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Industry and #PÖFF22 are in full swing!


Industry is in full swing! 
This year's Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, running until November 30, offers an exciting selection of public (and semi-public) presentations, conference and panel programmes on film marketing and distribution and several workshops. All this in the spirit of the latest topics relevant to film industry today!

Also make sure to check out the many world premieres still to come at the 22nd Black Nights Film Festival. The epic film marathon will conclude this Saturday 1st of December in stunning fashion with the spectacular Award Ceremony. Join us in Alexela Concert Hall and let's make it an evening we won't soon forget.

Check out all the galleries from all our different events and panels HERE





Tallinn Black Nights awards the Latvian documentary film maker and founder of the legendary  Riga School of Poetic Documentary Cinema Ivars Seleckis with the second Lifetime Achievement Award of the festival.

Seleckis continues to make films even at the age of 84. His biggest international success is The Crossroad Street (1988), the first of three Crossroad-films that received three of the most prestigious documentary awards in the Europe – EFA award for the Best Documentary, Joris Ivens and Robert Flaherty awards.

Seleckis will be awarded at tonight’s screening of his latest documentary To Be Continued, which is part of the festival’s Baltic Competition programme. The film is Latvia's candidate for the best foreign language film Academy Award.
Come join us at Coca-Cola Plaza at 6:30pm



28. November @ 21.00 Tallinna kino Sõprus
29. November @ 17.00 Tartu kino Cinamon

Hello Arsi

Filmed in Odia language, this is writer-director Sambit Mohanty’s first and unfortunately also last film (he died suddenly during post-production in 2017). You can sense a longing here for a simpler time and a yearning to find each other in a situation where advancements in technology have isolated us more and more.

This enchanting and delicate film is about a man and a woman who meet and spend their whole day together, talking about everything and nothing at the same time. It all gets a lot more complicated when they start talking about their feelings.

The film will be presented by the producer Producer Ajaya Routray.





28. November @ 18.00 Tallinn Coca-Cola Plaza

A Shelter Among the Clouds

Besnik (Arben Bajraktaraj) is a shepherd suffering from mental disorder and living with his elder father in a village of mountainous North Albania. Member of a multi-faith family, he is a devout Muslim, his mother was Catholic, and his father is a former Communist. His sister Fitore and her family are also Muslims while his brother Alban who emigrated to Greece with his kids, converted to Orthodoxy. 

Albanian writer-director Robert Budina is artistically active and recognized both in his country and abroad. In "A Shelter Among the Clouds", his sophomore feature, he is dealing with the religious intolerance and respect in a secluded society.

The film will be presented by director Robert Budina, cast members Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela PysqyliBruno Shllaku and Irena Cahani, and producer Sabina Kodra.

Read Wendy Ide's review for Screen International here!






28. November @ 20.45 Tallinn Coca-Cola Plaza

Until We Fall

Years ago, a young couple bought a historical summer house, hoping to spend long winter vacations by the warm ocean together with their son Lucas. Louise and Adam (played by well-known Danish actors Lisa Carlehed and Dar Salim) have returned to the island after a long while but this time without Lucas, and the local police insists on something impossible.

Director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm explores the topics of life and death and does it with profound passion. 

Tonight’s screening will be attended by director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, actors Lisa Carlehed and Dar Salim and producer Sara Namer.






29 November @ 21.00 Tallinn, Coca-Cola Plaza


A modern villa in the dry Portuguese summer landscape. The sun scorching bright high in the sky, four well-built bodies - three male, one female - hanging out by the pool, on the porch, in the bedrooms. All seem to be waiting for something, or as it soon turns out - someone. Scene by scene we are revealed the complex interpersonal relations and the most important, the relation of all the characters with the one who is being waited for. Who is that mythical person and what will happen when he finally arrives?

Director Vicente Alves do Ó and his team have succeeded, with an enjoyably beguiling directorial style and visual style, to load dramatic and emotional tension into one of the most tedious of all activities - waiting. Four people waiting for the fifth one, someone who has left and unforgettable mark on the souls and hearts of all of them, in some cases the scar tissue almost visible to the plain eye. 

Join us tomorrow for the world premiere with director Vicente Alves do Ó, cast members  Ricardo BarbosaOceana Basilio, Nuno Pardal and Pandora Gagnon da Cunha Telles.








29. November @ 21.30 Tallinn Coca-Cola Plaza

Happiness is a Warm Gun

Five characters. Five novels. One room. Five fictional characters meet in a bunker, a rancid bar or in an underpass furnished by its homeless inhabitant – a non-place that condemns them to eternal togetherness.

Driven by the failure in their histories, they seek repose and comfort in people who can not offer them any. And yet, the hope for instances of humanness smolders in this restless solitude. 











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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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