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Black Nights announces first competition titles

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- The Estonian festival has unveiled its first competitions since being accredited by FIAPF as a non-specialised competitive festival

Black Nights announces first competition titles
In the Crosswind by Martti Helde

The 18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, running from 14-30 November, has announced its first competitions, featuring a selection of North American and European titles.

The festival’s North American Film competition focuses on films from the USA and Canada, and will include the international premiere of Allure (directed by Vladan Nikolic), a movie that examines the plight of five women. The jury for the North American competition will include Judy Ahn (South Korea), Yohann Comte (France) and Kristjan Kongo (Estonia).

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The Tridens Baltic Sea and Nordic Debut Film competition will see Tridens award a grant of €5,000 to a film, with the best cinematographer receiving €1,000. The ten titles will include recent Latvian horror movie The Man in the Orange Jacket [+see also:
film review
interview: Aik Karapetian
interview: Roberts Vinovskis
film profile
]
 (directed by Aik Karapetian) and Estonia’s own Cherry Tobacco [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (directed by Andres Maimik and Katrin Maimik), which premiered at this year’s Karlovy Vary. The jury will include Dr Martin Botha (South Africa), Zaza Urushadze (Georgia) – the director of the popular Estonian-Georgian co-production Tangerines [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – and Anu Veermäe-Kaldra (Estonia).

The best Estonian feature film will be awarded a grant of €3,200 by Tridens. The festival will also give out the first Best Young Estonian Actor Award, named after Estonian-Polish film actor and singer Bruno Oja. “The grant for the best young actor was the initiative of the legendary Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski. The Bruno Oja Foundation will give out the award annually from now on,” said Tiina Lokk, director of Black Nights.

The international competition programme of the 18th Black Nights Film Festival will be announced at the beginning of November. 

The full list of competing titles is as follows:

North American Film competition:
Allure (USA, Vladan Nikolic)
Cold in July [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (USA, Jim Mickle)
Felix and Meira (Canada, Maxime Giroux)
I Origins (USA, Mike Cahill)
Mommy (Canada, Xavier Dolan)
Obvious Child (USA, Gillian Robespierre)
Spring (USA, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead)
Tu dors Nicole (Canada, Stephane Lafleur)
Whiplash (USA, Damien Chazelle)
Wild (USA, Jean Marc Vallee)

Tridens Baltic Sea and Nordic Debut Film competition:
Inbetween Worlds [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Feo Aladag
film profile
]
 (Germany, Feo Aladag)
Domino Effect [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 (Poland-Germany, Elwira Niewira and Pjotr Rosolowski)
Cherry Tobacco (Estonia, Andres Maimik and Katrin Maimik)
Amnesia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (Norway, Nini Bull Robsahm)
Life in a Fishbowl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (Iceland-Czech Republic, Baldvin Zophoníasson)
Name Me (Russia, Nigina Sayoffalaejeva)
The Man in the Orange Jacket (Latvia, Aik Karapetian)
The Quiet Roar [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 (Sweden-Norway, Henrik Hellström)
They Have Escaped [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: J-P Valkeapää
film profile
]
 (Finland, Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää)
When Animals Dream [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jonas Alexander Arnby
film profile
]
 (Denmark, Jonas Alexander Arnby

Estonian Film Award:
In the Crosswind [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Martti Helde
interview: Martti Helde
film profile
]
 (Estonia, Martti Helde)
Cherry Tobacco (Estonia, Andres Maimik and Katrin Maimik)
I Won't Come Back (Estonia-Russia-Kazakhstan-Finland-Belarus, Ilmar Raag)
Väikelinna detektiivid ja Valge Daami saladus (Estonia, Rene Vilbre)
Landscape with Many Moons (Estonia, Jaan Toomik

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