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.
Before the party, there’s always the pre-party! The screening on the first day of the festival and at the chosen significant “prime time” – 19:19 is comprised of a selection of ten films by the students of The Latvian Academy of Culture from 2006-2015.GO TO FILM
Abkhazia is one of those “frozen” conflict regions of the former Soviet Union. Its people are proud of their historical heritage and will not let such nuisances like dilapidated houses and regular power shortages to lessen their love of life.GO TO FILM
The protagonist of the Swedish master Jan Troell’s biographical drama is Torgny Segerstedt, a journalist known for his uncompromising stand on Nazism at the time when most of his contemporaries preferred the diplomatic approach.GO TO FILM
Martin, a boyish thirty-something, goes on a weekend hike in the mountains. But one can never run away from oneself, and, just like many of us, Martin too cannot just be, without analysing his relationship with his wife and their small son, the mundanity of his job, the ever-present sense of alienation…GO TO FILM
A comical story about two brothers living in the countryside and trying to solve problems in their own way. Kris and Otto find themselves in the middle of a caricature reality of countryside lifestyle, no matter what they are doing – trying to support their family, bragging about their egos, entering a gasoline venture, or playing music everywhere they go.GO TO FILM