'Night Accident' Wins Grand Prix at Tallinn Black Nights Film Fest

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Ju-hyoung Lee was tapped as best director for 'Pokeulein (Excavator).'

Tunku Kyrsyk (Night Accident) by Kyrgyz director Temirbek Birnazarov was awarded the Grand Prix of the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Estonian capital.

The pic centers on an old man who plans to kill someone who broke up his family and destroyed his life. However, on his way to do the deed, the old man has an accident, hitting a girl on the road, and that event changes his life.

Best director honors went to South Korea's Ju-hyoung Lee for Pokeulein (Excavator), the story of a former paratrooper who works as an excavator driver, suppressing his traumatic memories from the past.

Erik Põllumaa and Ivar Taim were named best DPs for their work on Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari (The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow), directed by Sulev Keedus and co-produced by Estonia and Lithuania.

Baris Bicakci and Pelin Esmer took home up the best screenplay award for the Turkey/France/Netherlands/Germany co-production Ise Yarar Bir Sey (Something Useful), directed by Pelin Esmer.

Barbara Auer was tapped as best actress for her role in the Switzerland/Germany effort Vakuum (Vacuum), directed by Christine Repond.

Rhys Ifans, star of the U.S. pic Dominion, which was directed by Steven Bernstein, collected best actor honors.

1000 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben (Different Kinds of Rain) from German director Isabel Prahl won the first feature competition.