Press Conference RIFF 2019

RIFF 2019

Reykjavík International Film Festival – ticket sale at – Screenings in Bíó Paradís


Welcome to the cinema. Welcome to RIFF 2019.

The International film festival in Reykjavík, RIFF, starts next week, Thursday 26. September, with the premier of End of Sentence by Elfar Aðalsteins, and finishes with the premier in Iceland of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, but that is the film that won Palme d´or in Cannes in the spring.

Here you can reach the program according to days:

Here you can reach the whole program:

Here you can buy tickets:

Screenings take mostly place in Bíó Paradís  but there will also be some special screenings in the Nordic House, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur (Inside Swimming pool of Reykjavík) and Loft Hostel.

Here you can buy ticket to the screening of the Host at the Swimming pool:

RIFF is now in it´s sixteenth year and the program is exceptionally attractive. RIFF is independent and international festival. Most of the films have that in common that they are recently launched, many of whom just premiered this year in Cannes, Venice or Toronto for example. The films reflect the best that the international film industry has to offer today. RIFF offers top quality films by top directors with highly appraised actors like John Hawkes, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Robert Pattison and Bill Murray.


Among other films the three films that rocked last Cannes festival, The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers, The Dead don´t die by Jim Jarmusch and Parasite by Bong Joon-ho will all be screened at RIFF.


As usual one country will be in special focus at the festival and this year it is Austria. Films like Earth by Nikolas Geyrhalter, Chaos by Sarah Fattahl a Syrian refugee living in Vienna who has quickly become one of the most prominent Austrian directors, Nobadi by Karl Markovics, which had it´s world premier in Toronto (TIFF) last week, Movements of a nearby mountain by Nahen Bergs, The Children of the dead by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, Space dogs by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter and of course Little Joe by Jessica Hausner, but that film aroused much interest at the last Cannes festival and the main actress, Emily Beecham, won the main acting prize at the festival.


At RIFF 147 films will be screened. The honorary guests will be three, two of them are women. The acclaimed film director, Claire Denis, will receive an Award for her Creative Excellence and Katja Adomeit will be honorary guest as an Emerging master. The third honorary guest is the acclaimed actor John Hawkes.


At RIFF there will be 18 Nordic premieres and 12 World premiers.



57% Films by male filmmakers

43% Films by women filmmakers


New Visions gender filmmaker ratio: 45% female (4 films) / 55 % male (5 films)

Open Seas gender filmmaker ratio:33% female / 67% male (6 films)

A Different Tomorrow gender filmmaker ratio 45% female (4 films) / 55 % male (5 films)

Documentaries Section 45% female (4 films) / 55 % male (5 films)


Countries represented throughout the program: 48 Countries

Iceland, South Korea, Guatemala, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar,  Italy, Argentina, US, Romania, Serbia, Algeria, Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, China, Sweden, Norway, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, The Netherlands, UK, Tunisia, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Austria, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Greenland, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Portugal, Turkey, Brasil, Peru, Hungary, India, Australia,Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine.


For example of the films that are newly prized:



PARASITE, Palme d’Or at Cannes



NUESTRAS MADRES by César Diaz, Cannes Critics Week SACD Prize for best screenplay 2019

BURNING CANE by Phillip Youmans, Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

MATERNAL by Maura Delpero | Special Mention at Locarno Film Festival 2019

IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenović | Filmmakers of the Present Special Jury Award at Locarno Film Festival 2019

THE LIGHTHOUSE by Robert Eggers | Best movie at Cannes’ Critics Week and Directors’ Fortnight by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). 2019



JOAN OF ARC by Bruno Dumont | Cannes Winner Un Certain Regard Award – Special Mention 2019

THE FATHER by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov | Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Winner Crystal Globe – Best Film 2019



COLD CASE HAMMARSKJFÖLD by Mads Brügger | Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award 2019

ERDE by Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Berlinale, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film ERDE 2019

ONE CHILD NATION by Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize 2019



FOR SAMA by Waad Al-Khateab: Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2019

TRANSNISTRA by Anna Eborn | Winner at Rotterdam Film Festival, Gothenburg Best Nordic Documentary 



CHAOS by Sara Fattahi | Locarno International Film Festival – Winner Golden Leopard 2018

LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner | Cannes Film Festival for best actress – Emily Beecham 2019

DIE KINDER DER TOTEN by Kelly Copper Pavol Liska | Berlinale – Winner FIPRESCI Prize

ERDE by Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Berlinale, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film ERDE



Straight from Toronto! NOBADI by Karl Markoviks and RESIN by Daniel Borgman! 





Horror films will get a special focus at the festival. Specially nordic horror films. The film Koko-di Koko-da by Johannes Nyholm will be screened and the swedish classic Evil Ed by Aders Jacobsson. But also the Tunisian horror film Dachra by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Many chilling shorts will be screened, for instance Helsinki Mansplaining Massacra, Milk and Lullaby. Special horror marathon will start in the evening of 27th September and last long into the night.


During the screenings there will also be MasterClasses with many of the movie masters, for instance with Claire Denis.


RIFF has proven itself as an important film festival for moviegoers all over the world. It attracts foreign visitors in tens of thousands each year and has attracted respected foreign visitors like Milos Forman, Susanne Bier, Jim Jarmusch, Mads Mikkelsen and Aki Kaurismaki.