Lev shaket (A Quiet Heart) by Israeli director Eitan Anner collected the Grand Prix at the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Estonian capital.
The movie focuses on Naomi, a young classically trained pianist who embodies victims of religious extremism and intolerance. The film’s star, Ania Bukstein, was named best actress.
The best director award went to Iran’s Narges Abyar for Nafas (Breath), which centers on a young girl nicknamed Scruffy.
Gints Berzins received best cinematography honors for his work on Melanijas hronika (The Chronicles of Melanie), a Latvia, Czech Republic and Finland co-production directed by Viestur Kairish.
Igor Cobileanski took home the best screenplay prize for the Romania/Lithuania/Moldova co-production Afacerea Est (Eastern Business), which he also directed. The film’s leads, Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Puscasu, shared the best actor award.
Duet from Iranian director Navid Danesh won the first feature competition. Special mentions went to Reza a Lenda (Holy Biker) by Brazil’s Homero Olivetto and Colombian helmer Augusto Sandino’s Suave el aliento (Gentle Breath), which also collected the FIPRESCI Award.
Ema (Mother) by Kadri Kousaar was tapped as the best Estonian film.