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FESTIVALS Estonia

Black Night screens 21 titles in EurAsia competition

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The 13th Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, the biggest film festival in the Baltic region, opens this Thursday, November 27, and will run through December 6. A total of 21 European titles are screening in the EurAsia main competition.

EurAsia is described by programme selector Jaan Ruus as a concentrated overview of the year’s trends from the EU’s eastern border, or “East-East of the West”. Films include this year’s Oscar nomination submissions from Poland (The Reverse [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agata Buzek - actress
interview: Borys Lankosz
film profile
]
), Finland (Letters to Father Jacob [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Israel (Ajami [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Kazakhstan (Kelin), as well as other festivals favourites such as Moon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(UK), Enter the Void [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(France) and Brotherhood [+see also:
film review
trailer
Interview Nicolo Donato [IT]
interview: Nicolo Donato
film profile
]
(Denmark).

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This year’s EurAsia international jury comprises actor Rain Tolk (Estonia), producer Aleksandr Rodniansky (Russia), directors André Gago (Portugal) and Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand), composer Xavier Capellas (Spain), Swiss Films representative Francine Brücher, and actress Anu Lamp (Estonia).

Black Night’s second biggest section, the Tridens Baltic Feature Film Competition, will screen nine titles, including six from Estonia, such as Oscar nomination hopeful December Heat; the award-winning documentary Disco and Atomic War [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; and children’s film Buratino, Son of Pinocchio.

Also in the programme are two films from Lithuania (Ignas MiškinisLow Lights [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Oscar submission Vortex by Gytis Lukšas) and one from Latvia (Andis MizissThe Hunt). According to festival director Tiina Lokk, however, choosing films from these territories was a complicated task because the recession had an impact both on the quantity and quality of submitted titles. “No doubt it will be even harder next year as there is simply not enough money for making films – in Estonia as well,” she added.

Other highlights of the festival include a Special Focus on Portuguese cinema and a Nordic lights section with 11 recent films from the Nordic region. The parallel industry gathering, Baltic Event, will unspool from November 29-December 2.

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