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BLACK NIGHTS 2022 First Feature Competition

Tallinn Black Nights announces its First Feature Competition line-up

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- The Estonian festival promises a rich, diverse programme comprising 20 debut features, with ten world and eight international premieres

Tallinn Black Nights announces its First Feature Competition line-up
The Land Within by Fisnik Maxville

Yesterday, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announced the full line-up of its First Feature Competition. The upcoming edition of the gathering will unspool from 11-27 November in the capital and in Tartu, the country’s second-largest city.

In detail, this year’s selection includes ten world premieres and eight international ones, with two of the latter screening out of competition. The festival will show 20 debuts and promises to deliver “a diverse, global programme that is of a consistently high artistic standard, but also surprises and delights with fresh insight and perspective”.

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Festival director Tiina Lokk said: “Every year, I look at the programme we have assembled and feel we’ve taken a huge step forward as a festival. It’s an unfortunate reality of working at this level that we always have too many good films to squeeze them all into our competitions. What that does mean is that the new voices we have selected for this year’s First Feature section are truly special. We can’t wait to introduce these films to the world.”

Among the world premieres of European title sare Zuzana Piussi’s The Unbalanced [+see also:
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(Czech Republic/Slovakia), described as “a socio-political drama edging into tragicomedy, focused on a divorcee single mum”; Fisnik Maxville’s The Land Within [+see also:
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interview: Fisnik Maxville
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(Switzerland/Kosovo), which digs deep into a very dark subject (namely, the exhumation of a Balkan mass grave), unravelling the familial clues and secrets uncovered within; and Titas LauciusParade [+see also:
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(Lithuania), which zooms in on divorced exes who, after reuniting many years after the fact, find themselves closer than they ever had been before.

Meanwhile, the festival will host the much-anticipated international premieres of European pictures such as Neil Maskell’s Klokkenluider [+see also:
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(UK), which revolves around a whistleblower Brit and his outspoken Flemish wife who are in hiding, tensely awaiting the arrival of the journalist who will tell all; Erika Calmeyer’s Storm [+see also:
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(Norway), a tale that questions whether the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter can overcome anything; and Katharina Woll’s Everybody Wants to Be Loved [+see also:
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interview: Katharina Woll
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(Germany), presented as “a deeply truthful tragicomic tale of a psychologist who needs one herself”.

The full festival programmes will be announced at the start of November.

Here is the list of the titles announced for the First Feature Competition:

First Features – in competition

Amar ColonySiddharth Chauhan (India)
The Unbalanced [+see also:
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Zuzana Piussi (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Pelican [+see also:
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interview: Filip Heraković
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Filip Heraković (Croatia)
The AccidentBruno Carboni (Brazil)
The Land Within [+see also:
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interview: Fisnik Maxville
film profile
]
Fisnik Maxville (Switzerland/Kosovo)
The Man Without Guilt [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Gergolet
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Ivan Gergolet (Slovenia/Italy/Croatia)
Parade [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Titas Laucius
film profile
]
Titas Laucius (Lithuania)
Upon Entry [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alejandro Rojas and Juan Se…
film profile
]
Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián Vásquez (Spain)
The Other Widow [+see also:
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Maayan Rypp (Israel/France)
Amusia [+see also:
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Marescotti Ruspoli (Italy)
Klokkenluider [+see also:
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Neil Maskell (UK)
The HatcherGrzegorz Molda (Poland)
Punch – Welby Ings (New Zealand)
Everybody Wants to Be Loved [+see also:
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interview: Katharina Woll
film profile
]
Katharina Woll (Germany)
Double LifeEnen Yo (Japan)
Until Branches BendSophie Jarvis (Canada)
The Other ChildKim Jing-young-IV (South Korea)
Storm [+see also:
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Erika Calmeyer (Norway)

First Features – out of competition

Phi 1.618 [+see also:
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Theodore Ushev (Bulgaria/Canada)
BarrenMordechai Vardi (Israel)

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