Tonight, Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) kicks off with the much awaited new film by director Róbert Douglas This is Sanlitun, his first film since 2005.
The film, which will be premiered at Háskólabíó, is a comedy set in China. Gary is in Beijing to make it big, after failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up English teaching and life lessons from Frank, an incompetent mentor. Gary’s real reasons for staying become apparent when his son and Chinese ex-wife enter the picture.
RIFF takes place every year in late September over the course of eleven days, showing a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. The festival highlights independent filmmaking from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers.
In addition, by organizing concerts, photo exhibitions and more, RIFF encourages the interaction of film with other art forms. One of its hallmarks is screening films in unexpected places. This year, the program includes a film screening in a cave and at Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool.