, created with the help of guest curator Viktors Freibergs – will be opened with a very special one-off screening of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ on October 22, 20:30, at the Large hall of ‘Splendid Palace’ cinema. ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968), the legendary film symphony made by the extraordinary visionary and great director Stanley Kubrick was something completely unexpected for the entire film industry – its special effects of unprecedented quality and unconventional narrative made it a turning point in the development of sci-fi genre. It inspired a whole generation of directors, including George Lucas (‘Star Wars’), who has said that the appearance of this film attracted an adult audience to science fiction film, offering more than just entertainment. Read more about IN TECHNO VERITAS section and other films on its list in our May announcement!
SHORT RIGA: Tests Screenings — call for Baltic talents to springboard onto the festival circuit
Don't miss the opportunity to have your films analysed by an international panel of experts. SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings provide invaluable feedback from the professionals, helping you to further the development of your film. Riga International Film Festival’s (RIGA IFF) SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings look for the Baltic short film projects that are recently finished or undergo their final stages of production (rough cut – up to 40min; finished films – up to 30min). Ten selected entries will be presented to the expert panel members and a special audience at RIGA IFF 2019. Test Screenings will take place October 24 – 25, 2019, and ubmission are open till 16th of August (23:59 CET). Participation is free of charge and we will take care of your stay in Riga. No presentation or pitch necessary, but attendance of the director is mandatory. The event is supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.
FESTIVAL SELECTION filmā – Tilda Svintone un viņas meita Onora Svintone Bērna (biļetes tirdzniecībā!)
In an exclusive screening, FESTIVAL SELECTION will feature the british auteur Joanna Hogg's film ‘The Souvenir’ – an enigmatic and deeply personal story taking place on the backdrop of London in the early 1980s. The leading roles are played by Tilda Swinton, the world-famous diva with androgynous image, and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne, this being her on-screen debut. The film received the prestigious Sundance World Cinema Dramatic prize. The partly–autobiographical work, depicting the Swinton Byrne's Julie starting her studies at a film school, emphasises the female gaze and portrays how complicated the nature of relationships is. Quoting Tom Burke's Anthony, the film invites the audience to “see life as it is experienced.” This is the fourth feature film from the celebrated and multi-award-winning British auteur Joanna Hogg. One of the film's executive producers is Martin Scorsese. As a reminder, tickets are on sale for the only screening of the Cannes '72 winner ‘Parasite’, Gints Zilbalodis sensational Annecy's Contrachamp winner ‘Away’, as well as Latvia–shot ‘Dogs Don't Wear Pants’, revealing the protagonist's complicated interrelation with BDSM.
RIGA IFF presents a film shot in Latvia about the protagonist’s interrelation with BDSM (tickets on sale!)
The opening of the RIGA IFF’s film section NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS will take place on October 18. It will be marked with a screening of ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ by J-P Valkeapää – a daring story on how a man seeks to cope with the death of his wife through exploring the limits of his pain and endurance in BDSM sessions. The film was shot in Latvia – with members of the Riga BDSM community as background actors – and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Finnish cinema – so close to us in regard to its emotional temperature – continues to surprise. Inspired by the films of Kaurismäki and Bergman, J-P Valkeapää, one of Finland’s most interesting directors of auteur cinema, has created a bold, extravagant and very personal story about the acceptance of loss. It portrays the life of contemporary society hidden from daylight and the eyes of strangers, where pleasure can’t be separated from pain,” explains Sonora Broka, the Programme Director of RIGA IFF. ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ was produced by Finland’s ‘Helsinki-filmi’, and was co-produced by the Latvian production company ‘Tasse Film’. The co-production was supported by the Latvian National Film Centre and Riga Film Fund.
Acclaimed Latvian animation ‘Away’ at the RIGA IFF Opening Night (Tickets on sale!)
We are delighted to announce that the opening film of the RIGA IFF on October 17 will be 'Away' – feature debut of the gifted young Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis. This film is currently being praised by audiences and critics alike at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The artist and director attracts attention as a one-man band: everything – screenplay, animation of the characters and backgrounds, editing, composing, sound design, and production – was done solely by him over three and a half years. Find more about ‘Away’ here. The Opening Night of the festival will be special as an exclusive opportunity to participate at the National premiere of ‘Away’, to meet its author and the RIGA IFF's representatives, as well as to enjoy the festive atmosphere of this event. There is a limited amount of tickets available already! The soundtrack by Gints Zilbalodis is available on Spotify, Apple Music iTunes, Google Play Music and Amazon. Reminder: head over to our tickets section to find out what other titles are already on sale for RIGA IFF 2019!
Baltic Pitching Forum calls for short film projects
The 7th edition of the Baltic Pitching Forum, organised by Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts,”  is looking for short film projects. This year it expands the horizon by inviting Finland as a Guest Country. Accordingly, three Finnish short film projects will be selected for participation alongside Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian filmmakers. The event welcomes participants that are either directors or/and producers of the submitted project. In 2016, Lizete Upīte's film “Riga's Lilac” – featured in this year's RIGA IFF: Short Riga Opening – was selected as one of the winners at the Baltic Pitching Forum 2016. Lizete Upīte was awarded with participant rights at the European Short Pitch 2017 organized by NISI MASA. Latvian director-screenwriter Reinis Spaile, participant of the last year's edition, recounts his experience last year: “For me it was a highly valuable experience, both in terms of pitching practice, as well as for meeting other Baltic screenwriters. Those were two intense days with trainings, lectures and two pitching sessions. And Vilnius is an amazing weekend destination!” Read more on the Baltic Pitching Forum website. Application deadline is the 1st of August.
Cannes Winner ‘Parasite’ at RIGA IFF (Tickets on sale!)
