Tallinn Black Nights Festival Unveils Main Competition Lineup

Tallinn Estonia H 2015
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Tallinn Estonia H 2015

The event in the Estonian capital will see 12 movies competing for its main prize.

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of its main international competition, which, alongside the previously announced debut competition, will make up this edition's official program.

For the first time in the fest's 20-year history, all 12 titles on the slate will be either world or international premieres.

The Estonian festival will host the world premiere of Grammes (Lines) by Greek director Vassilis Mazomenos, a modern-day Greek tragedy, focused on seven individuals crushed by the economic crisis in the country.

Among the highlights of the main slate are also the Romanian movie Afacerea Est (Eastern Business), directed by Igor Cobileanski, the Italian-French co-production Sette Giorni (Seven Days), directed by Rolando Colla, and Die Habenichtse (The Have-Nots) by Germany's Florian Hoffmeister.

The festival's main competition will open with Dama Pik (Queen of Spades) by Russian director Pavel Lungin, the winner of the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film is focused on a once-famous opera singer who returns to Moscow after living outside Russia for years to stage the opera Queen of Spades, which once brought her international fame.The festival will run Nov. 11-27.