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BLACK NIGHTS 2020 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects

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- 18 films in production or post-production will be presented at the online Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in November

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects
Kalev by Ove Musting

Taking place online this year, from 23-27 November, the industry sidebar of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, is still set to showcase a decent batch of Baltic and Finnish projects. The ones being presented in the International Works in Progress categories will compete for the Post Production Award from Helsinki-based post-production house Post Control (worth €10,000), while the Baltic Event Works in Progress Award will come with €3,000. These prizes are due to be handed out by jurors Isabel Ivars-Sancho, Ilaria Gomarasca and Nikolaj Nikitin.

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Maria Ulfsak, project manager for Baltic Event Works in Progress, commented: “The projects in the Baltic Event Works in Progress selection this year are very different, from a €3 million historical adventure film to smaller, edgier and more experimental projects. This shows the rude health of the regional film industry: very different films are in production and post-production, and even though the virus has affected us all, the future looks bright. Hopefully, we can all meet in person in wintry Tallinn next year.”

The Baltic Event Works in Progress selection will welcome the sports drama Kalev by Ove Musting as well as Melchior the Apothecary, directed by Elmo Nüganen – taking place in medieval Tallinn, it will revolve around an apothecary who helps the sick but who also attempts to solve murders. Stanislavs Tokalovs will bring along Lovable, and in Neon Spring by Matīss Kaža, a twenty-something girl starts to question her sexuality. In I Am Fine, Thanks, Ernestas Jankauskas will take a look at life after rehab, and Feature Film About Life by Dovilė Šarutytė shows a girl who, after her father passes away, decides to organise his funeral herself. Finally, Finland's Aino Suni will show A Girl’s Room, about an aspiring teenage rapper moving to the South of France and becoming smitten with her new stepsister.

The International Works in Progress section will host seven projects, starting with Shahar Rozen's Ducks, Urban Legend. The psychological drama The Anger, directed by Maria Ivanova Z, will be followed by Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko's first feature, Carol of the Bells, while Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, from the Dominican Republic, will present A Film About Couples.

With Russia chosen as the country in focus, three projects from that nation will be joining the International Works in Progress line-up. They are Nuuccha, Vladimir Munkuev's first feature, First Snow by Nathalia Konchalovsky and Zemun by Eduard Zholnin.

For the second time, projects in the children’s and youth film category will also be given some attention, competing for the Just Film Award (to the tune of €1,000) intended to cover promotion and publicity costs. They include A Butterfly's Heart by Inesa Kurklietytė, Estonian helmer Jaak Kilmi's The Sleeping Beast, This Is My Moment – a creative documentary by Lieven Corthouts – and New Wonder, directed by Alexandra Strelyanaya, another “Focus on Russia” representative.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will take place online from 23-27 November 2020.

Here is the full list of selected projects:

Baltic Event Works in Progress

Kalev - Ove Musting (Estonia)
Melchior The Apothecary - Elmo Nüganen (Estonia/Latvia/Germany)
Lovable - Staņislavs Tokalovs (Latvia/Estonia)
Neon Spring - Matīss Kaža (Latvia)
I Am Fine, Thanks - Ernestas Jankauskas (Lithuania)
Feature Film About Life - Dovilė Šarutytė (Lithuania)
A Girl’s Room - Aino Suni (Finland/Germany)

International Works in Progress

Carol of the Bells - Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko (Ukraine/Poland)
Ducks, Urban Legend - Shahar Rozen (Israel)
The Anger - Maria Ivanova Z (Lebanon/Germany)
Nuuccha - Vladimir Munkuev (Russia)
First Snow - Nathalia Konchalovsky (Russia)
Zemun - Eduard Zholnin (Russia)
A Film About Couples - Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada (Dominican Republic)

Just Film Works in Progress

A Butterfly's Heart - Inesa Kurklietytė (Lithuania)
The Sleeping Beast - Jaak Kilmi (Estonia/Latvia)
This Is My Moment - Lieven Corthouts (Belgium/Netherlands/France)
New Wonder - Alexandra Strelyanaya (Russia)

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