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Reykjavik International Film Festival


The 18th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place between September 30th and October 10th, 2021.

Iceland’s major annual film event, the main purpose of RIFF is to offer a wide selection of groundbreaking, independent cinema, and to highlight the work of young and emerging filmmakers, by presenting only first and second works in the Grand Prix competition category New Visions. The objective of the festival is to increase general interest in independent cinema, increase the level of cinematic literacy and enrich film culture in Iceland by offering different cross-platform programs.


RIFF 2021 is launched!


RIFF 2021 is launched! Yesterday Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland, gave directors Mia Hansen-Løve og Joachim Trier RIFF’s Creative Excellence Award at a festive reception at Bessastaðir.


Friday 1st of October

Today Mia Hansen-Løve will take part in Q&A sessions at the screenings of her films, Eden, at 17.00, and, Bergman Island, at 18.45, at Bíó Paradís.
RIFF’s Drive-In Cinema is back again and starts with a sing-along session of Mamma Mia!. The Drive-In Cinema is located at Samskip parking lot, on the corner of Holtavegur and Barkarvogur. Tickets: 3000 ISK per car.
Schedule and ticket sales.

Bergman Island

18:45 Bíó Paradís 1
+ Q&A with honorary guest Mia Hansen-Løve
A couple retreats to Fårö, the island that inspired Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, to finish their screenplays, when the line between reality and fiction starts to blur.
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21:15 Bíó Paradís 1
In 17th-century Italy, a nun who suffers from religious visions develops a romantic love affair with the woman tasked with assisting her. The film’s sapphic eroticism was seen as sacrilegious by sections at Cannes Film Festival.
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a-ha: The Movie

21:45  Bíó Paradís 2
Three young Norsemen followed their impossible dream of becoming pop stars. When "Take On Me" topped the Billboard charts in the US in 1985, the dream came true. Or, did it?
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17:00  Bíó Paradís 2 
+ Q&A with honorary guest Mia Hansen-Løve

Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
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Cow / Kýr

15:00  Bíó Paradís 1
The first documentary from acclaimed British director Andrea Arnold premiered at Cannes Film Festival. This highly political film gives a close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.
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20:00  Samskip Parking Lot 
(corner of Holtavegur and Barkarvogur)

Mamma Mia! promises a great sing-along time for all ABBA fans out there, with a star-studded cast. American jukebox musical romantic comedy film that follows the bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan who is trying to find her real father.
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And that is not all. For more movies and events go to
Schedule and Tickets


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