The Riga International Film Festival's visitors will have the opportunity to watch Parasite, a dark comedy by Korean director Bong Joon-ho that unanimously won the Palme d'Or of the 72nd Cannes film festival. Film will be screened in October 19, 21:30 at Splendid Palace Large hall and tickets are already available! “I am thrilled about the possibility to present this moving, exciting, brave social satire in our film programme. Parasite is an elegantly effortless mixture of drama, thriller, black comedy and elements of farce. It touches, it horrifies, it entertains, it shames, but it does not preach. I am certain this film will spark many thrilling, challenging discussions after its screening at the festival,” notes Liene Treimane, director of RIGA IFF. Parasite is a story of the relationship between two Korean families – one rich, one poor. The life of modern urban elite flourish in a pretentious edifice designed by a famous architect, while a family troubled by poverty and misfortune struggles to overcome its dead-end situation in a squalid semi-basement flat. When the life paths of such different people cross, the scale of potential gains and destruction is impossible to predict. In this film, the director shows how the caste system, the hierarchy of classes in contemporary society is hypocritically disguised and out of sight, treated as if it were a relic of the past, but the reality is that strict boundaries remain in place – and the symbiotic coexistence of people from vastly different social strata proves impossible. Parasite is another pick for the section FESTIVAL SELECTION, which will feature pictures that have gained critical acclaim at international film festivals – including Sorry, We Missed You (2019) by British social drama master Ken Loach, Non-Fiction (Doubles vies, 2018), a self-ironic work by French director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas, and the largely autobiographical dramedy Synonyms (Synonymes, 2019) by Israeli director Nadav Lapid, winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear. The RIGA IFF festival programme is still being developed – it will include over 100 screenings of fiction, documentaries and short films from around the world. Right now, the EARLY BIRD ticket packs are available to anyone who wants to have a wonderful time at the cinema this autumn. This limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs is valid for all festival screenings! Just €40 buys you a set of 10 tickets – valid for any screening, suitable for groups of viewers! For more information about tickets, please visit
100 EARLY BIRD ticket packs on sale!
RIGA IFF launches the sales of one hundred EARLY BIRD ticket packs from May 29, 10:00. This limited offer is a unique opportunity to spend a lot less on the festival attendance – just 40 € for 10 tickets! As soon as the individual tickets go on sale, the pack holders are welcome to book and collect 10 tickets for any film screening or screenings of RIGA IFF. The programme of RIGA IFF will comprise feature films, documentaries and short films from all over the world in more than 100 screenings. The following three films have just been added to the section FESTIVAL SELECTION! Sorry, We Missed You (2019) by the British social drama master Ken Loach, nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will touch a cord with those shaken by the dark side of globalization. The self-ironic Non-Fiction (Doubles vies, 2018) by the French director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas, one of the contenders for the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival, will make you smile about the twists and turns of careers and love lives of contemporary high society as well as problems and hopes brought by global digitalization. Probably, the most unexpected surprise will be the partially autobiographical tragicomedy Synonyms (Synonymes, 2019) by the Israeli director Nadav Lapid, telling a story about the ability and disability to break free from one’s national identity. The film received the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival and the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
IN TECHNO VERITAS – Back to the Future
A special technological ambiance will await the audience of RIGA IFF, as the festival's section of retrospective and research IN TECHNO VERITAS is focusing on the interaction between society and technologies in the selected works of classic filmmakers this year. The guest curator – film expert Viktors Freibergs – invites to explore the cinematic marvels that have amazed and inspired several generations of cinefiles and film professionals already. Two of these films from 1980s depict concerns and issues that have gained major importance since the time of their making. Two other films were shot during the period of Cold War when it seemed that the related international tension and fear will never decrease. Cinema offered to confront these fears head-on or to escape in hopeful visions. Mankind made its first notable steps in space exploration and the interest in science and science fiction flourished. Videodrome (1983) – a techno-surreal provocation with violence and brainwashing by David Paul Cronenberg, the famous innovator of forms and language. It stars Debbie Harry, the ultimate pop-rock diva – lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. Andy Warhol, the key figure in Pop Art and master of media manipulation, as well as Harry's friend and author of her iconic portraits, described Videodrome as A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971) of the 80s. Brazil (1985) – Terry Gilliam's Orwellian dystopia with political satire. The featured retro-futuristic world vibrates with the variations of Brazil, the well-known samba melody composed by Ary Barroso. With academic background in political science and frustrated by the brutality of law enforcement authorities in the USA, the director moved to Great Britain and joined the surreal comedy group Monthy Python. He sees an alternative to the world-view imposed by state power and media in the magic realism. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – a film directed by Robert Wise about an important message that may affect the entire human race. Based on the Harry Bates’ science fiction short story Farewell to the Master (1940), the screenplay was written by Edmund Hall North, a former army officer, in response to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. An alien visitor says brilliant words in this work: “I’m impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it.” One more proof of the timeless impact of this film is that there was a remake released in 2008 starring Keanu Reeves. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick's legendary film symphony is based on a short story written by the co-writer Arthur C. Clarke. There are mysterious monoliths that play a crucial role in the evolution of mankind and a sentient computer HAL 9000 that reveals human weaknesses way more spectacular than any person in the space mission. The director has stated: “If the film stirs the emotions and penetrates the subconscious of the viewer, if it stimulates, however inchoately, mythological and religious yearnings and impulses, then it has succeeded.” Please note that the annual EARLY BIRD ticket sales will be launched on May 29! This limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs is your chance to spend a lot less on the RIGA IFF attendance in autumn. The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!  
FESTIVAL SELECTION film ‘Non-Fiction’ – relationships in the technological era
Olivier Assayas, the director of 'Non-Fiction' included in FESTIVAL SELECTION, invites to meet a small company of Parisian intellectuals. The sophistication of the usual talks and manners turns out to be just a cover for existential anxiety, banal cheating, frustration, and confusion.The story revolves around two couples connected with the world of literature. Their professional life and relationships are strongly affected by the rapid advancement of digital technology. The smooth flow of the film, the themes depicted, humour, and the outstanding performance of the cast will guarantee you an excellent evening. The director particularly praises the spirit of freedom, the rich imagination and the unstoppable energy brought to the set by Juliette Binoche. Their first encounter was 30 years ago when Binoche starred in the erotic drama 'Rendez-vous' (1985) directed by André Téchiné and co-written by Assayas. 'Non-Fiction' marks 10 years since her first appearance in a film directed by Assayas himself. Such films are three now: 'Summer Hours' (L’heure d’été, 2008), 'Clouds of Sils Maria' (2014) and 'Non-Fiction' (Doubles vies, 2018). 'Non-Fiction' was mainly shot with a compact 16mm film camera to ensure free movement and intimacy with actors. The works of Assayas have won numerous nominations and awards at many international film festivals. We remind you that the annual EARLY BIRD ticket sales will be launched on May 29. The limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs is your chance to spend a lot less on the festival attendance in autumn. The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!
