As an individual department within this year’s festival the team behind the wittily titled SHORT RIGA have devised a remarkable feat – altogether three competitions of new shorts from around the world, Baltic student films and a separate category for music videos. Showcased within three respective programmes SHORT RIGA will take over the newly established small theater KINO BIZE as well as organise workshops and host an award ceremony.
A sensitive and introvert teenager lives under the shadow of his mother in Israeli periphery. The film explores questions of marginality and poverty in a Jewish-Arab society searching for its identity.GO TO FILM
When her husband suddenly dies, Karin starts visiting a counselor. Used to being a housewife for years, she feels she has lost her identity. Now Karin has to learn more about herself and plan her income and future. Her husband was a charismatic priest always in the centre of peoples’ attention, earning respect regardless of his flaws and shortcomings. Maybe now it is the time for Karin to take her husband’s place? To become more careless and to look and behave like she has always wanted.GO TO FILM
Four generations, each with a crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the Norwegian Constitution Day. Ten-year-old Birger hates marching with the boys’ brigade. War hero Konrad (90) refuses to listen to another sumptuous Constitution Day speech. Graduation queen Carina (18) just cannot believe Morten isn’t interested in her. And father-of-two Ola (46) searches for his ‘self’ in a hunting lodge in arctic Svalbard.GO TO FILM
Synthetic, animated figures coexist with elements of realistic images, diverse landscapes meet each other, music tracks of different origins and moods overlap and collide with real sounds of human environment. Sound layer of the film is on par with the visual and literary ones, fully reflecting the basic assumption of the film’s aesthetic: to build an utterance by overlapping contradictory tones, emotions and messages.GO TO FILM