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The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which is set to run Nov. 17-Dec. 3 in the Estonian Capital, has announced the lineup of its First Feature Competition.
“It has less of the youthful bravado than previous years, being more mature and balanced,” fest director Tiina Lokk said Thursday in a press release. “Although we have managed to get great debuts every year, I believe the program as a whole has made a qualitative step forward.”
Among the highlights of the First Feature Competition is Bingo from Brazilian editor-turned-director Daniel Rezenda. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the man who played the most successful clown in television history, but with a hefty psychological toll. Bingo is Brazil’s submission in the best foreign-language Oscar race.
Other notable films in the competition are Summer Children, a personal coming-of-age story set in the 1970s by Icelandic writer-director Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir; Secret Ingredient, a black comedy critical of Eastern European “cowboy capitalism” from Macedonian helmer Gjorce Staverski; and Different Kinds of Rain, a portrait of a family sliding gradually into disarray from German filmmaker Isabel Prahl.
The First Feature Competition will also include Buddha.mov by Kabir Mehta, Driver by Yehonatan Indursky, Goodbye, Grandpa! by Yukihiro Morigaki, Home by Kim Jong-woo, Nearest and Dearest by Ksenia Zueva, Neurotic Quest for Serenity by Paulinho Caruso and Teodoro Poppovic, Resurrection by Kristof Hoornaert, Sunbeat by Clara Laperrousaz and Laura Laperrousaz, The Faithful Son by Guérin van de Vorst, The Heat After The Rain by Cristóbal Serrá Jorquera, The Marriage by Blerta Zeqiri and The Seagull by Erkan Tunç.
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