Black Nights Film Festival Set for November 12 in Estonia

Holy Motors

This year’s wild card: a French auteur film about time traveling and parallel lives with plenty of SFX and a cast including Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes.

MOSCOW -- The 16th edition of the Black Nights international film festival will kick off on November 12 in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

“This year, we [are introducing] a new competition program, Tridens Herring, where feature debuts from the Baltic Sea region are presented,” Helmut Jänes, the festival's programmer, told The Hollywood Reporter. “So, plenty of new talent are to be discovered.”

He also noticed that attendance has been on the rise over the last few years. “Last year’s record-breaking [figure] of over 73,000 placed us among the most visited Nordic festivals,” he commented.

According to Jänes, the festival's focus this year is going to be on Greek cinema, while a special program is to be devoted to Japan’s Nikkatsu studio to mark its 100th anniversary.

The festival is to host the world premiere of the Lithuanian film Christmas. Uncensored, directed by Maris Martinsons, in the Panorama section, as well as European premieres of I’m Flash by Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda and Achal: The Stagnant, directed by India’s Bikramjit Gupta.

The highlights of the official competition Eurasia include Izmena (Betrayal) by Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov, Everyday by British director Michael Winterbottom, the German/French/Austrian co-production Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith), directed by Ulrich Seidl, and Kolka Cool by Latvia’s Juris Poskus.

Among the festival’s other notable sections are to be the documentary program Docs@PÖFF; Nordic Lights, focused on Scandinavian films, and a retrospective of films by Greek director Theo Angelopoulos.

The festival’s industry section is to feature the Baltic Event film and co-production market and the Black Market Industry Screenings, which are to run on November 26 through 28.

Holy Motorsby France’s Leos Carax is to be the festival’s opening night film and Ken LoachThe Angels' Share wil close the festival.

The festival’s awards are to be handed out at a closing ceremony on November 27.