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11 films to compete in the Baltic Competition programme of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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Ashes in the Snow 



Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the lineup of the Baltic Competition programme, brought back to life after a seven year hiatus. Three out of the 11 films announced are having their international premieres in Tallinn.

Estonia will be represented by three films. The feature-length animation Captain Morten and the Spider Queen, an Estonian-Belgian-Irish-UK co-production by director Kaspar Jancis, which premiered at Animafest Zagreb this summer. The film, dubbed by renowned actors such as Brendan Gleeson and Ciarán Hinds, presents a tale of a young boy who learns to take control over his life when he is shrunk to the size of an insect and has to sail his own toy boat through a flooded café.

The feature-length debut by Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo, Take it or Leave it, is Estonia’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The story, striking acutely at several social cords of Estonian society, follows a struggling construction worker who unexpectedly has to take on the role of a single father. The film has been produced by Ivo Felt who received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Tangerines in 2014.

Director Moonika Siimets offers a moving perspective on Stalinist terror through a child’s perspective in The Little Comrade, that was warmly received by local audiences and those at Busan IFF, winning the Public Choice Award.

Latvia’s documentary To be Continued, chronicles three children with different social backgrounds during their first year in school, it is the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Another documentary Bridges of Time, co-produced with Lithuania and Estonia, studies the poetical world created by the new wave of documentary filmmakers in the Baltic countries during the 1960’s.

The feature films from Latvia include Bille, set at the end of 1930’s, the childhood years of the writer Vizma Belševica, that will have its international premiere at Black Nights, and Foam at the Mouth, a tale about an ex-cop whose new project involving three service dogs goes awfully wrong.

Lithuania is represented by four films. Making its international premiere, Ashes in the Snow presents a tale of a group of people deported to the Siberian taiga during the Stalinist repressions of 1941. The other titles are Summer Survivors, a tale of an ambitious young psychologist who accepts to transport two patients to a seaside psychiatric unit that premiered at Toronto IFF, Breathing into Marble that arrives from a busy festival run that included Karlovy Vary and Busan IFF, and the documentary 100 Years Together, following several Lithuanians celebrating the country’s centenary. The film won the Public Choice Award at Vilnius IFF.

100 Years Together / 100 metu kartu, Lithuania, Director Edita Kabaraitė  - International Premiere
Ashes in the Snow, Lithuania-USA, Director Marius Markevičius - International Premiere
Bille /Bille, Latvia-Lithuania-Czech Rep, Director Ināra Kolmane  - International Premiere
Breathing into Marble / Kvėpavimas į marmurą, Lithuania-Latvia-Croatia, Director Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Bridges of Time / Laika tilti, Latvia-Lithuania-Estonia, Director Kristīne Briede ja Audrius Stonys
Captain Morten and the Spider Queen / Kapten Morten lollide laeval, Estonia-Belgium-Ireland-UK, Director Kaspar Jancis
Take it or Leave it / Võta või jäta, Estonia, Director Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo
The Little Comrade / Seltsimees laps, Director Moonika Siimets (Eesti)
Foam in the Mouth / Ar putām uz lūpām, Latvia-Poland-Lithuania, Director Jānis Nords
To be Continued / Turpinājums, Latvia, Director Ivars Seleckis
Summer Survivors / Išgyventi vasarą, Director Marija Kavtaradzė (Leedu)

 

Bille https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYuKT1I28Zo&index=4&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn
Take it or Leave it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BduuhD5-_0E&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn&index=9
The Little Comradehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEI43QDBYkM&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn&index=5
Bridges of Timehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWDKpd2afDg&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn
To be Continuedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQfliq6ATJs&index=8&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn
100 Years Together - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMwfZ1roOw&index=3&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn
Breathing into Marble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpD21bj4WKc&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn&index=2
Summer Survivors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLDWrQR44ds&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn&index=7
Foam at the Mouth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEI43QDBYkM&list=PLcynQgSF3MkzPPzwg4KJa4IoSwL31P7tn&index=5

 

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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival



Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.


DATES IN NOVEMBER
Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov


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