Godland emerges victorious from the ninth Riga International Film Festival

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– The feature film by Hlynur Pálmason added another feather to its awards at the Latvian event, while My love affair with marriage and queen of comedy also a little love

The winners of the Riga International Film Festival 2022 (© Kaspars Kursišs/Riga IFF)

The Riga International Film Festival, which took place from October 13 to 23 in the Latvian capital as well as online, concluded with the announcement of the winners in its six competition sections during a ceremony of awards ceremony held on Saturday evening.

Godland [+see also:
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by the Icelandic director Hlynur Palmason was chosen as the winner of the festival’s main prize, the Coq d’Or, endowed with €4,000 in cash. The award adds to the applause for the film, which has already garnered acclaim on the festival circuit following its premiere at this year’s Un Certain Regard. The jury – composed of Ollie Charlesa representative of the MUBI film streaming platform; Barbara Wurmfilm curator and researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin; Uldis Cekulisdirector and founder of the Latvian film studio VFS Films; Karolis Kaupiniswhose New Lithuania [+see also:
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won the main prize at Riga IFF 2019; and Marcin Pienkowskidirector of the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław – described the film as “a multi-layered cinematic experience that constantly evolves and interacts with audience expectations”.

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The jury awarded a special mention to Sign Baumaneanimated feature of My love affair with marriage [+see also:
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, which had its national premiere at the festival. They described it as “a creative work full of detail, sincerity and self-mockery”.

The family section of the festival, Kids’ Reel, saw the award go to queen of comedy [+see also:
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by the Swedish director Sanna Lenken. The jury said it was “a story that offers a strong message of resilience and self-discovery”. The film is no stranger to awards after winning the Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlin edition and the ECFA Jury Prize, which guarantees the film will receive a nomination for the award. ECFA’s Best European Children’s Film. The jury also selected Piret Sigus and Silja Saarepuuanimation Turnip as the winner of the Kids’ Reel short film competition.

The Riga IFF Children’s Jury named the animated feature Yuku and the Himalayan Flower [+see also:
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by French filmmakers Arnaud Demuynck and Remi Durin like their favorite movie. The film will be screened on Latvian television after the festival in cooperation with LTV.

The first prize in the International Short Film Competition was awarded to the director Francesco Montagner for his Czech-Slovak co-produced short film Asterion, who received a cash prize of €2,000. The jury – composed of Anne Gaschutzdirector of Filmfest Dresden and member of the selection committee for short films at the Locarno Film Festival; Sander Joon, an Estonian animation director; and Inja Koraccurator of short films at the Motovun and Beldocs festivals, and director of industry at the Zagreb Film Festival – said that this work “breaks down preconceptions about modern cinema, while at the same time acquiring a timeless quality thanks to its beautiful visuals, substance and innovative editing.” The film has now become a candidate to be shortlisted for the European Film Academy’s European Short Film Award 2023.

The winner of the Riga IFF national short film competition was Anna Ansonit is I can’t help myself, “a hypnotic tale told from the female gaze, in which we want to highlight subtle humor and unexpected twists”. The filmmaker will receive a cash prize of €1,000.

The winner of the Test Screenings – which saw Baltic and Ukrainian filmmakers show their nearly completed shorts to an audience of industry experts – was the documentary The sun shines, but does not heat by the Ukrainian director Alexander Kosiak. He received the BB Posthouse Award, including post-production services worth €3,000.

The Baltic Music-video Competition prize went to the video for the song “Ne Daiktai” by Jonas Sarkus and Džiugas Babenskas. Riga also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award, which this year went to Juris Zviedris and Aida Zviedre for running the Riga-based K Suns arthouse cinema for the past 30 years. The award was presented by Martiņš Staķisthe mayor of Riga.

Here is the full list of winners:

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Godland [+see also:
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Hlynur Pálmason (Denmark/France/Iceland/Sweden)
Special mention
My love affair with marriage [+see also:
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Signe Baumane (Latvia/USA/Lithuania)

Winner of the international short film competition
Asterion – Francesco Montagner (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Special mention
Sardine- Johanna Caraire (France)

Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
Asterion – Francesco Montagner

Kids’ Reel Children’s Jury Prize
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– Arnaud Demuynck, Rémi Durin (France)

Winner of the Kids’ Reel Feature Film Competition
queen of comedy [+see also:
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Sanna Lenken (Sweden)

Kids’ Reel Short Film Competition Winner
Turnip – Piret Sigus, Silja Saarepuu (Estonia)

Winner of the Baltic Music-video competition
“Ne Daiktai” Jonas Šarkus, Džiugas Babenskas (Lithuania)
Special mention
“Sunshine Cake” – Kristijonas Dirsė (Latvia)

Winner of short test screenings in Riga
The sun shines, but does not heat – Oleksandr Kosiak (Ukraine)

Life Achievement Award
Aida Zviedre, Juris Zviedris

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