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Highlights of the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
13 November 2015
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The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival starts today, and, for 16 days will show a total of 227 feature films from 79 countries in main programme, and 38 World and International Premieres.  

This year’s an adventurous Main Competition with a varied mix of genres from urban tragicomedy to historical drama. The line-up is showcasing 18 films from 21 countries - seven of them being world premieres, four international and seven European premieres. Orizont by Marian Crisan, The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and his Son by Iglika Triffonova and the Bulgarian co-production The Paradise Suite by Joost van Ginkel are the three titles from the region competing. 

Orizont by Marian Crisan

On Tallinn΄s other main attractions, the Tridens First Features competition has selected 14 world and international premieres from diverse regions for 2015, while the out-of-competition Panorama section includes 55 films that have been deemed worthy of highlighting at festivals all over the world. The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic, Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari and Radu Jude΄s Aferim! feature among other Balkan co-productions. The Forum program will screen 44 films, including Father by Visar Morina, Motherland by Senem Tuzen and Laura Bispuri΄s Sworn Virgin

Deniz Gamze Erguven΄s Mustang will be screened in both Screen International Critics Choice and the LUX Film Prize programs, with the latter including the second Balkan contender, The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov. Two other titles from the region are being shown at the Animated Dreams section (The Magic Mountain by Anca Damian) and the Just Film section (The World is Mine by Nicolae Constantin Tanase). 

The festival΄s Industry@Tallinn section will host, among others, the Works in Progress section, which includes a range of films from often less-sought out countries, the European Film Forum Tallinn - #Digital Future for Film? public debate and showcase conference, the Sales Agents and Distributors Meeting Point which brings together companies to network, see new titles and do business, and the European Genre Forum development network and talent-lab for film professionals working in genre cinema. Industry at Tallinn has also programed industry screening for a number of works in project, most of them from the Baltic countries, the co-production market for feature films in development, including projects from Marian Crisan (Berliner - Romania), Stephan Komandarev (Compatibility - Bulgaria), Ruxandra Ghitescu (Otto the Barbarian – Romania) and Miha Knific (A Somewhat Better Ending – Croatia).

Motherland by Senem Tuzen

Region titles at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015:

Main Competition
Orizont by Marian Crisan (Romania, 2015)
The Paradise Suite by Joost van Ginkel (Netherlands/Sweden/Bulgaria, 2015)
The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and his Son by Iglika Triffonova (Bulgaria/Sweden/Netherlands, 2015)

Aferim! by Radu Jude (Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic, 2015)
Face Down by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/France/Belgium, 2015)
Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland/Denmark/Croatia, 2015)
The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic (Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia, 2015)
The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece/France/UK/Ireland/Netherlands, 2015)

Father by Visar Morina (Germany/Kosovo*/FYROM/France, 2015)
Motherland by Senem Tuzen (Turkey/Greece, 2015)
Panama by Pavle Vuckovic (Serbia, 2015)
Patria by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia, 2015)
Sworn Virgin by Laura Bispuri (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo*, 2015)

Screen International Critics Choice - LUX Film Prize
Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven (France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar, 2015)

LUX Film Prize
The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece, 2014)

Animated Dreams
The Magic Mountain by Anca Damian (Romania/France/Poland, 2015)

Just Film

Source: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival website
  The World is Mine
  The Lesson
  Sworn Virgin
  Corpse Collector
  The Lobster
  The High Sun
  The Magic Mountain
  Face Down
  Dalibor Matanic
  Kamen Kalev
  Radu Jude
  Athina-Rachel Tsangari
  Yorgos Lanthimos
  Marian Crisan
  Anca Damian
  Oleg Novkovic
  Stephan Komandarev
  Iglika Trifonova
  Nicolae Constantin Tanase
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Laura Bispuri
  Dimitar Dimitrov
  Pavle Vuckovic
  Deniz Gamze Erguven
  Visar Morina
  Senem Tuzen
  Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) - Till November 30
  Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) 2014 Awards
  Black Nights official website
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