KIDS WEEKEND film “Supa Modo” – the power of hope and jokes in sorrow
The cinema 'Splendid Palace' will be filled with children joyfully chatting again on the first weekend of RIGA IFF. Two day long, this event will bring together families! KIDS WEEKEND invites to attend both the special short film screenings for the youngest audience and four feature films for older children. The first one we would like to announce is 'Supa Modo' – a story that tells how it may take just a village to make a dream come true. Bright gowns, an unfamiliar environment, and hope alternating with joy. Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero. Inspired by her older sister, the villagers persuade Jo she really has special powers and cast her as the star of her very own movie! Alongside with telling the story about Jo and the villagers, this film helps the world expand their understanding of the ‘African’ story – it shows a small town in Kenya as a true reflection of the place the filmmakers grew up in. 'Supa Modo' reveals the power of hope and jokes in times of sorrow – it does not wallow in sadness but encourage to find the strength to overcome it. The impact of the film is priceless – its crew has received emails and calls from people telling that because of watching 'Supa Modo' they are able to talk about death with their kids. The co-screenwriter Silas Miami points out that the story shows circumstances in which we do what we need to do to make our lives and the lives of those whom we love just a little better. In turn, we find value in who we are. This is Likarion Wainaina's debut as a feature film director and Stycie Wawaru's (Jo) debut as an actress. “Supa Modo' has won the Award for Best European Children's Film presented by the European Children's Film Association (ECFA) and was Kenya's submission to the 91st Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film. The German co-producer of this work is Tom Tykwer, director of the famous film 'Run Lola Run' (Lola rennt, 1998) and founder of the production company 'One Fine Day Films'. Movie writer David Opie (magazine 'Little White Lies') says about the film: "A love letter to the power of escapism, a devastating portrayal of grief and a Kenyan family drama that defies stereotypes, 'Supa Modo' serves as an important reminder that even when heroes die, they can continue to inspire others long after they're gone." This film is recommended for children ages 9 and older. The screening of ‘Supa Modo’ within the framework of RIGA IFF is supported by Goethe-Institut Riga. Please note that the annual EARLY BIRD ticket sales will be launched on May 29! This limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs is your chance to spend a lot less on the RIGA IFF attendance in autumn The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!
SHORT RIGA Opening will feature “Riga’s Lilac” – a short on bad smells
The opening of SHORT RIGA section will host a number of national premieres by Latvian authors. We are happy to announce that Lizete Upīte's short film “Riga's Lilac” will be one of the works featured. The hand-drawn animation film captures the social impact that a bad smell of another person can cause. The interviews conducted in Riga and the audio recordings by Ģirts Bišs reveal the capital city in a tragicomic manner, constituting what can be conceptualised as “documentary fiction.” “Night Walks,” Upīte’s first film made in Latvia, was nominated in five categories at the Latvian National Film Awards “Lielais Kristaps” 2018. Upīte received award as the best animation artist and Ģirts Bišs was awarded for the best sound design. “Night Walks” has also received high appraisal in one of the oldest and most prominent Northern European film festivals – the Grand Prix of the Fredrikstad Animation Festival. The short films of Lizete Upīte reflect on the depicted environment and center around everyday experiences that often go unnoticed. Her works show direct influences of the cities she has resided in when elaborating them. Thus, the depiction of Riga is special not only in subject matter but also with regard to the overall atmosphere. “Riga's Lilac” has been drawn in Vendome, France, while participating in the creative residency "Ciclic Animation", and is produced by Papy3D (France) and Atom Art (Latvia). You can find out more about the SHORT RIGA section here. We remind you that on May 29 a limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs will be launched. It is your chance to spend a lot less on the festival attendance or make a nice present for someone special! The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!
FESTIVAL SELECTION to feature Ken Loach’s film
This is the first day of the Cannes Film Festival and we are announcing the first film of RIGA IFF 2019! We are happy to announce that we will be screening a film presented in the competition section of the Cannes Film Festival - the newest work Sorry We Missed You by the outstanding director Ken Loach. The film focuses on one of the many families stuck in debts caused by the financial crisis of 2008 and forced to work their way out. An opportunity arises when Ricky gets hold of a shiny new van and has the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. Both Ricky and his wife, a carer, work hard. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point. Being one of the few directors awarded with two Golden Palms and having received many other awards, Ken Loach is the most successful director in the history of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. He has won lifetime achievement awards in both Cannes and Berlinale: the Honorary Golden Lion in 1994 and the Honorary Golden Bear in 2014. At 82, Loach is reluctant to say whether this is his last work. Dolan, Almodovar, Dardenne brothers – these are only some of the directors that participate in this year’s Cannes Official Selection. We remind you that on May 29 a limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs will be launched. It is your chance to spend a lot less on the festival attendance or make a nice present for someone special! The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!
EARLY BIRD ticket packs on sale from May 29!
The Riga International Film Festival will launch the annual EARLY BIRDS ticket sales on May 29! The limited offer of one hundred exclusive ten-ticket packs is your chance to spend a lot less on the festival attendance or make a nice present for someone special! More than 100 screenings of feature films, documentaries and short films from all over the world will await the audience of film lovers this year. As soon as the individual tickets go on sale, the pack holders are welcome to book and collect 10 tickets for any film screening or screenings of RIGA IFF. The ticket packs will be available at our ticket section!
RIGA IFF calls for entries
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) announces calls for submissions to its three competition programmes: the Feature Film Competition, the SHORT RIGA International Competition, and the SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV). The sixth edition of RIGA IFF will take place from October 17 to 27, 2019. RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition seeks innovative cinematic language and auteur expression being created within the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden). This programme reflects transitions and recent trends in cinema. There are no genre restrictions – films may fall into documentary, fiction, animation, or any cross-genre category. The 10 films that are ultimately selected exhibit present-day contemplation about the cinema of tomorrow. SHORT RIGA International Competition looks for distinct expression in short format film – whether it’s animation, fiction, documentary, or experimental production. The festival's curators select 35 of the most interesting submissions from around the world. SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV) endeavors to uphold the belief that music video is an independent and powerful short format. BMV appreciates videos that both challenge the audience and push the boundaries of accepted format, content, and artistry. The screening of this programme is designed as a special event: a lively meeting between music video-makers, musicians and composers, curators, the international jury members, and the audience. Calls for entries open on March 19. More detailed information about the rules, regulations, closing dates, and awards can be found at The festival consists of three competition programmes, various special sections, diverse industry events, and thought-provoking public discussions. RIGA IFF is organised with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, the European Commission’s programme ‘Creative Europe – MEDIA’, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Riga City Council.
