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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the focus programme of 2018: the 100-year-olds

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Driven by Estonia’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival focuses on 12 countries that are celebrating their centenary this year, offering a rich retrospective with films made between 1958-1977.

The map of Europe was radically changed at the end of the 1st World War, dissolving empires and creating new small nation states. Although many of them soon lost their newly gained independence, mostly to the expanding Soviet Union, still 1918 can be considered as a certain zero point in their history.

To commemorate that, Black Nights will screen films from 12 countries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Georgia, Austria and Iceland. All of them are films that have gained a significance in their country of origin, often due to having been made in unfavorable socio-political circumstances. All films will be introduced by archive experts from the respective countries.

Most of the films have been made during the turbulent 1960s when a new wave rose in film, rebelling against older conventions and expressing stronger criticism towards their contemporary world and the past. Some of these films landed straight on the archive shelves and only became available to the general public years later.

One of the emblematic works here is Madness (1969) by the Estonian director Kaljo Kiisk, a modernist film that had anti-totalitarian messages hidden between the lines and had its distribution both inside and outside the Soviet Union severely restricted: while not officially forbidden, the film had several scenes cut and only nine copies were made, which the director could distribute only by personally travelling the country and organising the screenings himself. The film was also given a forbidden screening at the Venice film festival, where it was invited, a first ever for a Soviet Estonian film.

Also stuck between the wheels of political censure was Four White Shirts (1967) by Latvian director Rolands Kalniņš - a musical drama capturing the rebellious spirit of youth that was shelved for over 20 years. The film stars Uldis Pūcītis, who also played the lead role of inspector Glebski in the Estonian sci fi classic Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (1979). The Witness (1969) by director Péter Bacsó made it to the screens in Hungary only at the beginning of 1980s, after having screened at the Cannes film festival.

The programme also includes classics like Sergei Parajanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukraine) that won the Special Jury Prize and Grand Critics award in Mar del Plata film festival in 1965 and The Beauty by Arunas Zebriunas, one of the first films in the country to offer a child’s perspective on the world, which just screened for the first time outside of Lithuanian cinemas, being shown in multiple French cinemas this August.

The ticket sale for the focus programme will begin on the 9th of November.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival runs from the 16th of November until the 2nd of December.

The Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. Find out more about the Estonia 100 programme at www.EV100.ee.
 

FILMS


Romania: Life Does Not Forgive (aka When the Mist Rises) / Viața nu iartă, Directors Iulian Mihu & Manole Marcus, 1958
Czech Rep (at the time Czechoslovakia): Joseph Kilian / Postava k podpírání, Directors Pavel Juráček & Jan Schmidt, 1963
Poland: How to Be Loved / Jak być kochaną, director Wojciech Has, 1963
Slovakia (at the time Czechoslovakia): The Barnabáš Kos Case / Prípad Barnabáš Kos, Director Peter Solan, 1964
Ukraine: The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors / Tini zabutykh predkiv, Director Sergei Parajanov, 1964
Latvia:  Four White Shirts / Četri balti krekli, Director Rolands Kalniņš, 1967
Austria: Moss on the Stones / Moos auf den Steinen, Director Georg Lhotsky, 1968    
Estonia: Madness / “Hullumeelsus”,    Director Kaljo Kiisk, 1968
Georgia: Pirosmani, Director Giorgi Shengelaia, 1969
Hungary: The Witness / A Tanu, Director Péter Bacsó, 1969
Lithuania: The Beauty / Gražuolė, Director Arūnas Žebriūnas, 1969
Iceland: Murder Story / Morðsaga, director Reynir Oddsson, 1977
 

 

MATERIALS
 

Trailers:
The Witness (Hungary)
https://youtu.be/5ZdvA-kEPH8

Four White Shirts (Latvia) 
https://youtu.be/0zlvR0D1z3Q

Madness (Estonia)
https://youtu.be/Pben0tzRaE4

Joseph Kilian (Czech, Slovakia)
https://youtu.be/OwEASzmdJTg

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukraine)
https://youtu.be/OeIzpWNG23Y

The Barnabaš Kos Case (Slovakia, Czech)
https://youtu.be/l3xL5VqzbTI

Stills:

 

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Madness

 

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The Beauty

 

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Film still

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

 

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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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