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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

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