– The Estonian rally, which will take place from November 12 to 28, announced its juries and completed its selections

Mr. Landsbergis by Sergei Loznitsa

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced the members of the jury for its 25th edition, which will take place from November 12 to 28.

The official selection jury will be chaired by the Irish-British producer and EFA president Mike Downey. His jurors will be filmmakers Francois Annan (United Kingdom), director Nisan Dag (Turkey), artistic director Eugene Tamberg (Estonia), composer Teoniki Rożynek (Poland), actor-filmmaker Ulrich thomsen (Denmark) and producer Piret Tibbo Hudgins (Estonia).

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The jury for the first feature film, led by the Guatemalan director Jayro bustamante, will see the participation of the filmmaker Elfar Adalstein (Iceland), director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh), producer and sales agent Paul Thiltges (Luxembourg), and editor Haydeh Safi-Yari (Iran).

In addition, the festival announced that the cash prize of its Grand Prix has doubled this year to € 20,000 and the People’s Prize has increased to € 5,000.

The festival also unveiled its full lineup. The rally announced new titles that will join films previously revealed in the Official Selection, Debut Feature, Baltic Competition and Rebels with a Cause programs, as well as members of its juries.

In detail, the Baltic Competition will be enriched by the presence of Sergei Loznitsa‘s Mr. Landsbergis, which dives into Lithuania’s ‘singing revolution’, and is expected to join the lineup after its world premiere at IDFA. The titles previously announced in the Baltic Competition are Vaino Vahing’s Journal, the new film from Estonia Rainer Sarnet after its success in 2017 November [+see also:
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, Manfred Vainokivi‘s The best of Salieri (Estonia), Ivar murd‘s uQ (Estonia), Uģis Olte‘s Upurga (Latvia) and Emilis VėlyvisThe generation of evil [+see also:
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(Lithuania), which will have all their world premieres, as well as Houses, the new film by veteran Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina, Laurynas Bareisawinner of Venice Orizzonti Pilgrims [+see also:
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(Lithuania), Andrius Bla??evičius‘Entrance to Karlovy Vary Runner [+see also:
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(Lithuania / Czech Republic), Davis simanis‘IFFR-selected The year before the war [+see also:
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(Latvia / Lithuania / Czech Republic), Algimantas Puipais screened in Warsaw Cinephilia (Lithuania), Kaupo Kruusiauk‘s Sandra gets a job (Estonia) and the collective film Tell me (Estonia / Jordan).

Festival director Tiina Lokk said: “We are delighted to welcome the works of so many fantastic filmmakers to PÖFF this year. Not everything is back to normal, but at least this new normal has a lot of wonderful movies in it. We are eternally grateful to all the filmmakers whose films we have considered. This year’s lineup truly represents the great diversity and true quality that auteur cinema offers, with fantastic films from all over the world, from masters and beginners alike.

This year’s edition will feature a total of 179 feature films, 244 short films through its PÖFF Shorts component and 18 series through its dedicated TV Beats initiative. The program includes 34 world premieres, 32 international premieres and 11 European premieres. Ticket sales open today, November 5.

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