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REYKJAVIK 2021

Eight films vying for the Golden Puffin at Reykjavik

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- The 18th edition of the Reykjavik International Film Festival will showcase 85 features from 61 countries and boasts a nigh-on 50/50 gender ratio among their directors

Eight films vying for the Golden Puffin at Reykjavik
The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier

The 18th edition of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) will take place from 30 September-10 October, opening with Joachim Trier's The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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, which garnered Renate Reinsve the Best Actress Award at Cannes. Trier will receive a special Prize for Outstanding Artistry, as will Mia Hansen-Løve, whose Bergman Island [+see also:
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is also featured on the programme, and both filmmakers will enjoy retrospectives of their earlier works.

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Also among the special guests are Debbie Harry, who will come along for a Q&A session in support of the short film Blondie: Vivir en la Habana, and celebrated Danish actress Trine Dyholm, who plays the eponymous Scandinavian ruler in Margrete - Queen of the North [+see also:
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, the closing film of the festival.

There are eight titles vying for the Golden Puffin Award in the main competitive section, New Visions, intended for first or second films by their directors. Three are coming from the Berlinale (Andreas Fontana's Azor [+see also:
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, Jacqueline Lentzou's Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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interview: Jacqueline Lentzou
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and Alexandre Koberidze's What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Koberidze
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), two from Cannes (Vincent Le Port's Bruno Reidal, Confession of a Murderer [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Le Port
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and Nathalie Álvarez Mesén's Clara Sola [+see also:
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), two from Tribeca (Thomas Dameskov's Wild Men [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Daneskov
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and US director Nana Mensah's Queen of Glory) and one from Karlovy Vary (Dina Duma's Sisterhood [+see also:
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interview: Dina Duma, Antonia Belazelk…
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).

One more competitive selection, in addition to three sections dedicated to international and Icelandic short films, is A Different Tomorrow, which deals with socially important issues. In total, 80% of the films in this competition are directed by women, and the titles include Marta Popivoda's Landscapes of Resistance [+see also:
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, Robin Petré's From the Wild Sea [+see also:
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interview: Robin Petré
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, Engeli Broberg's Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13 [+see also:
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, Salomé Jashi's Taming the Garden [+see also:
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and Aïcha Macky's Zinder [+see also:
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. For the full list, please click here.

Other sidebar sections include the newly established Cinema Beats as well as Documentaries, Open Seas, Dutch Focus and, for international guests, the particularly appetising Icelandic Panorama featuring eight fresh Icelandic titles.

Two recently departed industry professionals, Icelandic director Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, and Greek curator and film critic Dimitris Eipides, who in addition to programming for the Thessaloniki, Toronto and Montreal Film Festivals served as the programme director at RIFF, will have tribute programmes dedicated to them.

RIFF's famed special events in unusual locations continue this year, with highlights including screenings of Jim Henson's Labyrinth in the Raufarhólshellir cave and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in a swimming-pool cinema. Plus, Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Academy Award-winning score for Joker will be performed by SinfoniaNord and conducted by the composer’s father, Guðni Franzson, set to a projection of the film.

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