2016 Rīga International Film Festival to start Thursday

From October 13 to 23, the 2016 Rīga International Film Festival will take place with a ten-day run of world cinema goodies. 

The films are divided into eight programs ranging from the time-tested the innovative and new.

The In Kino Veritas program will tickle the fancy of those who wish to become better acquainted with film classics and historical processes of the language of cinema.

The Short Riga program showcasing concentrated cinema is a good way to start the film festival, while the Kids' Weekend selection will charm the younger viewers.

The films that were nominated for Latvia's movie award Lielais Kristaps will be screened once more for everyone who missed them.

Each evening of the festival will see screenings of films awarded in respected European film festivals, the festival's creative director Sonora Broka told Latvian Radio's Kultūras Rondo Monday. 

"If you want a squabble or something scandalous, debatable or itchy, the ArtDocFest program is a very courageous documentary film program," said Broka, referring to the Russian documentary film festival that has relocated to Rīga following the Kremlin's crackdown on free speech.

The festival also includes a curated collection of European and world cinema; a competition program consisting eight titles from the Baltic Sea states vying for the festival's main award; as well as the Nordic Highlights program featuring Scandinavian flicks.

"This year we'll have 160 international guests. We want a meeting between the viewers and filmmakers to take place at the festival [..] 

We are trying to create a platform where viewers can meet filmmakers and filmmakers can meet international media representatives and talk with one another," said Rīga IFF director Liene Treimane.

The festival will be opened October 13 and will take place on three movie theaters on Elizabetes st. - Splendid Palace, Kino Bize and K. Suns. 

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