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RIFF Releases 2014 Program

The Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) released its 2014 program at a press conference yesterday.

The event, which this year takes place between September 25 and October 5, showcases over 100 dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries and highlights independent filmmaking from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers. The main award, the Golden Puffin, is awarded to first or second time directors.

This year’s guests of honor are British director Mike Leigh, whose latest film Mr. Turner will be screened, and Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, whose film Force Majeur will receive its Icelandic premiere.

The festival’s opening film is Land Ho!, a U.S. production set in Iceland, and the closing film is Richard Linklater’s eagerly awaited epic Boyhood.

A special theme this year is ‘War and Peace,’ to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I. The renowned journalist and filmmaker John Pilger will attend a panel discussion on the function of media in times of war, along with Palestinian/Israeli director Suha Arraf who has also worked as a correspondent in Gaza.

RIFF encourages the interaction of film with other art forms by organizing concerts, photo exhibitions, discussions and more. Among the many events surrounding RIFF this year is a special 30th anniversary screening of the Viking movie When The Raven Flies by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, with live accompaniment by the heavy-metal band Sólstafir.

A special hot-tub short film screening, a workshop for children, the One Minute Film Awards and a special focus on films from the Faroe Islands and Greenland are also part of this year’s festival.

For more information visit RIFF’s website.

Click here for this year’s program.

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