The fourth Reykjavik International Film Festival will open tonight with the world premiere of Denni Karlsson's Sigur Ros - Heima, a film about the internationally successful Icelandic music group Sigur Ros.

Guests of the festival will include Peter Greenaway, who will receive the festival's honorary award for film directing; Finnish legend Aki Kaurismaki, who gets the Creative Excellency Award and will have an audience discussion

Fourteen Icelandic films will premiere in Reykjavik in the Icelandic Panorama section. In addition to Heima, the features are Embla: Valkyrie Of The White Wing by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, Steypa by Markus Por Andresson and Ragnheiaur Gestsdottir, Unchained Beauty by Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir and Tina Naccache, The Bothersome Man by Jens Lien, and The Last Winter by Larry Fessenden.

There are also seven Icelandic shorts programmed and special screenings of The Sofa Generation and Anna.

The documentary section includes A Lion in the House, Crazy Love, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, Flying: Confession of a Free Woman, My Kid Could Paint That, Screamers, The 11th Hour, and The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories. There is also a programme devoted to Iraq and human rights, featuring Taxi To The Dark Side and Iraq In Fragments.

The New Visions programme includes international features such as Shotgun Stories, The Band's Visit, Help Me Eros, Control and The Art Of Crying. The Open Sea strand, devoted to festival hits, includes 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Savage Grace, The Edge Of Heaven, You, The Living, and Import Export.

Midnight screenings are David Arquette's The Tripper and Jonathan King's Black Sheep. An hour-long concert devoted to horror film music is also planned.

The festival's spotlight will be on Czech director David Ondricek, with screenings of his films Loners and One Hand Can't Clap.