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.
Twenty years after the unsuccessful attempt to establish independence from Russia, the life in Chechnya’s capital Grozny still verges on the fragile border between war and peace. Archaic traditions and political repression contrast with modern skyscrapers and the longing for freedom.GO TO FILM
Erika is a young and talented interior designer who has everything in her life under control, until one day the life gives her something she cannot influence. She falls into depression and begins attending a group therapy.GO TO FILM
Muffled emotional explosions under a seemingly quiet disguise; Norway’s Joachim Trier is a master of bringing an extra dimension to the frame – an invisible yet unmistakably present quality.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