39 films by young European filmmakers from 18 different countries were screened at the first annual Super8000 Film Festival at the end of October, 2017 in Aarhus, the second biggest city in Denmark. The films were chosen by the jury on the basis of their level of uniqueness, curiosity and innovation. At the end of the festival three of the films with the most unique artistic language received this year’s The Rethink Award. Besides „Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One” by Liene Linde (Latvia), the other two prizes went to “Greetings from Kropsdam” by Joren Molter (The Netherlands) and “Nachthexen” by Julie Herdicheck Baltzer (Denmark).
"Seven Awkward Sex Scenes” is a bold attempt of the new filmmaker Liene Linde to make her first film. In an innovative, pseudo-documental manner she tells the story of sex and her dreams of cinematography. As a result, the re-enactment of the awkward sex scenes gets mixed with the awkwardness of the low-budget filmmaking process.
The film stars Liene Linde and Inga Tropa (Riga New Theatre) in lead roles with appearances of Jurijs Djakonovs, Toms Liepājnieks, Klāvs Mellis, Baiba Broka (Riga New Theatre), Gatis Gāga (Riga New Theatre) and Jānis Vimba (Latvian National Theatre). The film was developed as the diploma work during Linde’s master’s studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture in the field of Film Directing and Production.
The film premiered during the Riga IFF 2016 and since then has been screened in film festivals all over Europe including the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF within the Future Frames programme ranking Liene Linde in the top ten new film directors to follow. The film is also nominated by the jury of The Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival in the category of best student film.