November wins big at Riga
by Tristan Priimägi
- The Riga IFF has announced the winners of its fourth edition, with three trophies going to Rainer Sarnet’s movie, including the festival’s main award
Baltic films seemed to dominate the Riga International Film Festival at the weekend. The main award was taken home by Estonia’s November [+see also:
film profile] by Rainer Sarnet – a mysterious, black-and-white, folklore-infused story. The winner was handed a prize depicting the symbol of the city of Riga, a rooster, together with a €2,000 monetary award. In a video message, Sarnet expressed his happiness that Estonian folklore is understandable internationally: “The biggest challenge is to find out what connects us, not what disconnects us, especially today,” he said.
In addition to the main prize, November walked away with the #Youth_Matters Award, presented by the Youth Jury, and the Splendid Palace People’s Choice Award. In a surprise twist, the Youth Jury decided to give out a Special Mention as well, which was bestowed upon the Latvian documentary Fairytale About the Empty Space [+see also:
film profile] by Krista Burāne, for being “a film that opened our eyes and turned a new page in Latvian cinema”, as per the jury explanation.
In the ArtDocFest section, curated by renowned Russian documentary maker Vitaly Mansky, the main award was picked up by Audrius Stonys for his quietly poetic Woman and the Glacier [+see also:
film profile], about a Lithuanian scientist who has been living in the mountains in complete solitude for more than 30 years.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Feature Film Competition
Riga IFF Award
November [+see also:
film profile] – Rainer Sarnet (Estonia/Netherlands/Poland)
From the Balcony [+see also:
interview: Ole Giæver
film profile] – Ole Giæver (Norway)
Youth Jury Competition
Short Film Competition
Short Riga Award
Retract - Itonje Søimer Guttormsen (Norway)
MAN – Maja Borg (Sweden)
Music Video Competition
Short Film Riga #BMV Award
Oh No (Elephants from Neptune) – Maria Reinup (Estonia)
No Regrets (Deeper Upper) – Saulius Baradinskas (Lithuania)
Honourable Mention for the Best Producer’s Work
Stanislav Ershov – producer of The Last Waltz (Russia)
Riga IFF Kids’ Jury Award
Room 213 – Emelie Lindblom (Sweden)
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