TALLINN: The Italian debut The Great Beauty directed by Paolo Sorrentino was awarded the main prize of the EurAsia international competition at the 17 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held 15 November-1 December.
Of Horses and Men directed by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson won the Tridens Competition for feature debuts from Baltic Sea and Nordic countries.
The award for best Estonian film went to the Estonian Georgian coproduction Tangerines directed by Zaza Urushadze which also won the International Film Clubs Award. The 90-minute drama, which was shot in Georgia as well as Estonia, was produced by Ivo Felt for Allfilm and Urushadze. The film received grants from the Georgian National Film Center and the Estonian Film Fund.
The film is set in an Estonian settlement in Abkhazia in the 1990's, during the fight for succession from Georgia. The story focuses on the owner of a tangerine plantation who unwittingly ends up with enemy soldiers in his home.
Special guest, Hungary’s Oscar winning director Istvan Szabo, was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the festival.
List of Prize Winners
EurAsia International Competition
The Great Beauty directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
Koji Fukada for Au revoir l’été (Japan)
Bergsteinn Björgulfsson for Of Horses and Men
Maksim Sukhanov for his role in The Role directed by Konstantin Lopushansky (Russia)
Juliette Binoche for her role in Camille Claudel 1915 directed by Bruno Dumont(France).
Special Jury Prize ex-aqueo
Stray Dogs directed by Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan)
Paradjanov directed by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova (Ukraine)
Tridens Competition for feature debuts from Baltic Sea and Nordic countries
Of Horses and Men directed by by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland)
Best Estonian Film
Tangerines directed by Zaza Urushadze (Estonia, Georgia)
Produced by Allfilm
Supported by Georgian National Film Centre and Estonian Film Institute.
Special prize for the most original story
Intimate Parts directed by Natasha Merkulova, Alexey Chupov (Russia)
The international film critics FIPRESCI AWARD
Of Horses and Men
North American film Competition
La Jaula De Oro directed by Diego Quemada-Díez (Mexico)
International Film Clubs Award
Circles directed by Srdan Golubovic (Germany, France, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia) Production: Film House Bas Celik, Coproduction: Propeler Film Vertigo /Emotionfilm Supported by Croatian Audiovisual Center and Slovenian Film Agency Audience Award
The Broken Circle Breakdown directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivalis one of the largest and most distinctive film events in the Northern Europe featuring three full competitions and sub-festivals, along with an industry program and coproduction market. Industry@Tallinn is a set of film industry oriented events during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival organised by both the Black Nights Film Festival and Baltic Event.