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Awards of the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival




The awards of the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival are presented at the Award Ceremony of the festival held in the Russian Theatre in the evening of the 2nd of December.


Jury members:
Dennis Davidson, Zeynep Atakan, Graziano Diana, Ivo Felt, Zygmunt Krauze, Naoko Ogigami, Laila Pakalnina

Grand Prix
for the Best Film (Grant of 10,000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)


Night Accident / Tunku Kyrsyk
Director: Temirbek Birnazarov
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
Captured our hearts with its simple, yet immersive story of a man who has been tortured by life’s travails.   The accident gives him a rich opportunity to lighten his being and distracts him from an even darker journey and he takes it with both hands.



Best Director
Best Director (Grant of 5000 Euros)
Ju-hyoung Lee
Excavator / Pokeulein
Country: South Korea
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
For asking a simple but heartfelt question of the military and politicians, which no-one wants to answer.  Using his excavator, the protagonist seeks to uncover the truth in a strong and important film, with simple means of expression.


Best Cinematography
Best Cinematography (Grant of 1000 Euros)
Erik Põllumaa, Ivar Taim

The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow /  Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari 
Director: Sulev Keedus
Countries: Estonia, Lithuania
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
"For the mastery in creating the haunting and skillful visual imagery of the three distinct chapters in which the film consists."


Best Script
Baris Bicakci, Pelin Esmer
Something Useful / Ise Yarar Bir Sey
Director: Pelin Esmer
Countries: Turkey, France, Netherlands, Germany
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
For the human sensibility and the capacity to turn a train trip to Anatolia into a compelling tale of poetry and grief, mutual comprehension and healing.


Best Actress
Barbara Auer
Vacuum / Vakuum
Director: Christine Repond
Countries: Switzerland, Germany
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
 Barbara Auer uses her beauty to emphasise the horror of a wife and mother whose very existence is challenged by the actions of her husband. Her portrayal is heartrending as we ask the question how secure are we in our own lives?


Best Actor
Rhys Ifans
Director: Steven Bernstein
Country: United States
Year: 2017

Jury comments:
Rhys Ifans delivers an unswerving master class in acting as he brings the challenging character of Dylan Thomas.   He dominates the screen throughout and brings Dylan’s charisma and power sharply into focus.


Best Music
Martynas Bialobžeskis
The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow / Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari
Director: Sulev Keedus
Countries: Estonia, Lithuania
Year: 2017





Jury members:
Eitan Anner, Aiste Diržiute, Takeo Hisamatsu, Fernando Loureiro, Tiina Mälberg, Guillaume de Seille

The Award for the Best First Feature
(Grant of 5000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)


Different Kinds of Rain /1000 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben
Director: Isabel Prahl
Country: Germany
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
For injecting new energy and a fresh approach into the portrayal of a family falling apart.

Special Jury Prize for Directing
Sunbeat / Soleil Battant
Directors: Clara Laperrousaz, Laura Laperrousaz
Countries: France, Portugal
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
For a seductive and touching depiction of what it means to start over.



Special Jury Prize for the Ensemble of Cast


The Marriage / Martesa


Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Countries: Kosovo, Albania
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
For a complex and gripping ensemble performance.





The Estonian Film Competition is judged by the same jury as the First Feature Competition:
Eitan Anner, Aiste Diržiute, Takeo Hisamatsu, Fernando Loureiro, Tiina Mälberg, Guillaume de Seille

Award for the Best Estonian Film
Grant of 3200 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer


Director: Rainer Sarnet
Countries: Estonia, Netherlands, Poland
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
For  the film’s poetic expression of the human condition and the universal primal needs of people via the creation of a unique cinematic world.




Selecting the best Asian film of the festival among the two international competition programmes and the world and international premieres of the non-competitive programmes.
Jury members: Lekha Shankar, Keoprasith Souvannavong, Martti Helde

Goodbye, Grandpa! / Ojichan, shinjattatte!
Director: Yukihiro Morigaki
Country: Japan
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
For its simple and moving portrayal of a loss, that heightens the complexities of a modern Japanese family. The debut-film has universal overtones, that touch one and all.





International Federation of Film Critics Jury selects the best film in the First Feature Competition

Jury members:
Kata Orsoloya Molnar, Kristin Aalen, Emilie Toomela

The Marriage / Martesa
Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Countries: Kosovo, Albania
Year: 2017

Jury comment:
From short films to her first feature film, we find that the director has now composed a fully-fledged relationship drama about our longing for love whatever the sexual orientation may be. With her own personal signature and with incisive vision, the director demonstrates how we can unmindfully buy into the illusion of happiness, which is based on dishonesty to oneself and those closest to you. Vigourously and authentically set in a Kosovar and Albanian cinema tradition, the film seems like a manifestation for love between human beings, without the parade.





The audience's favourite film of the whole programme of the festival.

Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle
Director: Mike van Diem
Countries: Netherlands, Italy, Canada
Year: 2017





Audience's favourite film in the programme Rebels With A Cause.
The Wild Boys / Les garçons sauvages
Director: Bertrand Mandico
Country: France
Year: 2017





the Jury

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Grand Prix - Night Accident, director Temirbek Birnazarov, Kyrgyzstan, 2017 



Best Director Award - Ju-hyoung Lee, Excavator,  South Korea, 2017
Photo credit: Black Nights Film Festival, Marko Kivimäe



Best Actor Award - Rhys Ifans in Dominion, directed by Steven Bernstein, United States, 2017



Best Actress Award - Barbara Auer (front) with co-star Robert Hunger-Bühler in Vacuum directed by Christine Repond, Switzerland, Germany, 2017








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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.

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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