The Reykjavik International Film Festival, commonly known as RIFF, starts on September 26. As usual, it will be a mix of new films from lesser-known directors, music films, documentaries, etc. There are often some excellent films shown. And the good news is that documentaries account for a growing proportion of films shown, and the focus this year is on films on environmental, human rights and quality of life themes. The films that have been confirmed can be found here. Many sound interesting, though I won’t be seeing the American film Pandora’s Promise, which is about the potential of nuclear power to save the world, although admittedly it also tackles opposition to the power source and the nuclear accidents that have occurred! Other films include Greedy Lying Bastards, on the people who deny climate change is due to human behaviour; TPB Ark: The Pirate Bay away from Keyboard, which covers the founders of Pirate Bay; My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone, on daily life in Helmand; and the slightly humourous Expedition to the End of the World, about a voyage by a team of Scandinavians to look at the melting icebergs in North Greenland.
That just covers a fraction of the films that will be shown at the festival, which runs till October 6. It looks very promising. Last year, a lot of film screenings got sold out, so it’s best to buy tickets in advance nearer the time.
For those not living in Iceland who happen to be reading this, WOW Air have just announced a special deal for festival-goers from London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris. It’s only for 3-4 nights, though.