The Riga World Film Festival (RPFF) will take place at the Kino Bize cinema from September 16 to 19. This year, the program will feature anthropologically broad-context films that focus on the relationship between cinema and time and how we feel about it, the organizers informed.
Yesterday and today meet RPFF 2021 in the opening film “Very Pleasant, Comrades” (“A Pleasure, Comrades”, 2019). After the long overthrow of the authoritarian regime at the beginning of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution in 1975, people in the countryside began to develop collective farms that intrigued young people from abroad with similar ideals of revolution and a more democratic society. They join cooperatives that offer literacy, health and sex education. According to the organizers of RPFF, “the film” Very Pleasant, Members “travels with time, giving the older generation the opportunity to boldly and playfully play out domestic and sexual scenes, conversations from earlier times, when women were still ashamed to naked in the presence of their husbands.”
Several films in this year’s program show what happens when the pace of life is stopped as a result of drastic, restrictive events due to the current pandemic, and what happens when restrictions are suddenly lifted – a father is released from prison to spend the end at home with his daughter. Otherwise, the rhythm simply continues according to the seasons and years past, as in the film about two sisters who lived together in the countryside all their lives in RPFF 2021’s final film, The Life We Know (2020).
The festival program also includes a workshop “City Sound Records”. Krista Dintere, its director, explained: “The sound space in the city is characterized by both the presence of human activities and the architectural structures created. psychoacoustics, it is the hearing that signals whether you are in a church, a staircase, a tunnel, a narrow or a wide area. ” The results of the workshop research will be presented in a public session.
The visual identity of this year’s Riga World Film Festival has been developed by artist Edvards Percevs, and the video tigers of the festival have been developed by filmmaker Daniel Allen. The festival is supported by the State Cultural Capital Fund.
More information about the program is available at “Kino Bize” Homepage, as well as in the social networks of the Riga World Film Festival and “Kino Bize”.
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