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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces full lineup


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival adds 153 films to its lineup, bringing the total number of films to 233, including 20 world and 24 international premieres and with the films originating from 70 different countries. The festival will be visited by more than 300 filmmakers and over 600 delegates have accredited for the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

Unveiling the third competition programme of the festival, the Estonian Film Competition will include two world premieres, the previously announced The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow that also competes in the Official Selection of the festival and Green Cats by director Andres Puustusmaa, that includes roles by the legendary Estonian actor Tõnu Kark and Russian actor Sergey Makovetski, winner of several Russian awards, including Nika and Golden Eagle.

The programme is rounded off by November, that won the Best Cinematography award in Tribeca, The Man Who Looks Like Me and The End of the Chain - both of which world premiered at Karlovy Vary.

In Forum - a section dedicated to strong autor films that represent original standpoints and disputed views, the festival screens the world premiere of Better Tomorrow Than Today, by debuting Korean filmmaker Jeon Haelim, who offers an insight into the difficult situation of the youth in low income families in modern South Korea.

In the same programme we find The End, an abstract drama directed by her father Jeon Kyu-hwan, who has a long history with the festival, being in the programme for the 6th time and having won the Best Director Award in 2012 with The Weight.

Another world premiere is River’s Edge, a poetic take on the sociopolitical extremes in Chinese society, directed by Wang Chao, a regular in different sections of Cannes, having won the Best Film award at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard with Luxury Car (2016).

Jason B. Kohl, a director whose films have screened at Locarno, SXSW and BFI London presents his latest film New Money that will also have its world premiere at Black Nights Film Festival. The films follows a couple (played by Louise Krause and Brendan Sexton III) kidnapping the demented father of the woman after an unfavorable inheritance decision.

Black Nights will also see a visit by director Denis Cote, a two-time Locarno Best Director award winner, who is presenting his body-builder-documentary A Skin So Soft.

In one of the biggest programmes of the festival - Panorama - that offers a wide specter of films that have mostly already screened at more than one other festival, the festival introduces the world premiere of the genre-blending Our Little Secret, the fifth film by director Yuri Seltzer, who is inspired by magical realism, studying the mysteries of childhood and the pains of growing up.

The section also includes Hannah, that won two awards in Venice (including Best Actress award for Charlotte Rampling), with director Andrea Pallaoro presenting his film in person.

Several favourites from the festival circuit such as  A Fantastic Woman, The Florida Project, A Gentle Creature, The Death of Stalin, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Happy End, The Killing of A Sacred Deer, Arrhythmia and I Am Not a Witch will also screen in this section.

In the Screen International's Critics' Choice, a selection made by the critics of he eponymous magazine, 
we find, according to Screen's Chief Critic Fionnuala Halligan, 'a collection of eight films that 'are diverse in theme and approach yet collectively show the vitality that exists in the world of film in 2017.' The selection includes the Venice Golden Lion laureate The Shape of Water, the Sundance Director Award winner God's Own Country, Cannes' Golden Camera winner Montparnasse Bienvenue and Cannes' Jury Prize laureate Loveless.

The programme includes several other sections: DOC@PÖFF, Fashion Cinema, Finland 100: Finnish Cult Film Special - 48H.

Tickets for all the screenings of the festival and its two sub-festivals - children's and youth film festival Just Film and short and animation festival PÖFF Shorts - are now on sale.

Discover the full lineups:;

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival takes place from the 17th of November until the 3rd of December.






2016 Black Nights screening in Kosmos IMAX



River's Edge



New Money



A Skin So Soft



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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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