Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival celebrates its 22nd edition in 2018, running from November 16 to December 2.

This year the festival opened with the world premiere of Tom Lowe's Awaken.

The event also hosts the following sub-festivals:

Just Film - Children's films and youth films. POFF Shorts - Short films

The 2019 festival will run from November 15 to December 1.

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Black Nights Latest Reviews

Birds Of Passage
Birds Of Passage
Story of a family who become involved with the drugs trade.
Knife + Heart
Knife + Heart
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald... then one of her actors is brutally murdered.
Styx
Styx
A storm in the middle of the ocean, a boat full of refugees that is about to sink and a woman all by herself...
Ága
Ága
As an elderly couple who live in the traditions of their ancestors face the possibility of one of them dying, will the survivor be able to reconnect with their daughter?
Anna's War
Anna's War
A little girl survives a Nazi mass execution and hides in the disused chimney and struggles to survive.
Carmine Street Guitars
Carmine Street Guitars
A shop resisting gentrification.
Sunset
Sunset
A young wannabe milliner in Budapest meets a man connected to her past and begins to uncover family secrets.
Everybody Knows
Everybody Knows
Secrets resurface after a woman returns to her family's village for a wedding.
Deep Rivers
Deep Rivers
A stark landscape, unforgiving surroundings, gruelling work, and intense conflicts within the family circle – a vicious circle, the burden of which is only accentuated by the return of the youngest brother, who is to take the place of his sick father in this family of lumberjacks.
The Elephant And The Butterfly
The Elephant And The Butterfly
When her babysitter doesn’t show, a single mother is forced to leave her precocious five-year-old daughter with the girl’s estranged father for a long weekend.
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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Features

Resonances beyond
László Nemes on fairy tales, Murnau's Sunrise, and Sunset (Napszállta)
Innocent and ominous
László Nemes on TS Eliot, caves of darkness and the innocent and ominous in Sunset
The lives of others
Nadine Labaki on Capernaum and the way the refugee crisis affects children
Tallinn Film Festival: Day Five
The Wild Fields, Foam At The Mouth, Fire Lily and Keep An Eye Out
Tallinn Film Festival: Day Four
Slam and Potential Victim
Tallinn Film Festival: Day Three
As I Fall and Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Tallinn Film Festival: Day Two
Lorik, Erased, Deep Rivers and The World Is Yours
Tallinn Film Festival: Day One
Capsule reviews of Between Covers and Yung
Keeping it real
Matt Tyrnauer on Valentino Garavani, Citizen Jane, Michael Jackson and Studio 54
Rhapsody in red
Peter Strickland on dreaming through films and In Fabric
The end of an era
Matt Tyrnauer on his new documentary about Studio 54
Playing favourites
Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Tony McNamara on The Favourite
All fired up
Director Sameh Zoabi on politics and comedy in his satire Tel Aviv On Fire.
Keeping up appearances
Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses
Race against time
Finlay Pretsell on cycling, David Millar and Time Trial
How Cruz and Bardem split life and work
Farhadi wrote Cannes opener roles with couple in mind
Putting island in doc
Gabrielle Brady on the challenges of shooting Island Of The Hungry Ghosts

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival News

Tallinn loves Wandering Girl
Rubén Mendoza takes top prize at festival.
Tallinn inaugurates Lifetime Achievement Award
Liv Ullmann to be first recipient
Black Nights announces focus programme
Selection to celebrate country's shared centenary
Tallinn completes First Feature Competition line-up
Twelve titles added from 11 countries
Tallinn completes Official Section
19 international films to compete in total
First Feature Competition titles announced by Tallinn
Seven titles include four world premieres
Tallinn announces first competition titles
Seven of the eight are world premieres
Awaken to open Tallinn
Tom Lowe's debut has Black Nights premiere
News

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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