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In December cinema Splendid Palace will host a number of outstanding cinema events, promising not only an excellent film programme with previously not screened films, but also a unique opportunity to experience the long-awaited European film event - the European Academy Award Ceremony which is to take place on 12 December and 13 December.

There will be screenings of the nominated films, panel discussions among international industry experts, as well as lectures and master classes by globally acknowledged professionals and personalities.

From 2 December to 12 December cinema Splendid Palace will host Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF) and Latvian National Film Festival „Lielais Kristaps 2014”.

On 6 December Splendid Palace in cooperation with Riga Film Museum has prepared a special surprise for the spectators – Cinema 1914. It is a 100-year-old silent film programme, offering an opportunity to enjoy the authentic film watching like it was at the beginning of the 20th century - with live sound and without set showtimes. Admission fee - EUR 2.

Riga IFF guest of honour will be Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann who has brought to the festival her latest directed film "Miss Julia" - to be screened in Splendid Palace on 11 December, 17.00. On the occasion of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman's lifelong cooperation Riga International Film Festival from 2 December offers exhibition "Liv and Ingmar".

On 12 December, the cinema will host public lectures by two outstanding film personalities:

12.00-13.00 a lecture by Liv Ullmann - meeting with spectators, discussions will be chaired by Viktors Freibergs;
13.15 - a lecture "Cinema and TV  by Agnieszka Holland, Polish film director, Head of the EFA about the modern habits and the role of TV series in reflecting social trends.     The lecturers are public, admission - free of charge!

On 12 December at 19.00 Splendid Palace will host the only screening in Riga of the film The Beaches of Agnès (French: Les plages d'Agnès) welcoming the great French director Agnès Varda who this year received the European Film Academy Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.

Agnès Varda is called the grandmother of French New Wave and French New Wave pioneer. Free, moving camera, improvisation in humane stories in documentary environment… She has remained faithful to humane stories all her creative life, working both in documentary and in feature films. Critics say that her films are characterised by free spirit, subjectivity and continuous movement, freedom of the camera and human liberation. She has preserved her creative energy all life long.

In her career Agnes Varda has received almost all the highest film honours: Silver Bear in Berlin for her film HAPPINESS (Le Bonheur, 1965), the Golden Lion in Venice for VAGABOND (Sans toit ni loi 1985), the European Academy Award for THE GLEANER AND I (Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse, 2000), and French Cesar Award for THE BEACHES OF AGNES (Les Plages d'Agnès, 2008).

"The Beaches of Agnes" (2008) is an unusual genre cinema - a self portrait of a documentary director. The artist about the film: In any film, one way or another director talks about him or herself, even if it is a documentary film about other people. I created this film from many "I"s, who have met so many different people in their life. My film reflects life, but my life merges with the film. It is my family, husband, children, grandchildren, and other close people. And I do not feel uncomfortable that I made it about my own life. I absolutely do not suffer from narcissism."

The Film Festival in Splendid Palace continues also on 13 December, at 19.00, when everyone is welcome to the cinema to watch EFA Awards Ceremony broadcast from the Latvian National Opera in relaxed yet festive atmosphere together with industry experts.

Tickets for both events can be purchased at Splendid Palace box office and on website www.splendidpalace.lv

On 12 December and 13 December in the Small Hall there will be screenings of short films nominated for the European Film Academy Award this year. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet the film directors. Admission fee for short film screenings: EUR 3.50, for students and pensioners EUR 3.00.

More about the films: http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/en_EN/home/100496
Programme of EFA 2014 nominated short films:

12 December at 16.00

13 December at 12.30

13 December at 15.00


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