Tallinn reveals its full Official Selection
by Vladan Petkovic
- After adding another 11 titles, the Estonian event's main competition strand now features 19 films, including ten European entries
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has rounded off its Official Selection by adding another 11 titles after the initial eight announced last week (see the news). In the newly unveiled group of films, five are European.
Rocking up straight after its world premiere at Thessaloniki, Still River [+see also:
film profile], the fifth feature by Greek director Angelos Frantzis (Symptoma, In the Woods [+see also:
film profile]), is a story about Anna and Petros, a Greek couple who recently moved to an industrial town in Siberia and are shocked to discover that Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. The film is a co-production between Greece, France and Latvia.
Another film dealing with pregnancy, but in a very different, humorous way, is The Story of a Summer Lover [+see also:
film profile] by Romania's Paul Negoescu (Two Lottery Tickets [+see also:
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile], Never Let It Go). The story is about a maths professor in the midst of a mid-life crisis who is about to leave his girlfriend, but whose plans change when he finds out that she is pregnant. The movie first screened at the Transilvania Film Festival in June this year.
Sunburn, the fifth feature by Portugal's Vicente Alves do Ó (Al Berto [+see also:
interview: Vicente Alves do Ó
film profile]), set to have its world premiere at Tallinn, is set in an upmarket rental villa on a hot summer’s day, where four friends are waiting for a fifth, who has had an unforgettable emotional impact on all of them in the past.
Polish filmmaker Adrian Panek is coming to Tallinn with his second film, Werewolf [+see also:
film profile], which recently landed him the Best Directing Award at Gdinya. It's a World War II thriller about eight children who have escaped from a concentration camp and are hiding in a secluded villa to avoid the bloodthirsty hounds that have been released by the SS officers before their retreat.
Two Men in Suits, the second directorial effort by Germany's Josef Bierbichler, best known as an actor (The White Ribbon [+see also:
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile]), is set in Bavaria in the summer of 1984, where an embittered father and his estranged son are staying behind at the funeral of their wife and mother after the guests have left. In an attempt to reconnect with his son, the father tells him his life story and his perspective on the life-changing events in German history that he has witnessed.
Another five of the titles announced hail from Asia: Asandhimitta by Sri Lanka's Asoka Handagama, the UAE-US co-production AWAKEN by Tom Lowe, Kadakh by India's Rajat Kapoor, Sheeple by Iran's Hooman Seyedi, and Winter's Night by Korean filmmaker Woo-jin Jang.
Wrapping up the selection is the Australian production Slam, directed by Indian-born Partho Sen-Gupta.
Here is the full list of titles in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Official Selection:
Asandhimitta - Asoka Handagama (Sri Lanka)
A Shelter Among the Clouds [+see also:
film profile] - Robert Budina (Albania)
A Place to Live - Bernard Émond (Canada)
AWAKEN - Tom Lowe (United Arab Emirates/USA)
Bad Poems - Gábor Reisz (Hungary)
Kadakh - Rajat Kapoor (India)
Sheeple - Hooman Seyedi (Iran)
Slam - Partho Sen-Gupta (Australia)
Still River [+see also:
film profile] - Angelos Frantzis (Greece/France/Latvia)
Sunburn - Vicente Alves do Ó (Portugal)
The Guest - Hadi Elbagoury (Egypt)
The Human Part - Juha Lehtola (Finland)
The Story of a Summer Lover [+see also:
film profile] - Paul Negoescu (Romania)
Two Fridas - Ishtar Yasin (Costa Rica)
Two Men in Suits - Josef Bierbichler (Germany)
Until We Fall - Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm (Denmark)
Wandering Girl - Rubén Mendoza (Colombia/France)
Werewolf [+see also:
film profile] - Adrian Panek (Poland)
Winter’s Night - Woo-jin Jang (South Korea)
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