The awards of the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival are presented at the Award Ceremony of the festival held in the Russian Theatre in the evening of the 2nd of December.
Dennis Davidson, Zeynep Atakan, Graziano Diana, Ivo Felt, Zygmunt Krauze, Naoko Ogigami, Laila Pakalnina
for the Best Film (Grant of 10,000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
Night Accident / Tunku Kyrsyk Director: Temirbek BirnazarovCountry: KyrgyzstanYear: 2017
Captured our hearts with its simple, yet immersive story of a man who has been tortured by life’s travails. The accident gives him a rich opportunity to lighten his being and distracts him from an even darker journey and he takes it with both hands.
Best Director Best Director (Grant of 5000 Euros) Ju-hyoung Lee Excavator / PokeuleinCountry: South KoreaYear: 2017
For asking a simple but heartfelt question of the military and politicians, which no-one wants to answer. Using his excavator, the protagonist seeks to uncover the truth in a strong and important film, with simple means of expression.
Best CinematographyBest Cinematography (Grant of 1000 Euros) Erik Põllumaa, Ivar Taim
The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow / Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari Director: Sulev KeedusCountries: Estonia, LithuaniaYear: 2017
"For the mastery in creating the haunting and skillful visual imagery of the three distinct chapters in which the film consists."
Best Script Baris Bicakci, Pelin Esmer Something Useful / Ise Yarar Bir SeyDirector: Pelin EsmerCountries: Turkey, France, Netherlands, GermanyYear: 2017
For the human sensibility and the capacity to turn a train trip to Anatolia into a compelling tale of poetry and grief, mutual comprehension and healing.
Best Actress Barbara Auer Vacuum / VakuumDirector: Christine RepondCountries: Switzerland, GermanyYear: 2017
Barbara Auer uses her beauty to emphasise the horror of a wife and mother whose very existence is challenged by the actions of her husband. Her portrayal is heartrending as we ask the question how secure are we in our own lives?
Best Actor Rhys Ifans DominionDirector: Steven BernsteinCountry: United StatesYear: 2017
Rhys Ifans delivers an unswerving master class in acting as he brings the challenging character of Dylan Thomas. He dominates the screen throughout and brings Dylan’s charisma and power sharply into focus.
Best Music Martynas Bialobžeskis The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow / Mehetapja / Süütu / VariDirector: Sulev KeedusCountries: Estonia, LithuaniaYear: 2017
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Eitan Anner, Aiste Diržiute, Takeo Hisamatsu, Fernando Loureiro, Tiina Mälberg, Guillaume de Seille
The Award for the Best First Feature(Grant of 5000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
Different Kinds of Rain /1000 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben Director: Isabel PrahlCountry: GermanyYear: 2017
Jury comment:For injecting new energy and a fresh approach into the portrayal of a family falling apart.
***Special Jury Prize for Directing Sunbeat / Soleil Battant Directors: Clara Laperrousaz, Laura LaperrousazCountries: France, PortugalYear: 2017
Jury comment:For a seductive and touching depiction of what it means to start over.
Special Jury Prize for the Ensemble of Cast
The Marriage / Martesa
Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Countries: Kosovo, AlbaniaYear: 2017
Jury comment:For a complex and gripping ensemble performance.
ESTONIAN FILM COMPETITION
The Estonian Film Competition is judged by the same jury as the First Feature Competition:Eitan Anner, Aiste Diržiute, Takeo Hisamatsu, Fernando Loureiro, Tiina Mälberg, Guillaume de Seille
Award for the Best Estonian FilmGrant of 3200 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer
Director: Rainer SarnetCountries: Estonia, Netherlands, PolandYear: 2017
For the film’s poetic expression of the human condition and the universal primal needs of people via the creation of a unique cinematic world.
NETWORK FOR THE PROMOTION OF ASIAN CINEMA (NETPAC) AWARD
Selecting the best Asian film of the festival among the two international competition programmes and the world and international premieres of the non-competitive programmes.
Jury members: Lekha Shankar, Keoprasith Souvannavong, Martti Helde
Winner: Goodbye, Grandpa! / Ojichan, shinjattatte! Director: Yukihiro MorigakiCountry: JapanYear: 2017
Jury comment:For its simple and moving portrayal of a loss, that heightens the complexities of a modern Japanese family. The debut-film has universal overtones, that touch one and all.
International Federation of Film Critics Jury selects the best film in the First Feature Competition
Kata Orsoloya Molnar, Kristin Aalen, Emilie Toomela
Winner: The Marriage / Martesa Director: Blerta ZeqiriCountries: Kosovo, AlbaniaYear: 2017
From short films to her first feature film, we find that the director has now composed a fully-fledged relationship drama about our longing for love whatever the sexual orientation may be. With her own personal signature and with incisive vision, the director demonstrates how we can unmindfully buy into the illusion of happiness, which is based on dishonesty to oneself and those closest to you. Vigourously and authentically set in a Kosovar and Albanian cinema tradition, the film seems like a manifestation for love between human beings, without the parade.
The audience's favourite film of the whole programme of the festival.
Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle Director: Mike van DiemCountries: Netherlands, Italy, CanadaYear: 2017
REBELS WITH A CAUSE AUDIENCE AWARD
Audience's favourite film in the programme Rebels With A Cause. The Wild Boys / Les garçons sauvages Director: Bertrand MandicoCountry: FranceYear: 2017