We showed up at Bíó Paradís at two o’clock, and saw a film by the festivals patron Kim Longinotto, Runaway followed by an interesting Q&A about the life´s of these young girls staying at a shelter in Tehran, Iran displayed in the film. This film was so inspiring that we couldn’t resist to see another film by Longinotto, Gaea Girls about a group of Japanese female wrestlers. These two different women’s worlds, displayed and portrayed in both films, had a great impact and showed us a reality and portraits of women in different places in the world.
When we came out of the screening, there was a polish reception where we grabbed Marcin Luczaj, program director from Short Waves, Festival Poznan in Poland and Tomek Adamski, program director. Adamski told us about his relation to the festival, talked about the difference between Icelandic and Polish filmmaking, and his take on the festival, sitting in an authors chair that we found in the corner of the cinema. Luczaj was on the other hand, glad to pop out with us for a quick chat about the screenings and selections of the polish shorts that were screened prior to our interview. The polish shorts that we saw, were very versatile. One animated film stuck out to us about a twisted rabbit who did everything from being a abstract Alice in Wonderland style fugitive to being a needy little boy, trying to disappear.
We managed to meet the Norwegian director Silje Glimsdal, and Morten Stahlhut producer of the film Hotel Stalker, sat them down in a sofa, and asked about their film, and this concept of creating an atmosphere through the medium of filmmaking.
The grand opening of the festival took place eight o’clock, featuring Brynja Dögg, the press officer and Heather Millard, the festival director giving an opening speech, right before the screening of the two opening films, short film Krass by Tómas Jóhannesson and Town Runners, a documentary by Jerry Rothwell.
We had a great time, in Bíó Paradís, inhaling the excitement of the people there, trying to choose films to see the following days and to book more interviews. See you there, we will be snooping around for the rest of the festival. Day one was a great day to start Reykjavík Shorts & Docs this year.
A video from Day One-Reykjavík Shorts & Docs is expected soon.
Information and schedule of the festival can be found here: shortsdocsfest.com
Photographs/Text/Interview: Ása Baldursdóttir
Photographs/video: Edda Björnsdóttir
Photographs: Nanna Dís