The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

October 9, 2014 2:25 PM

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Pingvellir (trans: "Thing Fields") in southwestern Iceland is where American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, forming a gorgeous rift valley that grows larger by the day. It is an apt metaphor for not only neutral Iceland -- a psychological battleground between Allied and Axis forces until the British invasion of May 1940 -- but for the intimate, charming Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), which just completed its 11th year.

Like the still-active Holuhraun volcano -- the 4th Icelandic volcano to erupt in the last four years, its poisonous gases stemming the tourons that, as the 2013 documentary Ash illuminated, callously streamed in to viddy the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption -- this continental divide can induce cultur...

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