Le festival Black Nights de Tallinn complète sa sélection Compétition premiers films
par Marta Bałaga
- Le Festival Black Nights de Tallinn a ajouté à sa sélection Compétition premiers films dix nouveaux titres, dont huit seront présentés à l'événement estonien en première internationale
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Topping off the list of already announced titles – including Matías Ganz’s A Dog’s Death, Park Hee-kwon’s Dust and Ashes, Jure Pavlović’s Mater, Looted by Rene Pannevis, Lorni - The Flaneur by Wanphrang Diengdoh, Saul at Night by Cory Santilli as well as The Names of the Flowers by Bahman Tavoosi and Bernardo Barreto’s The Seeker – the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has completed the selection of its First Feature Competition section. It’s one that, as Cineuropa finds out, embodies the festival’s mission to “discover emerging creative voices from all over the world, offering them a first launchpad and help to gain international recognition” – as well as a €5,000 grant, to be shared by the director and producer of the title named Best Film.
Isaac by Lithuanian director Jurgis Matulevičius will celebrate its world premiere, diving into the darkness of 20th-century history with its focus on a political activist called Andrius Gluosnis, who kills the title character during the infamous Lietūkis Garage Massacre in 1941. “We wanted to comprehend the everyday life of the post-war Soviet era and to better understand our parents, grandparents and the whole society of that time,” says the director. “However, the ideas of the film should be relevant to any historical period, as Isaac is about the constant fight within the human being, with himself and his environment.” In turn, in Tomorrow We Are Free, Hossein Pourseifi (who himself was only four when his family moved to Germany) will go all the way back to 1979, showing a woman from East Germany following her husband to Tehran in the wake of the Islamic Revolution. Another bout of time travelling will be provided by Stories From the Chestnut Woods [+lire aussi :
fiche film], coming to Tallinn from Toronto, with director Gregor Božič returning to the world of his childhood on the border of Italy and Slovenia while telling the story of an old carpenter and a chestnut seller, sharing their memories while making decisions that could have an impact on their future in the world after World War II.
Italy’s Emanuela Rossi will switch things up with her “fairy tale for grown-up children” called Darkness, about a teenage girl living with her father and two younger sisters in a remote, isolated house, which she is told not to leave under any circumstances. Fantasy and realism will also walk hand in hand in Dathaí Keane’s Finky, loosely inspired by Pádraic Ó Conaire’s novel Deoraíocht, which sees a musician, crippled in an accident, suddenly recruited by an avant-garde circus. “The story of Finky is structured around a psychological exploration of guilt, and the search for forgiveness and redemption. Finky is punishing himself for his sins; will he be able to forgive himself and move on?” explains the director to Cineuropa. “He is a complex character – full of rage, yearning, loss and hope. He is neither a hero nor a villain. His journey is similar to that of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and he embarks on a twisted odyssey over the rainbow. It’s a feverish and frenetic opera of the street: Finky’s not in Kansas any more.” Another unusual protagonist will come courtesy of Elisa Mishto’s Stay Still [+lire aussi :
fiche film], a portrait of an acid-tongued mental patient, known for seducing men and setting things on fire. That is, until she meets a nurse, and a full-blown rebellion ensues.
Soroush Sehat will talk about life while addressing the ever-difficult subject of death in Dance With Me, with a group of old friends meeting up for a birthday only to receive some difficult news. Tricky topics will also be dealt with in Zoltán Nagy’s debut, On the Quiet, where a teenage boy – a lead violinist in his conservatory’s orchestra – learns something unpleasant about a veteran conductor he has been treating as a father figure. Complicated tensions find their way into Obscure as well, with Kunlin Wang presenting the journey of a boy who discovers a sexual relationship between two people he has been looking up to. Finally, Poland’s Bartosz Kruhlik will show Supernova [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – a mixture of different genres concentrating on a few hours in the life of a rural community, affected by an accident. “The participation of Supernova in the debut competition at the Black Nights Film Festival is a great joy for us and for the whole team,” Kruhlik tells Cineuropa. “I am very happy because it will be our first encounter with a foreign audience, already at an ‘A’ festival. We are a ‘young’ film, and the Tallinn Film Festival is still a fairly young event. I hope that something interesting will come out of the combination of these two energies.”
Here is the full line-up of the First Feature Competition:
Looted - Rene Pannevis (UK)
Mater - Jure Pavlović (Croatia/Serbia/France/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A Dog’s Death - Matías Ganz (Uruguay/France/Argentina)
Lorni - The Flaneur - Wanphrang Diengdoh (India)
Saul at Night - Cory Santilli (USA)
The Seeker - Bernardo Barreto (Brazil)
Dust and Ashes - Park Hee-kwon (South Korea)
The Names of the Flowers - Bahman Tavoosi (Bolivia/Qatar/USA/Canada)
Dance With Me - Soroush Sehat (Iran)
Darkness - Emanuela Rossi (Italy)
Finky - Dathai Keane (Ireland)
On the Quiet - Zoltán Nagy (Hungary)
Isaac - Jurgis Matulevičius (Lithuania/Poland)
Obscure - Kunlin Wang (USA/China)
Stay Still [+lire aussi :
fiche film] - Elisa Mishto (Germany)
Stories From the Chestnut Woods [+lire aussi :
fiche film] - Gregor Božič (Slovenia/Italy/Germany)
Supernova [+lire aussi :
fiche film] - Bartosz Kruhlik (Poland)
Tomorrow We Are Free - Hossein Pourseifi (Germany)
(Traduit de l'anglais)
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