TALLINN: With less than three months to put together an international competition programme, after FIAPF accredited the Black Nights Film Festival, held 18-30 november 2014, as the 15th member of its most select category (non-specialized competitive), festival director Tiina Lokk was under the gun to expand the festival’s traditional EurAsia competition.
“It was a lot of work,” Lokk told FNE. But at least one competition spot was an easy fill. The Estonian masterpiece In the Crosswind directed by Martti Helde, a monumental undertaking that breaks boundaries in film storytelling, won three awards: Best Cinematographer for Erik Põllumaa, the Estonian Film Award and the FICC Don Quixote Award.
The Grand Prix went to Lucifer by the Belgian director Gust van den Berghe and the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Polish actress Maja Komorowska. Other awards were distributed across a wide selection of films, including a Best Actor award to British wunderkind Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, and the Best Director prize to Marat Sarulu for the Kyrgyzstan film Move.
The festival continues to be a growing meeting point for the Northern European film industry, but there were numerous examples of its future intentions, including a large North American presence at the festival’s industry section. South America will get a boost in the coming years. Lokk told FNE she had just met with her newest hire, festival consultant and Latin American specialist Tom Davia. “We will see the results in two or three years,” she added.
Here is the list of winners:
Lucifer (Belgium)Directed by Gust van den Berghe
Erik PõllumaaIn the Crosswind (Estonia)Directed by Martti HeldeProduction: Allfilm
Marat SaruluMove (Kyrgyzstan)
Angels of Revolution (Russia)Directed by Alexey Fedorchenko
Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything (UK)Directed byJames Marsh
Kalki KoechlinMargarita, with a Straw (India)Directed by Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar
Best Debut Film of the Nordic Baltic Region
Life in a Fishbowl (Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic)Directed by Baldvin ZophoníassonProduction: Axman Production
Name Me (Russia)Directed by Nigina Sayfullaeva
The Quiet Roar (Sweden, Norway)Directed by Henrik Hellstrom
Estonian Film AwardIn the Crosswind
North American Competition
Mommy by (Canada)Directed by Xavier Dolan
Today (Iran)Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
FICCDon Quixote Award
In The Crosswind
MoveDirected by Marat Sarulu
Ecumenical Jury Award
What We Do in the Shadows (New Zealand)Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Sleepwalkers Grand Prix
Ivan’s Day (Estonia)Ivan Pavljutsenko
Animated Dreams Grand Prix
Worst-case Scenario (Estonia)Directed by Kristjan Holm