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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to screen 19 possible Best Foreign-language Film contenders

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- The Estonian gathering will showcase a number of possible Oscar contenders for 2015

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to screen 19 possible Best Foreign-language Film contenders
Corn Island by George Ovashvili

The 2014 edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will screen 19 of the films put forward for Best Foreign-language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards. This year will see the 18th edition of the festival kick off on 14 November.

Highlights include Corn Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile
]
, the Georgian film that won the Crystal Globe at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Hungarian movie White God [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
film profile
]
, which picked up the Un Certain Regard Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Swedish nominee Force Majeure (Turist) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Award; and Rocks in My Pockets [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Signe Baumane
film profile
]
(screening at the Animated Dreams sub-festival), the Latvian animation that has proven to be a popular hit on the festival circuit.

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“It’s hard to predict which country’s film will win the Oscar, but the 19 nominees in our programme provide a great overview of the cinematic year 2014,” commented Tiina Lokk, director of the Black Nights Film Festival.

The Academy will announce the five official Foreign-language Oscar nominees in January 2015, and the award winner will be declared at the ceremony on 22 February. The winner of 2014 was the Italian-French co-production The Great Beauty [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Paolo Sorrentino
festival scope
film profile
]
, which also won the EurAsia Grand Prix at the 17th edition of Black Nights last year.

The International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) has designated Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as a non-specialised competitive festival. It is the 15th international film gathering to be inducted into that category by FIAPF. The most influential film festival in the north-eastern region of Europe takes place from 14-30 November, and tickets will be on sale from 7 November.

Nine of the Oscar candidates have been shown at last year’s Black Nights and/or in Estonian cinemas. The full list of the Foreign-language Oscar contenders in the festival programme is as follows:

Afghanistan: A Few Cubic Meters of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi
Argentina: Wild Tales [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Damián Szifrón
Australia: Charlie's Country, Rolf de Heer
Azerbaijan: Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu
Ethiopia: Difret, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Georgia: Corn Island, George Ovashvili
Iran: Today, Reza Mirkarimi
Iceland: Life in a Fishbowl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Baldvin Zophoníasson
Canada: Mommy, Xavier Dolan
South Korea: Sea Fog, Shim Sung-bo
Latvia: Rocks in My Pockets, Signe Baumane
France: Saint Laurent [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile
]
, Bertrand Bonello
Sweden: Force Majeure (Turist), Ruben Östlund
Germany: Beloved Sisters [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Dominik Graf
film profile
]
, Dominik Graf
Czech Republic: Fair Play [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Andrea Sedláčková
Chile: To Kill a Man [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Alejandro Fernández Almendras
Turkey: Winter Sleep [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
film profile
]
, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Hungary: White God, Kornél Mundruczó
Russia: Leviathan [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Andrey Zvyagintsev

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