Just a few more days before RIFF Reykjavík International Film Festival starts. The festival is in its seventh year and keeps on getting better and better. Here are some — expected — highlights of this 2011 edition.
- The films
Kind of obvious, isn’t it? Films will be the core of the festival. Twelve films are in competition in the New Visions category. Other categories to keep your eyes on are Open Seas and Special Presentations. If this were not enough, RIFF will feature several retrospectives, including screenings of a selection of representative works from Romania. As with the past editions, particular prominence will also be given to documentaries.
- Honorary guests
RIFF 2011 will be welcoming a few prestigious names as its guests of honor: Béla Tarr, James Marsh, Adrian Sitaru and Lone Scherfig. Tarr will be assigned RIFF’s lifetime achievement award, the same award which in the previous editions went to other influencial film-makers as Jim Jarmusch, Miloš Forman and Aki Kaurismäki. Three of his films will be screened in a special retrospective: Werckmeister Harmonies, The Turin Horse and Family Nest. Marsh, Scherfig and Sitaru, all well-known in the world of independent film-making, will also be the focus of three retrospectives.
The live documentary about Sigur Rós, filmed at the Alexandra Palace in 2008 and directed by Vincent Morisset, premiered earlier this month at Venice Film Festival. Inni will be the opening film of RIFF 2011. The screening that will take place at Nasa will be the Nordic premiere for the film.
- RIFF Swim-In
The swimming pool screening, a peculiarity of the festival hosted by Iceland’s capital, has become over the years a traditional appointment. This year’s film? A classic from the 80’s: The Neverending Story.
Apart from the highlights in this brief overview, there are more events planned. RIFF 2011 promises to be great, so if you are in town make sure to check it out. Detailed info on tickets for individual events and discount passes are available through the official site of Reykjavík International Film Festival. For last minutes updates, you can follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook.
I will be covering this year’s event and will be discussing films in program extensively, so check back for updates!