We know our dates! Even though RIGA IFF 2018 is still fresh in our memories and barely saved on our hard drives, we can proudly share the dates for the next one to come! RIGA IFF 2019 will take place from October 17 – 27! Save the dates and catch up with the latest updates on our social media channels - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Core of the World takes the RIGA IFF Best Film Award 2018
On Saturday the 27th of October, Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) announced this year's winners, presenting the 2018 Best Film Award from the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION programme to Natalia Meshchaninova's Core of the World - a film that according to the international jury boasts complete vision, exceptional execution and nuanced storytelling. The Special Mention for “exceptional cinematography, whimsical storytelling and moving sound design” was given to the Norwegian director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen's feature, Valley of Shadows. The FEATURE FILM COMPETITION comprises films from the Baltic Sea region. The award is an eight-part sculpture that has been designed in cooperation with artist Ervins Broks which interprets the festival’s symbol as one of collaboration in filmmaking, and also an emblem of the city of Riga - a rooster. The award along with a 2000€ cash prize is made possible with the support of the festival's partner, BALTA. This year, the jury members were Rainer Sarnet, the winner of the 2017 RIGA IFF Best Film Award, Barbora Ligasova, the representative of the Czech film centre, Dorota Lech, Toronto International Film Festival programmer, Anna Motola, Head of the Love and Anarchy Helsinki International Film Festival as well as film producer Roberts Vinovskis. FIPRESCI Latvian Section Jury gave their award to director Jesper Ganslandt's feature film Jimmie, the story of 4-year-old Jimmie and “the chaos he is witness to, characterised by emotional close-up shots and non-linear narrative”. The RIGA IFF Youth Jury also announced their picks on Saturday, granting the Youth Matters award to Anna's War by Russian director Aleksey Fedorchenko. The members of the festival’s Youth Jury this year were Alberts Roze, Elza Marta Ruža, Pauls Rubens and Anete Dance. The festival venue partner's award - Splendid Palace People's Choice - went to 7 Billion Years Before the End of the World, the debut feature from Latvian director Jānis Ābele, while the Creamcredit Special Award - a monetary award for a film in the RIGA IFF HOME MADE programme, was granted to To Be Continued -  a documentary by Ivars Seleckis, with the aim of supporting the making of the film's sequel. The film was previously also selected as the Latvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. The main award of the international competition within the framework of the festival’s short film, experimental cinema and music video programme SHORT RIGA was awarded to Government House by Weiser Herwig. The international jury unanimously agreed: “The award deserved to be given to this socially motivated film that uses genre stylemes in a very peculiar and artistic way, always avoiding cliches. For being a socially motivated abstract horror film blending together performance art with a spooky sound design and a very accurate and extreme research on the mise en scène through an hypnotic light setting, the award goes to a picture that, in our opinion, is all what an experimental film should be, really experimental.” There were also three Special Mentions - The Linden tree (dir. Arkesh Ajay) in the Live Action, Egg (dir. Martina Scarpelli) in the Animation and All Inclusive (dir. Corina Schwingruber Ilic) in the Documentary category. The members of the SHORT RIGA International Jury were Per Fikse, the director of Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway, Chintis Lundgren, animator and Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio co-founder, Jānis Putniņš, director of the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture, Ieva Viese-Vigula, Latvian writer and film critic as well as Enrico Vannucci, Short film advisor for the Venice and Quebec City Film Festivals. The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV) award was given to Zane Zelmene's music video Space Hammer made for the band Kodek. According to the jury, “Zane Zelmene's visceral, romantic portrayal of Latvia's mystical Pokaini forest, shot in black-and-white with frenetic lightning effects fits the modular techno Kodek (real name Raivo Vainovskis) beautifully. The location is a superb choice - with much of Europe's native forest demolished it's a stark reminder of how vital and beautiful these places are and why we should keep them. It also serves to enhance the appeal of Kodek, and Zelmene stands out as a promising visual artist in her own right.” The two Special Mention prizes went to Ir baigi apjaust, ka esi šeit directed by Pēteris Tenisons for the Latvian musician Imants Daksis and All About Love, directed by Pijus Vėberis for the band Daddy Was A Milkman. The BMV Jury members were Jessica Manstetten, curator of the MuVi Prize competition programme and MuVi International programme at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, musician Juris Simanovičs, audiovisual media artist, VJ INA VARE, teacher of the Advertising Design programme at the Riga School of Design and Art, Inese Vēriņa-Lubiņa, editor of the music webzine Gigwise, Cai Trefor and Intsikurmu producer Kristine Kebbinau. The RIGA IFF Children's Jury gave the Kids Jury Award prize to Christian Lo's Los Bando. When asked to back her choice, 11-year-old jury member Krista says: “I want to thank the Norwegian film-making crew for making a film as nice as Los Bando, a film filled with music, that takes you on a journey throughout the whole of Norway. The film inspired me to have the courage to dream and to not be afraid to make those dreams come true. After watching Los Bando, I realized that it takes certain skills to develop a friendship and that you always have to be honest with your friends, because if not with them, then who else?” The festival has also acquired rights for the film's theatrical release in Latvia. This year’s Children's Jury members were Arvena Lote Kravčenko, Jēkabs Blanks, Nils Klaverī, Krista Kušķe, Linda Saviča, Žanete Blanka, Ieva Bille, Kate Štāla. The fifth edition of RIGA IFF is taking place from October 18 - 31. The festival consists of twelve film programmes, diverse industry events and a selection 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 2018 first week | Video diary Nr. 3
RIGA IFF pirmā nedēļa tūdaļ noslēgusies, bet festivāls vēl turpinās! Šonedēļ Baltijas pirmizrādi RIGA IFF piedzīvoja režisora Vitālija Manska dokumentālā filma “Putina liecinieki”. Filma ir detalizēts Krievijas prezidenta un to cilvēku portretējums, kuri nodrošināja viņa varu, – izmantoti gan Mansku ģimenes privātā arhīva video, gan kino materiāli, kas uzņemti 20. un 21. gadsimta mijā, kad veidojās pašreizējā Krievijas varas elite. Ar mākslinieces un animācijas režisores Lizetes Upītes debijas filmu “Nakts Pastaigas” tika atklāta arī festivāla programma SHORT RIGA. Šis bija lielisks piemērs tam, ka arī 6 minūšu filma spēj pulcēt pilnu kinozāli. Arī festivāla žūrija ieradusies pilnā sastāvā un sākusi darbu pie festivāla starptautiskās pilnmetrāžas filmu konkursa programmas FEATURE FILM COMPETITION izvērtēšanas. Šajā programmā tiks izrādītas un izvērtētas 10 filmas no Baltijas jūras reģiona, tostarp arī Krievijas nacionālā kino festivāla Sočos "Kinotavr" galvenās balvas ieguvēja, aizkustinošā drāma “Pasaules sirds”, pašmāju režisora Jāņa Ābeles pilnmetrāžas filma “7 miljardi gadu pirms pasaules gala”, kas ceturtdien festivālā piedzīvoja arī savu pirmizrādi, kā arī Dānijā populāro jauniešu pieaugšanas filmu “Team Hurricane”. Programmas pēdējā filma “Skābes mežs” skatāma vēl sestdien. Lai arī festivāls norit jau vairāk kā nedēļu, gandrīz tikpat daudz notikumu vēl priekšā. Nupat savus pirmos seansus piedzīvo POPCORN VENUS, BERLINALE 2018 RIGA un BEAST programmas. Svētdien, 28. oktobrī tiks atklāta INGMAR BERGMAN 100 filmu programma, kas veltīta pasaulslavēnā režisora simtgadei. Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls norisinās no 18. līdz 31. oktobrim kinoteātros Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize un Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā. Festivālā tiek izrādīti vairāk nekā 100 filmu seansi 12 programmās, ko papildina lekcijas, diskusijas un citi pasākumi.
