'Kontora' Wins Grand Prix at Tallinn Black Nights Film Fest

Kontora - H 2019

Jun Robles Jana ('Kalel') was tapped as best director.

Kontora, a Japanese film directed, produced and written by Anshul Chauhan, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Estonian capital.

The film, which centers on the difficult relationship of a single father and his teenage daughter in a state of economic distress, was also recognized for best music.

Best director honors went to Jun Robles Jana for Kalel, 15, a portrait of a Manila teenager who gets the news that he has HIV and is forced to deal with the gradual falling apart of his family.

The best actress award went to Alina Serban for her role in Gipsy Queen, an Austria-Germany co-production directed by Hüseyin Tabak.

Clavan Clerking collected the best actor prize for his role in the U.K. thriller Muscle, which was helmed by Gerard Johnson.

Israeli dramedy Golden Voices, which centers on two Russian Jewish voice émigré actors in Jerusalem in the early 1990s, picked up the best script award for writer-director Evgeny Ruman and co-writer Ziv Berkovich, as well as the NETPAC award.

Narges Abyar's When the Moon Was Full earned the audience award.

The festival's lifetime achievement honors went to Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky and Estonian filmmaker and sound director Enn Säde.