XX International Riga Film Forum Arsenals

This year “Arsenāls” will take place from September 17 till 26 in cinemas “Rīga” and “K Suns”. This year’s program will cover the whole world and include films that have won awards at the prestigious world film festivals (Berlin, Venice, Cannes), and also films that have very important part in film history. “Arsenāls” will be focused on Japanese “new wave” that will be represented by three works by directing legend Yoshishige Yoshida, and the British new wave will be represented by award winner “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1962), a drama by Tony Richardson, in order to commemorate the death of Alan Sillitoe, the writer and author of the script. The historical “Cobra Verde” (1987) by Werner Herzog, with Klaus Kinski in the title-role, but behind the scene – artist Ulrich Bergfelder, who also will be the guest of “Arsenāls” and will share his memories about the making of this film.Among the special events there will be the newest film “Chantrapas” by Georgian-French film maker Otar Ioseliani – an ironic and sincere story about forbidden films and the life of film makers in Soviet time.

In the International Film Competition– film directors, whose names speak for themselves: Alex van Warmerdam and Eugene Green, Manoel de Oliveira, also Estonian Veiko Ounpuu, whose filmThe Temptation of St. Tony” have been screened at the international Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals, earning very good reviews, and in which one of the roles is performed by French actor Denis Lavant, who was the star of the last years “Arsenāls” participant Leos Carax film “Mister Lonely”.

The Baltic Film Competition will have two Latvian documental film premieres: already scandalous film “Family Instinct” by Andris Gauja and “How are you doing, Rudolph Ming?” by Robets Rubīns, which will be the opening film of the Baltic Film Competition.

In the evening sessions – animation film “The Illusionist” by Sylvain Chomet, based on the script by legendary comedian Jaques Tati, “White Material” by Claire Denis with Isabelle Huppert in the title-role, and films with such actors as Jared Loto, Sarah Polley, Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce…

Until September 12 you can purchase economically beneficial screening passes for “Arsenāls” films. You can book tickets for five films (LVL 10) or ten films (LVL 19). You can purchase your film tickets at box offices of “Bilesu Serviss” or at web page www.bilesuserviss.lv. The price for one screening during the festival will be from LVL 2.50 to 3.50.

You can view the programm of “Arsenāls” 2010 here.

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