RIGA IFF 2018 first weekend | Video diary Nr. 2
Jau pirmajā nedēļas nogalē Splendid zāles piepildīja ģimeniska noskaņa, izrādot jaunākajiem kino mīļotājiem KIDS WEEKEND programmu - bērnu un jauniešu filmas. Savukārt arhitektūras nozares pārstāvji svētdien, Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā atklāja arhitektūras filmu programmu ARCHITECT'S CUT ar filmu “Pilsone Džeina: cīņa par pilsētu”. Šajās dienās norisinājies arī pirmais RIGA IFF hakatons - studenti 24 stundu garā maratonā strādāja pie izglītojoša VR produkta prototipa radīšanas. Apsveicam komandu NEWTON ar galvenās balvas “Grand Prix” iegūšanu! RIGA IFF ir tikai pusē un šī nedēļa sola vēl daudz pārsteigumu. No 24. līdz. 26. oktobrim būs iespēja apmeklēt festivāla īsfilmu konkursa programmu SHORT RIGA COMPETITION, izbaudot 35 iedvesmojošus un orģinālus stāstus no visas pasaules. Ceturtdien, 25. oktobrī tiks atklāta programma POPCORN VENUS ar izcilās režisores Dorotijas Ārzneres darbu “Līgava Sarkanā”; tajā pašā dienā mūzikas mīļotāji tiks aicināti uz ikgadējo BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO konkursa skati ar dalībnieku un žūrijas piedalīšanos. Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls norisinās no 18. līdz 31. oktobrim kinoteātros Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize un Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā. Festivālā tiek izrādīti vairāk nekā 100 filmu seansi 12 programmās, ko papildina lekcijas, diskusijas un citi pasākumi.
RIGA IFF 2018 OPENING | Video diary
18. oktobrī atklāts piektais Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF) ar filmas “Tēvs Nakts” īpašo seansu un svinīgu pasākumu, kura laikā viesiem bija iespēja tikties ar filmas veidotājiem un galvenajiem aktieriem. Šogad RIGA IFF norisināsies no 18. līdz 31. oktobrim kinoteātros Splendid Palace, Kino Bize, K Suns, Latvijas Nacionālajā Bibliotekā, kā arī Cafe Film Noir. Festivālā tiks izrādītas vairāk nekā 180 filmas 12 tematiskajās programmās un konkursu skatēs, kas ietvers gan pilnmetrāžas spēlfilmas un dokumentālās filmas, gan īsfilmas, animāciju un eksperimentālo kino. Festivāla pirmā nedēļas nogale ir veltīta ģimenēm un bērniem. Programmas KIDS WEEKEND ietvaros, kinoteātrī Splendid Palace visas dienas garumā būs skatāmi jaunākie bērnu filmu seansi un darbosies rotaļu zona. 21. oktobra rītā būs skatāma animācijas īsfilmu izlase pašiem jaunākajiem – pirmsskolas vecuma skatītājiem. Sekojot pērn iedibinātajai tradīcijai, to veido festivāla vieskurators, un šogad tā ir dzejniece un bērnu grāmatu autore Inese Zandere. RIGA IFF gaidāmas arī trīs jaunas filmu programmas – BERLINALE 2018 RIGA, kuras ietvaros būs skatāma Vācijas spilgtāko filmu izlase, arhitektūras filmu programma ARCHITECT'S CUT, kā arī kino leģendai Ingmaram Bergmanam veltītā – INGMAR BERGMAN 100. Splendid Palace visa festivāla garumā norisināsies arī slavenajam kino meistaram veltīta izstāde. Vairāk informācijas par festivālu programmu atrodama festivāla mājas lapā:
RIGA IFF Introduces a New Film Programme – ARCHITECT’S CUT
The interest of audiences, directors and film producers in films dedicated to architecture and architects has considerably grown in recent years. New architecture-themed festivals and film days are on the rise. The RIGA IFF also recognises the strong ties between cinema and architecture by introducing a new programme – ARCHITECT’S CUT. The five films of the programme will be screened in Ziedonis’ Hall of the National Library of Latvia from 21 to 26 October. The guest curator of the programme is Ieva Zībārte – the head of the Exhibition Centre of the National Library, an architect and an author of books and articles on architecture, design and popular culture. She says, ‘Architecture can’t always be described and captured through photography, therefore cinema serves as a tool to bring out the drama of architecture and architect ever more often. And also, an architect as such is interesting both as a hero and anti-hero. Just like a conversation of architecture professionals, the film programme also touches on the issues of contemporary architecture as well as the legacy of the 20th modernism.’ ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’ by Matt Tyrnauer will open the ARCHITECT’S CUT on Sunday, 21 October at 7.00 p. m. It is a story of journalist and writer Jane Jacobs who wanted to preserve the good old New York City during 1960s and therefore confronted politically and financially influential city developers, serving as an inspiration for the upcoming generation of urban environment activists all over the world. On Monday, 22 October, ‘Big Time’ – a film on the creative and private life of the prominent contemporary Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will be screened. His company was entrusted with designing and building one of the skyscrapers on the site of Twin Towers, destroyed during the 9/11 attacks in NYC. The film’s director and the architect’s friend, Kaspar Astrup Schrøder, hopes that this story will inspire and motivate people to think what kind of life every one of us wants to live. On Tuesday, 23 October, there will be a double screening of ‘Bloki’ by Konrad Królikowski, an emotional story on the communist legacy – complexes of blocks of flats in Poland, and ‘The Disappearance of Robin Hood’ by Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou - a research on ideas and plans behind the underappreciated and now demolished Robin Hood Gardens – a social housing complex in London. The ARCHITECT’S CUT will close on Friday, 26 October with ‘Life and Death of an Architect’ by Miguel Eek about the destiny of the renowned Spanish architect José Ferragut. He fought against the corruption and uncontrolled development of the Mediterranean coast and got enemies by politics and developers. His murder investigation was closed for lack of evidence. 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.
