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Reykjavik International Film Festival 2011 Happenings

Jim Jarmusch receives the Reykjavik International Film Festival's honorary award from Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at last year's RIFF [Photo by Peter Knegt]

The 8th edition of Reykjavik's International Film Festival opened this week spotlighting a plethora of unique events and screenings.

The fest's film program is divided into categories including: New Visions (the Grand Prix Competition), which is limited to the first or second film of up-and-coming directors; World Changes, which presents films about various global issues; Sound On Sight and Food on Film, which draw attention to the connections between film and music and film and food, respectively; a Youth Program; and an Icelandic Panorama.

The festival's Special Presentations category includes Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights" and Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin." New Visions will feature Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

This year's Emerging Master is Adrian Sitaru, while Lone Scherfig will be honored with the Creative Excellence Award. The program also features a retrospective of James Marsh's work, including "Wisconsin Death Trip," "Man on Wire," and "Project Nim." Béla Tarr will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and will have his works "Family Nest," "Werckmeister Harmonies" and "The Turin Horse" screened.

Special programs comprise: RIFF's tradition of 'Swim-in Cinema,' where "The pool will be turned into a foggy fantasy land where you can float around in the hot thermal water or enjoy a fruit cocktail," notes the festival's program. Also, a night of 'Filmfood,' with dinner at Dill Restaurant inspired by "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress" and 'Cinema at the Center of the Earth,' whose location is enigmatically described as "nature's very own pitch-black movie theatre."

RIFF continues through October 2, and indieWIRE will cover the festival from On the Scene. Visit the festival's website for more information.

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