'Nordic highlights' film selection to be shown at Rīga IFF

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The Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF) has unveiled the 'Nordic Highlights' program that features nine of the brightest recent movies from the Nordic countries. Films from acclaimed Nordic directors such as Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Jan Troell and Joachim Trier, will be screened, announced the organizers of the festival.

Joachim Trier, whose debut Reprise launched waves across the world of cinema for its experiments in the language of film, as well as its nuanced psychology, returns to the screens again this year. Louder than Bombs, his new flick and also the first English-language film in Trier's career, was shot in New York. Its heroes balance on the border between creativity and self-destruction, between reality and fiction. 

While Lisa Langseth's Hotel leads the viewer into a psychotherapy experiment in which victims of the fast-track, success-worshiping society are trying to find self-acceptance and overcome their issues. The touching movie gives a chance to see Alicia Vikander of Ex Machina fame before her launch into stardom.

Jan Troell will showcase his first digitally shot piece - the black and white movie called The Last Sentence. It's based on real events about a freedom-loving journalist that opposed the Nazi ideology and criticized Sweden for its neutrality during World War 2. 

Other films, such as Grímur Hakonarson's Rams, Michael Noer's Northwest and J.-P. Valkeapää's They Have Escaped examine various aspects of life in the Nordic countries with typical Scandinavian irony, rough realism and youthful rebellion.

Stig Bjorkman's I Am Ingrid, will offer the viewers a chance to look into the life of the famed Swedish movie star Ingrid Bergman.

Info about the movies and the festival can be found at the Riga IFF website

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