The film section Nordic Highlights in the Riga International Film Festival 2019

The Riga International Film Festival 2019 will take place from October 17 – 27. Its screening venues will be cinemas ‘Splendid Palace’, ‘KSuns’, ‘Kino Bize’, Cafe Film Noir, as well as the National Library of Latvia and Kaņepes Culture Centre. In 2019 the festival aims to continue bringing together the Latvian and European film industries, developing film culture and film literacy in the capital and in the country, while also raising the bar for the festival’s production and content value.

The opening of the RIGA IFF’s film section NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS will take place on October 18. It will be marked with a screening of "Dogs Don’t Wear Pants" by J-P Valkeapää – a daring story on how a man seeks to cope with the death of his wife through exploring the limits of his pain and endurance in BDSM sessions. The film was shot in Latvia – with members of the Riga BDSM community as background actors – and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

“The Finnish cinema – so close to us in regard to its emotional temperature – continues to surprise. Inspired by the films of Kaurismäki and Bergman, J-P Valkeapää, one of Finland’s most interesting directors of auteur cinema, has created a bold, extravagant and very personal story about the acceptance of loss. It portrays the life of contemporary society hidden from daylight and the eyes of strangers, where pleasure can’t be separated from pain,” explains Sonora Broka, the Programme Director of RIGA IFF.

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.