Full film and event programme announced
Riga International Film Festival Announces Full Film and Event Programme The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will take place between 18 and 31 October in film theatres Splendid Palace, Kino Bize, K Suns, the Latvian National Library as well as in Cafe Film Noir and Kaņepe Culture Centre. More than 180 films will be screened in 12 themed and competition programmes this year, including full length feature films and documentaries as well as short films, animation and experimental cinema. The festival will also hold events for the film industry professionals, public discussions and meetings with filmmakers. Winners of the feature length, short film and music video competitions will be awarded during the closing of the RIGA IFF. The RIGA IFF will open on 18 October with the feature film 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 first festival weekend will be dedicated to families and children. The KIDS WEEKEND will include screenings of latest films for children and playground activities in Splendid Palace, the oldest and most glamorous film theatre of Riga. The morning of 21 October will start with an animation programme for the youngest – preschool audience. Following the last year’s tradition, the programme is chosen by a guest curator – this year, it will be Inese Zandere, poet and children book author. Within the international FEATURE FILM COMPETITION, 10 films from the Baltic Sea region will be screened and judged, including the main prize winner of the Russian Film Festival Kinotavr in Sochi – the moving drama Core of the World (Serdce mira), a story of a veterinarian living in a remote region of Russia for whom it’s easier to get along with dogs than with people. Director Natalia Meshchaninova and leading actor Stepan Devonin will be the guests of the RIGA IFF. The competition programme also includes the premiere of the feature film debut of the Latvian director Jānis Ābele, 7 Billion Years Before the End of the World (7 miljardi gadu pirms pasaules gala), filmed in Latvia and France, as well as the coming-of-age movie Team Hurricane, popular in Denmark. The FESTIVAL SELECTION will feature recent films from prominent festivals, including the award-winning Sunset (Napszállta) by László Nemes that premiered in the Venice Film Festival recently, as well as the romantically alluring comedy Magical Nights (Notti magiche) by Paolo Virzi. The programme also includes the documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. about the famous Sri Lankan musician and artist Matangi Arulpragasam, known in the pop music world as M.I.A. The film consists of video footage shot by the artist and her closest friends over the past 22 years, revealing her innermost reflections on art, politics and identity and her battles with the music industry and mainstream media. This year, the RIGA IFF will also showcase three new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 RIGA – ja selection of the best recent films from Germany, including 3 Days in Quiberon (3 Tage in Quiberon), showing three days in the life of the world-famous actress Romy Schneider, the film was nominated for the main prize, Golden Bear, of the Berlin Film Festival this year; the architecture film programme ARCHITECT'S CUT as well as a tribute to the cinema legend Ingmar Bergman – INGMAR BERGMAN 100. Bergman-lovers will have a chance to see three masterpieces of the famous director: Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) and Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander). The Swedish writer and film critic Stig Björkman, considered to be one of the most important scholars of Bergman’s creative legacy, will give a lecture in Riga. This year’s retrospective and research programme POPCORN VENUS will honour and celebrate women in cinema. The guest curator of the programme is Dita Rietuma, and it includes five films directed by women, including the cult film The Night Porter (Il portiere di notte) by the legendary Italian director Liliana Cavani, Happiness (Le bonheur) by the French director Agnès Varda - one of the early works of the famous director, and The Bride Wore Red (1937) by Dorothy Arzner, starring the Hollywood diva Joan Crawford, that will be shown in Latvia for the first time, moreover as a 35-mm print. ARTDOCFEST/RIGA, as always, will feature not only controversial documentaries but also several round table discussions with filmmakers, international media representatives and other guests. On 20 October, the documentary The Trial(Process) by the Ukrainian director Sergey Loznitsa will be screened. It is an intriguing and historically important story of a trial in Moscow in 1930 when a group of top rank economists and engineers were accused of plotting a coup d’état. The director will be present at the film festival. Just like during the previous festivals, special events for the film industry professionals will be held, for example, RIGA IFF FORUM – an international European children’s and youth film project pitching as well as a cycle of events on virtual reality storytelling, CRITICS MEETING – a cycle of lectures and discussions for professional and emerging film critics and comprehensive school educators, and EUROPEAN SCRIPT MEETING – a meeting platform for professionals that gathers representatives of European film projects in development and screenwriters. Short film authors will have an extensive SHORT RIGA event programme – project pitchings and discussions.
‘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. 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.’ 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
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. Biļetes: 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. Biļetes:
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. 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.
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! 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 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 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.
