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BLACK NIGHTS 2020 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Tallinn's digital Baltic Event announces its selection


- A total of nineteen projects will be showcased at the Baltic Event Co-Production Market, which will be held online this year

Tallinn's digital Baltic Event announces its selection
Estonian writer-director Marko Raat, whose latest project 8 Views of Lake Biwa is selected at Baltic Event (© J. Samma/Allfilm)

The Baltic Event Co-Production Market is running this year from 25-26 November in an entirely digital format, as previously announced (read the news). The market will be showcasing 19 projects, welcoming for the first time works from Israel and the Philippines. For this edition, the official industry events of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event have Russia in Focus, hence the presence at the market of five projects from the country.

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The Baltic countries are represented by three film projects from experienced directors. Estonia, Baltic Event’s home country, is welcoming 8 Views of Lake Biwa, the new project by Marko Raat, produced by Oscar-nominated Ivo Felt and Dora Nedeczky for Tallin-based Allfilm and coming ten years after his last fiction film The Snow Queen. Tasty is the sophomore project from Lithuanian writer-director Eglė Vertelytė — whose debut Miracle [+see also:
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interview: Eglė Vertelytė
film profile
screened at over 50 festivals — produced by Lukas Trimonis for iN SCRiPT. Latvian director Dāvis Sīmanis (The Mover [+see also:
film profile
) is preparing another historical drama, Maria’s Silence, based on true events and produced by Gints Grūbe for Mistrus Media.

Three feature debuts are representing the Nordic Countries. From Sweden, Isabella Carbonell’s Dogborn follows two homeless Syrian refugee siblings who struggle to survive and enter the criminal world in hope of a better life, while Maria Eriksson-Hecht tackles drug addiction in her family drama Kevlar Soul. Finland’s Toni Kamula deals with the aftermath of moral dilemmas and blurred lines in war situations in Soldier.

Other highlights in Baltic Event’s selection come from South Eastern Europe. Apathy, the latest project from award-winning Greek filmmaker Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence [+see also:
film review
interview: Alexandros Avranas
film profile
), focuses on the syndromes faced by refugee children; Romanian director Mihai Mincan’s sophomore feature Milk Teeth tells the bleak story of the kidnapping and murder of a little girl, while Electric Sleep, the sophomore feature from Turkish filmmaker Zeynep Dadak (The Blue Wave [+see also:
film profile
) is a sci-fi film about a potential future.

This year, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award worth €20,000 will be handed out by a jury which comprises Renata Santoro, head of programming at Venice’s Giornate Degli Autori, Finnish producer Kaarle Aho (Making Movies), and scriptwriter Elena Kotova, the Eurimages representative in Czech Republic.

Here is the full list of participating projects at the 2020 Baltic Event Co-Production Market:

8 Views of Lake Biwa - Marko Raat (Estonia)
Producers: Ivo Felt, Dora Nedeczky (Allfilm)

Aliya - Dekel Berenson (Israel/Russia)
Producers: Marek Rozenbaum (Transfax Films), AR Content

Apathy - Alexandros Avranas (France)
Writers: Alexandros Avranas, Stavros Pamballis
Producers: Sylvie Pialat (Les films du Worso), Adeline Fontan Tessaur (Elle Driver)

Class A - Brian Durnin (Ireland)
Writer: Cara Loftus
Producer: Laura McNicholas (925 Productions)

Cold as Marble - Asif Rustamov (Azerbaijan/France)
Writer: Roelof-Jan Minneboo
Producer: Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions)

Dogborn - Isabella Carbonell (Sweden)
Producers: David Herdies, Farima Karimi, Erik Andersson (Momento Film)

Electric Sleep - Zeynep Dadak (Germany/Turkey)
Producer: Titus Kreyenberg (unafilm), Fenafilm

Kevlar Soul - Maria Eriksson-Hecht (Sweden)
Writer: Pelle Rådström
Producer: Ronny Fritsche (Zentropa Sweden)

Maria’s Silence - Dāvis Sīmanis (Latvia)
Producer: Gints Grūbe (Mistrus Media)

Milk Teeth - Mihai Mincan (Romania)
Producers: Ioana Lascar, Radu Stancu (deFilm)

Ninja from Manila - Miko Livelo (Philippines)
Producer: Alemberg Ang (vy/ac Productions)

Soldier - Toni Kamula (Finland)
Producer: Oskari Huttu (Lucy Loves Drama)

Tasty - Eglė Vertelytė (Lithuania)
Producer: Lukas Trimonis (iN SCRiPT)

Us, 15 - Anna Buryachkova (Ukraine)
Writers: Anna Buryachkova, Marina Stepanska
Producers: Natalia Libet, Vitaliy Sheremetiev (DGTL RLGN)

Focus on Russia

At the End of the World - Eduard Novikov (Russia)
Writer: Semyon Ermolaev
Producer: Sardana Savvina (Sardaana Films)

The Beilis Case - Andrey Proshkin (Russia)
Writer: Yuri Arabov
Producers: Alexander Vaynsheyn, Archil Gelovani, Marina Naumova (Garpastum Pictures)

The Land Named Sasha - Yulia Trofimova (Russia)
Producer: Katerina Mikhaylova (Vega Film)

The Summer Ends Soon - Yana Skopina (Russia/Kazakhstan)
Producers: Tamara Bogdanova, Yerkezhan Maksut, Anna Katchko (Kinokult)

White Road - Ella Manzheeva (Russia)
Producers: Elena Glikman (Telesto Film), Victoria Lupik (Anniko Films)

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