THE FESTIVAL'S PROGRAMS
The festival will open at the Kaliningrad Regional Drama Theater on 30 April with a screening of Le Havre, a 2011 dramedy by Aki Kaurismäki.
The main competition of KIFF On the Edge.West features five fiction and five documentary films about the life of today's teenagers and the ups and downs of growing up. An unusual combination of fiction and documentary cinema is a reflection of a global trend where true-life stories sometimes provoke a keener interest and response from the audience than fictional ones.
The out-of-competition On the Edge program is concise and conceptual. Some of the films have been "borrowed" from the Sundance independent film festival, such as A Glitch in the Matrix directed by Rodney Ascher, which shows renowned philosophers, economists and cultural figures reflecting on the subject "What is modernity?" The Russian film Hey, Teachers, a participant of this year's Artdocfest, is a poignant social drama about young teachers finding themselves in a school that is still trapped in the Soviet past.
"We are going to have a lot of big names and smash hits, such as Droneman by the Czech director Petr Zelenka and the two versions (feature and educational ones) of Caught in the Net about teenagers who suffered from blackmail and intimidation on the Internet. This film is a must for everyone as it is a reflection on what the future holds for us – the future that starts today and is full of possibilities but also full of dangers" (Alexey Medvedev, Program Director of On the Edge. West)
Perfect Match, another out-of-competition program, will show some of the 21st century films that could run in the On the Edge competition program if they were recently made.
"Arguably, the main cinematic highlight of this program will be the screening of 14+. The film fits the bill perfectly for what we need for the teenager program and the young generation," Alexey Medvedev said. At the festival, the film 14+ will be presented by its director Andrey Zaitsev and actress Olga Ozollapiņa.
The closing film will be Last Days at Sea. Before KIFF 2021, the movie by the Filipino director Venice Atienza was only shown online at the Berlinale for industry professionals, so its screening at On the Edge festival qualifies as its world offline premiere.