Izzini atšķirīgas kino skatīšanās pieredzes kopā ar Latvijas kino profesionāļiem
Kim? Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs un jauniešu kultūras platforma youngkim? sadarbībā ar Rīgas Starptautisko kino festivālu ielūdz uz trīs sarunu ciklu. Kino saruna vol. 1 — Kā skatīties kino? Kino saruna vol. 2 — Kā klausīties kino? Kino saruna vol. 3 — Kā izstāstīt kino? Rīgas Starptautisko kino festivālu gaidot, no 20. septembra līdz 9. oktobrim interesentiem kopā ar Latvijas kino vides profesionāļiem būs iespēja izzināt atšķirīgas kino skatīšanās pieredzes; kā skatīties un saredzēt; klausīties un sadzirdēt kino; un visbeidzot - kā par to pastāstīt arī citiem. Sarunu ciklu veidos trīs tēmas, ļaujot ielūkoties fundamentālu kino procesu aizkulisēs, tādējādi, iespējams, mainot to kā uztveram kinodarbus. Katra no tēmām tiks aplūkota 2 sarunās - ik ceturtdienu un otrdienu. Sarunu pirmā daļa notiks ceturtdienās, savukārt otrā tikšanās reize ar lektoriem notiks otrdienās; interesentiem, atsaucoties uz iepriekš apmeklēto sarunu, kopā ar lektoriem, būs iespēja piedalīties praktiskās nodarbībās. Vietu skaits ierobežots, tāpēc aicinām iepriekš pieteikties, rakstot uz: Kā skatīties kino? 20/09 + 25/09 plkst. 16.00 Viena no filmas būtiskākajām komponentēm ir kadrs. Tas ne tikai veido filmas noskaņu, bet arīdzan spēlē nozīmīgu lomu tajā kā uztveram kinodarba vēstījumu. Taču kā notiek kadra veidošana, tā, lai tajā ne vien koncentrēti ietvertu visu nepieciešamo informāciju, bet arīdzan ievērotu autora māksliniecisko redzējumu? Izrādās, kadra kompozīcija bieži vien ir pielīdzināma vesela mikrouniversa radīšanai. Par kadra veidošanas aizkulisēm un radošajiem un praktiskajiem procesiem stāstīs pieredzējusī māksliniece Kristīne Jurjāne – Dāvja Sīmaņa filmu Pelnu sanatorija un Tēvs Nakts māksliniece. Kristīne strādājusi arī kā tērpu māksliniece un scenogrāfe pie vairākiem Alvja Hermaņa iestudējumiem kā Rīgā, tā Vīnē un Milānas La Scala operā. Kā klausīties kino? 27/09 + 02/10 plkst. 16.00 Sākot no 20. gadsimta 30. gadiem skaņa kino kļūst par tikpat svarīgu filmu komponenti kā attēls. Taču kino skaņas veidošana ir laikietilpīgs un niansēts process, kurā pastāv savi noteikumi un meistarstiķi. Ne velti viens no populārākajiem skaņas ieraksta stāstiem kinovēsturē ir par Alfrēda Hičkoka filmu “Psiho”, kuras leģendārās dušas ainas ierakstā izmantota skaņa no dūriena melonē. Par kino skaņas veidošanas procesu, tā aizkulisēm un priekšnoteikumiem stāstīs skaņu režisors - Anrijs Krenbergs. Anrijs Krenbergs ir viens no pieredzējušākajiem Latvijas kino profestionāļiem, strādājis kā skaņu režisors vairāk kā pie 150 filmām, ilggadēji sadarbojies ar autorkino klasiķi Lailu Pakalniņu. Kā izstāstīt kino? 04/10 + 09/10 plkst. 16.00 Spēja kritiski izvērtēt redzēto un par to noformulēt argumentētu viedokli nav tikai analītisku recenziju vai akadēmisku pārspriedumu nepieciešamība, bet gan veids kā kinodarbu niansētāk atklāt sev pašam. Kādi aspekti jāņem vērā, izvērtējot redzēto filmu un daloties par to viedoklī? Kā stāstīt par cita laikmeta un kultūrkonteksta kino? Par šīm tēmām stāstīs Rīgas Kino muzeja kuratore un RIGA IFF radošās komandas pārstāve, kino doktorante Agnese Logina. Pasākumi organizēti ar Kim? Laikmetīgās mākslas centra izglītības programmas galvenā patrona Māra Martinsona atbalstu.
The Berlin Golden Bear Nominee ‘Transit’ will open the new programme BERLINALE 2018 RIGA
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Riga introduces a film programme BERLINALE 2018 RIGA that demonstrates the power of expression and diversity of German cinema and includes films screened during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. The programme will be opened with the Golden Bear Nominee Transit, a full-length feature by Christian Petzold. Transit is the final part of Christian Petzold’s trilogy Love in Times of Oppressive Systems. Similar to the highly acclaimed preceding parts Barbara (2012) and Phoenix (2014), it has also gained a considerable recognition of audiences and film critics alike. But Franz Rogowski’s distinguished acting will also shine in another BERLINALE 2018 RIGA film, In the Aisles (In den Gängen, 2018). The story of the film winds through the French transit town Marseille as an eternal road to a place where the loops of time bring in despair and hopelessness that erode the people’s destinies. A refugee gets hold of the legacy of a writer who has committed suicide – a manuscript, some letters from his wife and the Mexican Embassy’s assurance of a visa. It seems just reasonable to assume the deceased person’s identity… The film is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous autobiographic novel written during WWII. And it is likened to ‘a Kafkaesque Casablanca’. Skilfully merged past and present wipes out the border between that what was and what is. Problems that the protagonists face in 1942 resonate with the situation nowadays. The director says, ‘In the book, the transit space is a geographical space between Europe and the United States. People are in the port city, and thus the space between the land where we are and the sea we want to travel over. So, this is the horizontal transit space. But I think that there is also a vertical kind of transit space, and that is time, and the stories that develop over time. And so, we not just find ourselves between the United States and Europe, or between land and water, but we also find ourselves trapped in yesterday’s time and today. (…) To go forward we first need to remember. Today, we quite frequently act as if we’ve actually made progress as compared to the past - we are free, we can wear whatever we want to, and we are consumers who have a choice. But actually, it’s still all just consumerism and hedonism… Many ghosts of the past start to return.’ Tickets to the screening of Transit are already available on the festival website 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.
Become a part of the festival via voluntary work
Every year the Riga International Film Festival is growing stronger – from the film programme to the events and the number of guests. With this growth also the opportunities for volunteers to engage expand. Voluntary work at cultural events is a chance to gain experience within the particular field, to grow in communication and working with other people as well as to be a part of the growth of a society. But the film festival is special — it is also a chance to see many, many great films! This year we welcome those interested to volunteer in various departments of the festival team: working with the international industry professionals and festival guests organizing screenings the making of events logistics decoration audiovisual media (photo and video) and other areas Anyone over the age of 16 can become a volunteer at RIGA IFF — be it young or old — but should be ready to work at least 30 hours. To become a part of the festival team, fill out the volunteer form bellow.
