FESTIVALS: IDFF Artdocfest / Riga 2020 Announces Competition Films

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    RIGA: The first stand-alone edition of International Documentary Film Festival Ardocfest / Riga will run from 26 November to 1 December 2020 with screenings to be held at the cinema Splendid Palace. The festival will have two competition sections: an International Competition with 21 films and a Baltic Focus competition with eight films. All competition films will be Latvian premieres.

    The main award of the Baltic Focus competition is named Herz, honouring the Latvian documentary filmmaker Hercs Franks (1926 – 2013).

    The jury of the international competition consists of the Russian-American journalist Vladimir Pozner, the director of the National Film Centre of Latvia Dita Rietuma, and journalist Artemy Troitsky from Estonia. The Baltic Focus will be judged by film consultant Tue Steen Müller (Denmark), director Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia), and professor Massimo Tria (Italy).

    Artdocfest was established in Russia in 2007. In 2015 it partnered with the Riga International Film Festival as a non-competitive section of documentary films, and in 2018 it began running as an international documentary competition section within the Riga IFF. The organisers of Ardocfest / Riga want the festival to become an important cultural and documentary film event in the Baltics and broader Eastern European region. Along with the film competition programme, the festival will have out of competition screenings, and a symposium on documentary cinema.

    The Out of Competition programme will include the latest film by the festival’s president, director Vitaly Mansky, Gorbachev. Paradise

    International Competition programme:

    Breaking into Baikonur / Vtorgnennia na Baikonur (Ukraine)
    Directed by Dmitriy Gromov, Angel Angelov

    Bitter Love (Sweden, Poland, Finland)
    Directed by Jerzy Sladkowski

    Garage People / Garagenvolk (Germany)
    Directed by Natalya Efimkina

    Gunda (Norway, USA)
    Directed by Victor Kossakovsky

    Gift / Dar (Russia)
    Directed by Valentin Sidorenko

    Joy / Dzhoi (Russia)
    Directed by Darya Slyusarenko

    The Earth is Blue as an Orange / Zemlia blakitna, nibi apel’sin (Ukraine, Lithuania)
    Directed by Iryna Tsilyk
    Coproduced by Moonmakers
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    The Whale from Lorino / Wieloryb z Lorino (Poland)
    Directed by Machey Kuske
    Produced by Pokromski Studio

    The Foundation Pit / Kotlovan (Russia)
    Directed by Andrey Gryazev

    Kunashir (France)
    Directed by Vladimir Kozlov

    A Boy / Malchik (Russia)
    Directed by Vitaliy Akimov

    It's Night Outside (Belgium)
    Directed by Lea Tonner, Caroline Guimbal

    I Need the Handshakes / Uścisków twoich mi potrzeba (Poland, Belarus)
    Directed by Andrei Kutsila
    Produced by Belsat TV, TVP S.A.

    Dad / Papa (Russia)
    Directed by Valeriya Gay Germanika

    Don’t Hesitate to Come for a Visit, Mom (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Russia)
    Directed by Anna Artemyeva

    Stasya is me / Stasia – eto ia (Russia, Ukraine)
    Directed by Stasya Grankovskaya

    Shadows of Your Childhood / Teni tvoego detstva (Russia)
    Directed by Mihail Gorobchuk

    Silent Voice (France)
    Directed by Reka Valerik

    Daybreak, sunset, cow milk / Utro, vecher, moloko (Russia)
    Directed by Marina Fomenko

    Time is (Belgium)
    Directed by Zaur Kurazov

    Beaumonde scrapping / Chermet (Russia)
    Directed by Nikolay N. Viktorov

    Baltic Focus competition:

    The Jump / Šuolis (Lithuania, Latvia, France)
    Directed by Giedrė Žickytė
    Produced by Moonmakers
    Coproduced by VFS Films
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, the National Film Centre of Latvia

    The Weight of All the Beauty / Süda Sõrve Sääres (Estonia)
    Directed by Eeva Mägi
    Produced by Alasti Kino
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute

    Meanwhile on Earth (Sweden, Denmark, Estonia)
    Directed by Carl Olsson
    Co-produced by Allfilm
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute

    Restless Memories / Nemierīgās atmiņas (Latvia)
    Directed by Elina Lange-Ionatamishvili
    Co-produced by Mistrus Media

    One Life / Vienas gyvenimas (Lithuania)
    Directed by Marija Stonytė
    Produced by Moonmakers
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    A Loss of Something Ever Felt / Üht kaotust igavesti kandsin (Estonia, Sweden, Colombia)
    Directed by Carlos E. Lesmes, Liis Nimik
    Produced by Alasti Kino
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute

    Lobster Soup (Spain, Iceland, Lithuania)
    Directed by Rafael Molés, Pepe Andreu
    Co-produced by Studio Nominum
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    The Circle / Südamering (Estonia)
    Directed by Margit Lillak
    Produced by Allfilm
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute