RIFF is here!

RIFF IS HERE.

Welcome to the movies.

RIFF opened on Thursday 26th of September with the premier of the film End of Sentence by Elfar Aðalsteins with John Hawkes playing the main character. Both of them attended the opening of the festival. This touching film has already gotten great critic from the international media.

At the festival there will be screened 147 films and countries represented throughout the program are 48:

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:

CLOSING FILM:

PARASITE, Palme d’Or at Cannes

 

NEW VISIONS: 

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

 

OPEN SEAS: 

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

 

A DIFFERENT TOMORROW

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

 

DOCUMENTARIES: 

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 

 

AUSTRIAN FOCUS: 

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

 

FILMS THAT WERE RECENTLY SCREENED IN TORONTO THAT WE SCREEN:

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

 

But also screening at Toronto and will be screened at RIFF: THE FATHER, DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, BALLOON, CORPUS CHRISTI, PARASITE, VARDA BY AGNÈS. 

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.