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Reykjavik International Film Festival

Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF, will take place for the 11th time September 29th - October 9th 2016. With approx 100 films shown, the most exciting pieces from the world of films from all around the globe as well as icelandic movies.


Aronofsky, Mehta and Sevigny guests at Reykjavík International Film Festival 2016

Eleven top-notch films compete for the Golden Puffin   The Cannes awarded The Aquatic Effect by the late ms. Sólveig Anspach will be the 13th Reykjavík International Film Festival’s opening film on Thursday September 29 . Among other films at the festival this year are the critically acclaimed The War Show by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon, Mister Universo by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, nominated at Locarno earlier this year and the 2016 Golden Berlin ...

RIFF awards 2014

      Award International Film Festival, RIFF, took place will play on October 4, 2014 Winners are:    The golden grove     I can stop whenever I want    (Smetto Quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want)  Director: Sydney Sibilia  Italy    Italian film, I can stop whenever I want, wins the Golden Puffin year. The selection committee says that the picture is an amazing Italian...

RIFF 2014 Success at Industry days

Industry days at RIFF attracted over hundred particiants, of wich dozent were international. They got a chance to learn about Icelandic music, including the music of the Bafta - award winner, Ólafur Arnalds. He composed the score from the award winning show, Broadchurch.  The participants also visited the production company which director Baltasar Kormákur owns. There they met one of the great minds behind the Oscar winning movie, Gravity, Daði...

The Reykjavik International film festival Wrap Message

It is with sadness in heart and a lot of sorrow that we say farewell to you dear guests. The Reykjavik International film festival is over this year. We have screened over hundred movies from over 40 countries for the duration of eleven wonderful days. But don't worry, we will be back again. The highlights this year included the visit of our guests of honour, directors Mike Leigh and Ruben Östlund, journalist and filmmaker, various panels on the theme of War and Peace, a film-concert...

RIFF Visit to Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's Recycled House by the sea

Hrafn has a tradition for inviting guests from RIFF at his home, weather permitting it includes a visit to his roof when the wind is not too strong... We spent a delightful evening in good company, and we did not try his snake wine, some did. I personnally know someone who survived the drink.   Hrafn Gunnlaugsson (born 17 June 1948) is an Icelandic film director. He is the brother of the actress Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir. He is mostly known for his series of Viking&nb...

Trip to RIFF with a tourist eye and an iPad

Sorry I forgot my Canon ....grrrrr   ...

In conversation with RIFF Fest Director Hrönn Marinósdóttir

Hrönn Marinósdóttir Festival Director talks to Bruno Chatelin The RIFF Manifesto   RIFF | INNOVATION – NETWORKING – DIALOGUE The aim of Reykjavik International Film Festival is to become one the foremost film festivals in Europe, placing continued emphasis on presenting not only progressive, independent cinema and a wide range of documentaries touching on explosive subjects, but also a young and unusual Cap...

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Introduction by Festival Director: Hrönn Marinósdóttir  ...

One minute films by children and a variety of films screened in RIFF

Today at RIFF there will be plenty of things going on at RIFF. The fesitival has gone off to a great start !  Over 120 cars turned up to our drive in cinema on Friday and a lot of buzz has been generated around our guest of honour, Ruben Östlund whose mastarclass yesterday was packed with people.  Today we would like to highlight the one -minute films by children shown at the Nordic house at 2 p.m which is a collaboration with Unicef. All the films ...

RIFF Film Concert SÓLSTAFIR with classic "The Raven Flies" in ReykJavik

    SÓLSTAFIR + THE RAVEN FLIES FILM CONCERT Oct 1st 19:30 – SILURIAN The Icelandic heavy-metal band Sólstafir perform their own compositions to accompany Icelandic cult Viking movie When The Raven Flies by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. The film celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. In the end of August Sólstafir released their new album Ótta and will be performing songs from the album combi...

Reykjavík International Film Festival kicks of today.

Riff Kicks off Today  Reykjavík International Film Festival kicks of today. This years opening film is Land Ho!, a collaboration between Iceland and the U.S.  Before the screening the yearly "Gusan" will take place. Gusan ( the splash)  is best described as a message from the Icelandic film industry to the government. Ása Hjörleifsdóttir has this years Gusa.  Over one hundred films will be screened at this year...

Ruben Östlund to be guest of honor at RIFF

  Ruben Östlund started as a director of skiing films in the 1990s, and eventually went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg from which he graduated in 2001. He was accepted to the school based on his skiing films. Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films. His 2004 film The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow Film Festival. Östl...

RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin

  RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin Primary tabs   Twelve up and coming directors  present their first or second feature film and compete for our main prize, the Golden Puffin. These films, in the New Visions category at RIFF challenge cinematic conventions  and pave the road for tomorrow’s  cinema.     Villa Touma (Án lands, no country) Director: Suha Arraf   ...

Opening film at RIFF announced US film "Land Ho!"

  US film "Land Ho!" is the opening film at RIFF this year. It is is a tale of friendship and adventure that chronicles two older men attempting to recapture their youth while on a trip in Iceland. So far, Land Ho! has reviewed excellent reviews, garnering acclaim for its "feel-good nature" and "quirky comedy." The film is written by Martha Stephens and codirected with Aaron Katz.  "Land Ho!" originally made its debu...

The RIFF Manifesto

    RIFF | INNOVATION – NETWORKING – DIALOGUE The aim of Reykjavik International Film Festival is to become one the foremost film festivals in Europe, placing continued emphasis on presenting not only progressive, independent cinema and a wide range of documentaries touching on explosive subjects, but also a young and unusual Capital in a country bursting with energy and creativity. The geographic location makes RIFF a natura...

The First Twelve Films Announced at The Reykjavík International Film Festival - RIFF 2014

The Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF, takes place between September 25th and October 5th. Screenings take place at Háskolabíó, Tjarnarbió, Bió Paradís and at the Nordic House. A variety of events will take place in Reykjavik and Kópavogur. This year’s festival is certainly a weighty one with a multitude of award-winning films being screened as well as those competing for the acclaimed Golden Puffin.  Last year&rsquo...

Iceland's got Talent: RIFF Industry Days to showcase them

RIFF Industry Days is the title of a series of workshops and talks to be held during the Reykjavík International Film Festival over the space of four days. The aim to facilitate better mutual knowledge and understanding between important players in the International audiovisual market, and to form a basis for a joint direction within the industry to pursue in the face of mutating markets.  On top of that you will get to go to cool cocktail pa...

Mike Leigh is this year's guest of honour at RIFF 2014

  His latest film, Mr.Turner shown at the festival Distinguished British director, Mike Leigh  will be guest of honour at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, RIFF.  His latest film, Mr.Turner will be screened at the festival. Leigh has directed various films throughout the years and gained attention for his different take on topics such as the British lower-classes.  His most famous films are undoubtedly Naked and Secrets &Lies ...


  Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an ev...


  The first time I had heard about Béla Tarr was from a Serbian filmmaker friend who told me that if I wanted to know some real avant-garde plucky cinema, I hadn’t lived until I had seen a Béla Tarr film. As a writer myself, I’m big on unadulterated organic creativity and this exemplary director has gone against all the rules doing everything a filmmaker is taught not to do, making himself quite a name in his 34 years of doing so. Tarr even holds the credit to having directed one of the ...


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