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BLACK NIGHTS 2015

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Tallinn Black Nights kicks off

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- The inaugural black carpet for the 2015 edition of the gathering was rolled out on Friday

Tallinn Black Nights kicks off
A moment of Black Nights' opening ceremony (©Black Nights/Pastakeda)

The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) opened at the weekend (Friday 13 November) with its inaugural black carpet and the restored 1929 satirical comedy My Grandmother, directed by Georgian actor, director and cartoonist Kote Mikaberidze. Accompanied by a live score from the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, the previously banned silent film satirising bureaucracy also kicked off the festival’s Georgian retrospective.

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With Estonia celebrating 2015 as the Year of Music, the BNFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to two renowned Estonian composers – Arvo Part and Veljo Tormis,who have given soul to cinema with their music over the years.

The Bruno O-Ya Tip.Off Award for actors went to Taavi Tonisson, artistic director and actor at Estonia’s renowned NUKU puppet theatre, and Sergo Vares, currently appearing in Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch,at the National Theatre in London.

After the opening night wrapped on Friday, the BNFF was, along with the rest of the world, shocked to hear of the Paris attacks. Festival director Tiina Lokk said, “Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival would like to extend its condolences and support to our friends in France. Our hearts go out to you, and we stand with you in solidarity.”

The Industry@Tallinn event launched last night with a reception co-presented with the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Commission. The Estonian-Netherlands co-production Rehepapp will be presented in a case study at the Baltic Event Co-production Market on Monday, along with a morning dedicated to exploring Baltic-US production possibilities through thematic industry panels and networking sessions.

As of Sunday, BNFF has 53 sold-out screenings so far, including competition titles Under the Sun [+see also:
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interview: Vitaly Mansky
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, Happy Hour [+see also:
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, The Find, Staying Alive [+see also:
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interview: Charlotte Blom
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, The Paradise Suite [+see also:
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and Ghost Mountaineer.

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