TALLINN: The EurAsia main competition of the 17th Black Nights Film Festival running 15 November – 1 December 2013 encompasses European Cannes competitors and debuting Asian directors when the main festival and its satellite programmes take over the northern Baltic capital.
Estonian films get their moment in the spotlight, with the Georgian-Estonian coproduction Tangerines from Allfilm and the Estonian drama Living Images directed by Hardi Volmer from Exitfilm among the selections. The competition includes one world premiere (from Iran) and six international premieres, mostly from Asia.
The ambitious programme includes three more sub-festivals -- Just Film (Children’s and Youth FF) Animated Dreams (Animation FF) and Sleepwalkers (Students and Shorts FF) – as well as specials on cinema from Mexico and Armenia, and Arctic Inuit films from Canada.
Tallinn will be a magnet for film heavyweights attending the accompanying industry programme on 25-29 November. Highlights of the event will be signing of an agreement between Estonia and South Korea attended by a large South Korean delegation and the presentation of a new Japan-Estonia Partnership Award.
The festival, which opens with Canadian Oscar hopeful Gabrielle by Louise Archambault, will screen 255 full-length feature films representing 70 countries.
The 22 films screening in the main competition are:
Borgman, dir. Alex van Warmerdam (Netherlands)
The Great Beauty, dir. Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
Kami's Party, dir. Ali Ahmadzadeh (Iran)
Karnaval, dir. Can Kilcioglu (Turkey)
The Old Man, dir. Yermek Tursunov (Kazakhstan)
Taxi and Telephone, dir Ernest Abdyaparov (Kyrgyzstan)
Role, dir. Konstantin Lopushansky (Russia)
The Double, dir. Richard Ayoade (UK)
Tangerines, dir. Zaza Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia)
Living Images, dir. Hardi Volmer (Estonia)
Circles, dir. Srdan Golubovic (Serbia)
Paradjanov, dir. Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova (Ukraine)
We are the Best!, dir. Lukas Moodysson (Sweden)
The Hour of Lynx, dir. Soren Kragh-Jacobsen (Denmark)
I'm the Same, I'm Another, (Caroline Strubbe (Belgium)
Breakaway, dir. Ian Lorenos (Phillipines)
Thousand Times Good Night, dir. Erik Poppe (Norway)
Camille Claudel 1915, dir. Bruno Dumont (France)
Au revoir l'ete, dir. Koji Fukada (Japan)
Stray Dogs, dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan)
Trap Street, (Vivian Qu (China)
Arabani, dir. Adi Adwan, (Israel)