Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to Open with Tom Lowe's 'Awaken'

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It took six years of shooting across 35 countries to make the film, which is still shrouded in mystery.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Awaken, the feature debut of Tom Lowe.

"We hope to electrify the nation of Estonia on November the 16th with the world premiere of Awaken, a film six years in the making," Lowe said in a press release. "It would be impossible to find a more perfect festival for this debut. The plurality of locations and actors in our film are Estonian. I fell in love with Estonia through a camera lens and across time."

"It is a great honor to present the world premiere of an endeavor of such epic proportions," said Tiina Lokk, director of Black Nights Film Festival. "The adventurous spirit of this kind of filmmaking is in a wonderful sync with the spirit of our festival and the fact that parts of it were filmed in Estonia will certainly add a warm feeling of recognition for our audience."

Academy Award nominee Terrence Malick and experimental cinema legend Godfrey Reggio are executive producers of the United Arab Emirates/U.S. co-production. Lowe served as second-unit director for Malick on Voyage of Time and Reggio on Visitors.

Awaken, a film still shrouded in mystery, is expected to be a daring technological feat and an immersive journey through human cultures and natural landscapes, studying man's relationship with technology and the natural world.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is to run in the Estonian capital from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2.