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Fourteen Films Compete for Main Prize at RIFF

Fourteen films from various countries will compete in the main category of this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), September 25 to October 5, entitled “Vitranir” or “Visions.” Head of the jury is Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur.

Serra’s Birdsong.

Among entries are Without Mercy by Hungarian director Elemér Ragalyi, Blind Loves by Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky, Soar by Russian director Alexander Mindadze and Birdsong by Spanish director Albert Serra.

The entries to “Visions” are usually the debut projects or the second films made by the directors and after their screening at RIFF they will tour festivals around the world.

Many Icelandic films will also be screened during the festival, which will be a world premiere for many of them. Benedikt Erlingsson will premiere his short film Naglinn (“The Nail”) and Fridrik Thór Fridriksson will show a 20-minute preview of his work in progress, Sólskinsdrengurinn or “The Sunshine Boy.”

Two of the films in the Icelandic film category, “Icelandic Panorama,” are documentaries on dance, Allar maettar (“Everyone Present”) by María Gudmundsdóttir and Thetta kalla ég dans (“That’s What I Call Dance”) by Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir.

In other RIFF-related news, a workshop for children and young film enthusiasts, between five and 25, will be part of the festival’s program for the first time this year. More than 150 participants have already enrolled in the workshop.

Click here to read more about the program of the upcoming film festival and here to read another story about RIFF.

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