Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival soars with its 27th edition
19.11.2023 - 09:49
Every November, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival embraces the cold of the coming winter, Estonia’s capital shining bright in the darkness of night, showcasing the latest the Baltics and beyond can offer. Each year, for over two weeks, the annual festival, now in its 27th year, offers up hundreds of features and shorts presenting them to both the international press and the cinema-going public. Nearly ten years ago, the festival was awarded A-class status, which puts it alongside the likes of Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, and San Sebastian. For the past few years, we’ve been invited along to sample its many delights.This year, the festival played host to 185 feature films from 73 different countries, including 51 world premieres and 24 international premieres, distributed among 5 competitive programmes and 14 side programmes.
Launching on 3rd November, the festival’s 2023 event kicked off in style with an opening ceremony at the Alexela Concert Hall in the heart of the city. The ceremony kicked off with a stunning visual arts presentation; Murals, a nine-minute short of British artist Banksy’s work following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Impactful and solemn, the project was concluded by an immediate silence, followed by rapturous applause throughout the packed hall.
This was followed by composer and musician Rein Rannap, a Tallinn native, who was presented with the festival’s highest honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Then it was onto the opening film. Serbian filmmaker Dragan Bjelogrlic presented his latest work, Guardians of the Formula, a feature based on real events, set in the late 1950s at the height of the Cold War.
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