14th Tallinn International Film Festival Black Nights Kicks Off

Estonian capital to become European Capital of Culture and host of forthcoming European Film Awards


MOSCOW -- The 14th edition of the Tallinn International Film Festival Black Nights is to kick off in the Estonian capital on Nov. 24, focused primarily on European cinema.

Although fare from different parts of the world is to be featured, the main focus is on European film.

"With 2011 seeing Tallinn become the European Capital of Culture and the European Film Awards [scheduled to be held in Tallinn] on Dec. 4th, we're particularly proud of the great European films in the program," Tiina Lokk, the festival's director, told The Hollywood Reporter.

"There are also some great retrospectives focusing on Europe, including a massive program of Finnish cinema and [that of] 1960s cinema from Czechoslovakia."

According to Lokk, the presence of films by established auteurs like Abbas Kiarostami and Jerzy Skolomowski alongside those made by new talent makes this year's selection diverse and interesting for different types of audiences.

Among the highlights of the program are Skolimowski's political thriller Essential Killing co-produced by Poland, Norway, Ireland and Hungary and starring Vincent Gallo, Kiarostami's drama Copie Conforme (Certified Copy) featuring Juliette Binoche and co-produced by France, Italy and Iran, and the high-profile Estonian movie The Temptation of St. Tony by Veiko Ounpuu.

The festival's awards are to be handed out at the closing ceremony on Dec. 5.

Two important industry events, the Baltic Event film and co-production market and the Black Market Industry Screenings are to be held Dec. 1 to 4.