Danish film screenings at Riga International Film Festival
This year, the Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF) will screen a host of different Danish movies.
The festival showcases audiovisual works from all over the world, divided into 12 programmes, each of which are tied together by a common theme.
One of these programmes is called ‘Nordic Highlights’, and it will feature 12 different contemporary Nordic films, among them the moving coming of age-films ‘Denmark’ (‘Danmark’) by the Danish director Kasper Rune Larsen and ‘Dreams By The Sea’ (‘Dreymar við havið’) by the Faroese director Sakaris Stórá as well as the strange and mesmerising movies Winter Brothers (‘Vinterbrødre’) by the Danish-educated Icelandic director Hlynur Palmason and Border (‘Gräns’) by the Danish-educated Iranian-Swedish director Ali Abbasi.
The provocative dramedy ‘A Horrible Woman’ (‘En Frygtelig Kvinde‘) by the Danish director Christian Tafdrup will be opening the ‘Nordic Highlights’ programme on Friday the 19th of October at 19:00 at Kino Splendid Palace. The opening will include a Danish-themed reception with beer and Danish snacks. Later in the ‘Nordic Highlights’ programme, Faroese Stórá will guest Riga IFF and talk about his poetic and compelling film in connection with its screening.
The ‘Nordic Highlights’ programme 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 screening of Danish films at Riga IFF is, however, not limited to the ‘Nordic Highlights’ programme. As part of the Feature Film Competition programme, the colourful coming of age-film ‘Team Hurricane’ by the Danish director Annika Berg is shown. Riga IFF’s ARTDOCFEST/RIGA programme will include a Danish movie as well – ‘The Distant Barking of Dogs’ by the director Simon Lereng Wilmont about the Ukrainian conflict’s effect on children. The Architect’s Cut programme will feature the documentary ‘Big Time’ by the Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schrøder about the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. And last but not least, one of the entries to the SHORT RIGA: International Competition programme is the short film ‘Egg’ by Danish-based Italian film-maker Martina Scarpelli.
You can read more about the different programmes at the Riga International Film Festival and buy tickets for the films here.