RIGA IFF open call for children aged 7 – 13 to participate in jury
Tuvojoties Rīgas Starptautiskajam kino festivālam, kas šogad norisināsies no 18. līdz 31. oktobrim, RIGA IFF aicina 7 - 13 gadus vecus interesentus pieteikties bērnu dalībai žūrijā. Žūrijas dalībniekiem būs iespēja noskatīties visus festivāla bērnu filmu programmā KIDS WEEKEND iekļautos darbus, izraudzīties labāko un to apbalvot. Bērnu žūrijas darbošanās festivālā ir ilggadēja tradīcija, ļaujot jaunajai paaudzei iesaistīties filmu vērtēšanā un apspriedē Lai pieteiktos dalībai žūrijā, pretendentiem jānofilmējas līdz 2 minūtēm garā video vai jāuzraksta recenzija, kurā jāizklāsta viedoklis par sev tuvu filmu vai kādu no latviešu kinodarbiem, kas noskatāms portālā Video vai rakstiskais pieteikums līdz 25. septembrim jānosūta KIDS WEEKEND kuratorei Kristīnei Simsonei uz e-pasta adresi Video vēlams izmantot kādu no video augušupielādes pakalpojumiem (YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo vai Facebook), e-pastā iekļaujot saiti uz video, savukārt recenzijas iekļaujamas arī pašā vēstulē, vai pievienojamas kā pielikumi. Žūrijas dalībnieki tiks izraudzīti konkursa kārtā. Pretendentiem un žūrijas dalībniekiem būs iespēja piedalīties arī RIGA IFF ietvaros norisošajās bērnu filmu projektu prezentācijās un, klātienē tiekoties ar filmu veidotājiem, izteikt savu viedokli un vērtējumu par viņu topošajiem kinodarbiem. RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas dalībniekiem būs iespēja: iegūt festivāla akreditācijas karti; kopā ar vienu no vecākiem skatīties KIDS WEEKEND filmas no īpaši žūrijai rezervētām vietām; piedalīties festivāla noslēguma ceremonijā saņemt festivāla suvenīrus. RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas dalībnieku pienākumos ietilps: KIDS WEEKEND filmu seansu apmeklējums 20. un 21. oktobrī; dalība RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas apspriedēs ; kopā ar pārējiem žūrijas pārstāvjiem izvēlēties labāko filmu un tās veidotājiem pasniegt balvu; pārstāvēt festivālu un žūriju komunikācijā ar medijiem.
World premiere of “7 Billion Years Before the End of the World”
The FEATURE FILM COMPETITION programme of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will present the world premiere of 7 Billion Years Before the End of the World by Latvian director Jānis Ābele. The screening will take place on October 25 at the cinema Splendid Palace and the tickets are on pre-sale already. (more…)
The Estonian box-office hit – family film “The Little Comrade” – at the KIDS WEEKEND
The children’s film programme of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) – KIDS WEEKEND – will present the highly successful first full-length feature of Estonian director Moonika Siimets – The Little Comrade. It will be screened on October 20 at the cinema Splendid Palace and the tickets are on pre-sale already. Additionally, every holder of a ticket receives a 10% discount at the publishing house's Liels un Mazs store. The film is made within the framework of the programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and its screenplay is based on two autobiographical novels written by Leelo Tungal – Velvet and Sawdust and Comrade Kid and Grown-Ups that is published in Latvian as well by the publishing house Liels un Mazs. The Estonia’s beloved author will be the guest of RIGA IFF – she will attend the Latvian premiere of the film and meet with the audience. This story tells about 1950s in the Soviet Estonia when the Stalinist terror machine worked at full steam. The 6-year-old Leelo’s mother is arrested in front of her eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo tries to do her best, yet the promise doesn't come true… The confusion only grows, as “good” and “bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. The unusual take on the harsh period of occupation gathered 100 000 spectators within a month since its release in Estonia. Gundars Godiņš, the translator of the book Comrade Kid and Grown-Ups, says: “The history in the eyes of a kid is true, without any lies and ideological fabrications.” 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.
Infiltration of Ku Klux Klan in FESTIVAL SELECTION programme
On October 20 at 21.30, the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will present the Spike Lee‘s film ‘BlacKkKlansman’, winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, within the programme FESTIVAL SELECTION – a showcase of films awarded with prestigious prizes and praised by the experts and audiences. Spike Lee remains every bit the political provocateur who uses his films to diagnose the national mood while pressing for change. He asks not to horribly mistake it for a comedy: "People still have a hard time understanding the difference between humor and comedy. I don't do comedy. No one is slipping on a banana peel [in my movies]. And you can have humorous moments dealing with very serious subject matter. Just because you have humor that will make people laugh does not mean that it's a comedy." Film is based on the 2014 memoir ‘Black Klansman’ by Ron Stallworth — a true story that takes place in the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval. The Colorado Springs Police Department employs the first African-American detective and his arrival is greeted with scepticism and open hostility. Nevertheless, he is determined to gain recognition in the eyes of the local community. The brave man, along with his Jewish colleague, sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The original Stallworth, depicted in the film, says: “To be honest with you, we were getting a lot of laughs out of it, the fact that these so called smart people were being fooled by one of the very individuals that they criticized and condemned as being intellectually inferior to them.” What illustrates the level of humor involved in the operation the best is the episode involving receiving his certificate of membership. At one point, Stallworth phoned David Duke, who was head of the KKK at the time, at his headquarters in New Orleans to ask about the status of his membership application. Duke looked through his paperwork, apologized for the delay in getting it processed, and promised to see to it personally that Stallworth's application was processed and sent back to him. Within a short time, Stallworth's Klan certificate of membership, signed by David Duke, arrived. He framed it and hung it on the wall of his office, where it stayed for years. The Honorary Oscar winner Spike Lee has been calling since 1988 already to wake up and admit that racism is interweaved in the DNA of the USA. To talk about it openly would increase the chances of turning the country into a better place. The film's theatrical release in the United States coincided with the one year anniversary of white supremacist Charlottesville rally — a violent meeting that included white nationalist Klansmen among others and resulted in 30 people being injured.
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. 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?”
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!
Baltic premiere of ‘Putin’s Witnesses’ on sale now
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. (more…)
SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings
Get noticed and confronted by professionals, receive a valuable feedback and perceive your film from a different perspective!  "SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings" look for the Baltic short film projects that are recently finished or undergo their final stages of production. (more…)
The next edition of the Riga International Film festival's Forum, an annual pitching forum and co-production platform for children's film creators, will be taking place from October 18-19. The compact two day event will feature a pitching session for children's film projects in development stage (with estimated release no later than 2022). (more…)
8th of June is the film submission deadline for the three competition programmes of the Riga International Film Festival. The filmmakers have less than seven days to get their entries in for the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition, SHORT RIGA International Competition and SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition. (more…)
This autumn, ARTDOCFEST/RIGA, the documentary film programme will be much more impressive as it includes the entire international film competition programme of the most significant festival of documentary films in Russia – Artdocfest. (more…)
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 – a tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman.
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!
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’. (more…)
‘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.    (more…)
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. (more…)