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RIFF starts today

24.09.2020 - 14:13
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Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) begins today—and innovation is at the fore, thanks to the coronavirus. This year, film fans can enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own home.

RIFF this year features on-site events at the Nordic House and Bíó Paradís, and will also hit the road and visit communities around Iceland in a specially-equipped cinema vehicle (pictured above). As well as this, films will be available to rent at home, online, anywhere in Iceland (though not overseas). 

María Ólafsdóttir, RIFF promotor, says the new elements of the festival could be here to stay—even after the pandemic finishes. 

This is the 17th annual RIFF and its opening première this year is the documentary Þriðji póllinn (The Third Pole), by Anní Ólafsdóttir and Andri Snær Magnason. RIFF 2020 features 110 films from 47 countries. 

María says that film festivals around the world have offered similar solutions this year and that it is not unlikely that elements of the change will become permanent. “We didn’t want to let all the air out of the balloon, so we will have selected films that we show at Bíó Paradís and the Nordic House. There will be one showing per picture at Bíó Paradís, and naturally with fewer tickets sold in each auditorium to ensure distance between people,” María says. 

[email protected] starts streaming films online today: “There, people can watch high quality films online through the RIFF website, allowing us to bring movies to people across the whole country. Even out at sea, to elderly people, and people who would usually not leave home,” María says. 

The RIFF website features some pages entirely in English, but most pages have English below the Icelandic.  

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Alexander Elliott
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