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BLACK NIGHTS 2017

Black Nights rounds off its Official Selection

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- With the announcement of ten new films, the Baltic gathering has completed the list of the 18 movies that will be competing for the Grand Prix

Black Nights rounds off its Official Selection
La vida lliure by Marc Recha

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has completed its Official Selection line-up, announcing ten new titles that will compete for the Grand Prix and one that will be taking part out of competition. The first part of the Official Selection was announced on 20 September (see the news), and the 21st edition of the festival runs from 14 November-3 December.

Three European films will enjoy their world premieres in Tallinn: renowned Italian director Pasquale Scimeca’s new film, The Ball [+see also:
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trailer
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]
; Spanish filmmaker Marc Recha’s La vida lliure [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marc Recha
film profile
]
; and Christine Repond’s sophomore feature, Vacuum [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christine Repond
film profile
]
, from Switzerland.

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The former Soviet states are represented by Kyrgyzstani director Temirbek Birnazarov, who is participating with his third feature, Night Accident, and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Tykhyy, with his second feature, The Gateway [+see also:
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]
, both having their world premieres. Finally, the Turkish-French-Dutch-German co-production Something Useful [+see also:
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interview: Pelin Esmer
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]
is Pelin Esmer’s third feature and will enjoy its international premiere in Estonia.

In total, ten movies in the competition will have their world, seven their international and one its European premiere. Tiina Lokk, festival director and head of programme, states: “What we have on our hands is quite a kaleidoscope of genres, ranging from drama to thriller and horror to comedy. It is likely to generate disputes on the quality and spark debate, and this is what I feel cinema should do: generate discussion, about both the art of film and the world in general.”

Here is the complete list of Official Selection films at the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival:

Children of the Fall [+see also:
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 - Eitan Gafny (Israel)
Dominion - Steven Bernstein (USA)
La vida lliure [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marc Recha
film profile
]
 - Marc Recha (Spain/France)
Newly Single - Adam Christian Clark (USA)
Night Accident - Temirbek Birnazarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Something Useful [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pelin Esmer
film profile
]
 - Pelin Esmer (Turkey/France/Netherlands/Germany)
The Ball [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Pasquale Scimeca (Italy)
The Contestant - Carlos Osuna (Colombia)
The Gateway [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Volodymyr Tykhyy (Ukraine)
Vacuum [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christine Repond
film profile
]
 - Christine Repond (Switzerland)
A Thought of Ecstasy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - RP Kahl (Germany/USA/Switzerland)
Asphyxia - Fereydoun Jeyrani (Iran)
Bangzi Melody - Dasheng Zheng (China)
Granny - Devashish Makhija (India)
Little Tito [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paola Randi
film profile
]
 - Paola Randi (Italy)
The Eternal Road [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antti-Jussi Annila
film profile
]
 - AJ Annila (Finland/Estonia/Sweden)
The Manslayer. The Virgin. The Shadow [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rea Lest
film profile
]
 - Sulev Keedus (Estonia)
Excavator - Lee Ju-Hyoung (South Korea)

Out of Competition

Anarchist from the Colony - Lee Joon-ik (South Korea)

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