The Riga International Film Festival will take place from October 18 – 31. Its screening venues will be cinemas ‘Splendid Palace’, ‘KSuns’ and ‘Kino Bize’, as well as the National Library of Latvia and Kaņepes Culture Centre. The audience will be presented with more than 100 films in 12 programmes, diverse industry events, and a range of thought-provoking public discussions.

NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS of the RIGA IFF is a panorama of a special kind of cinema that reflects the Nordic way of making films, telling a story, painting a picture, singing a song. To some of us it’s exotic, to others – seems cosy, but this cinematic experience is always deeply touching something very human inside of us. The North is truly much closer than one might think… On 19 October the provocative dramedy ‘A Horrible Woman’ will open the programme this year. It is the second full-length feature film of actor/director Christian Tafdrup, co-written with his brother Mads Trafdrup.

NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS 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.

As a contribution to the global celebration of the centenary of world-renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007), the Riga IFF presents a retrospective programme devoted to his life and work - INGMAR BERGMAN 100