Rīga International Film Festival 2023 is under way

On October 12, the 10th edition of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) opens with the Baltic premiere of the Estonian kung fu comedy The Invisible Fight (Rainer Sarnet).

Celebrating the festival’s tenth anniversary, RIGA IFF will present the year’s most important and award-winning films, highlighting current cinematic trends and key contemporary filmmakers. The program, put together by a team of professional local and international curators, will be screened over 11 days at Splendid Palace and Forum Cinemas in Riga; some RIGA IFF films will also be available online throughout Latvia.

Tickets for the screenings and other events can be purchased on the festival’s website rigaiff.lv and at Biļešu Serviss box offices.

The tenth anniversary season of RIGA IFF has the motto “10 is just a number. Adventures are limitless” and has nine sections of the festival program.

 will bring together the greatest films from the current season including daring debuts, and feature and short film competitions. You will be able to find gems from the Nordic countries in the NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS section, see the attempt to capture the spirit of contemporary German-language cinema in the section ZEITGEIST DEUTSCHLAND, discover special retrospective showcases dedicated to the directors Jim Jarmusch and Roy Anderson, and enjoy films for the whole family in the KIDS’ REEL section. Surprise musical performances, book launches, and lectures by industry representatives will complement the extensive film program.

Several of the festival’s most popular films will be screened during the first weekend of RIGA IFF – Wim Wenders’ ode to the lives of happy people Perfect Days, cult director Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter starring Tilda Swinton as both mother and daughter, and Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Celine Song’s debut film Past Lives. The retrospective of Jim Jarmusch’s works will also begin to take shape with the screening of his first feature Stranger than Paradise in Splendid Palace on 14 October, followed by a screening of anti-western Dead Man the following day. 

To help navigate the festival’s programme, screening schedules will be displayed at the festival’s two home cinemas, Splendid Palace and Forum Cinemas, and elsewhere in Riga, while the festival’s digital catalogue is available on the website rigaiff.lv. The festival website also features a special Festival Guide section, where you can find a selection of films and other festival events. This year for the first time, an information centre created by the festival’s main partner Tet will be located at the Splendid Palace cinema, the central venue of RIGA IFF, for the convenience of visitors.

Tickets for all screenings can be purchased on the festival’s website rigaiff.lv and at “Biļešu serviss” box offices.

RIGA IFF’s main partner is the media and technology company Tet. The festival is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the EU programme Creative Europe MEDIA, Riga City Council, and the National Film Centre.

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