Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018

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I Think We're Alone Now I Think We're Alone Now
I Think We're Alone Now and Ray & Liz
Ala Changso (Ala Jiangse) (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Sonthar Gyal; Writer: Tashi Dawa, Sonthar Gyal; Stars: Yungdrung Gyal, Nyima Sungsung, Sechok Gyal, Jinpa, Guru Tsedan, Wenqing Zhang, Yungdrung Gyal, Nyima Sungsung, Sechok Gyal, Jinpa, Guru Tsedan, Wenqing Zhang)
Sonthar Gyal’s newest film traces a broken family’s pilgrimage to the Holy City of Lhasa.
European premiere
All The Gods In The Sky (Tous Les Dieux Du Ciel) (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Quarxx; Writer: Quarxx; Stars: Jean-Luc Couchard, Melanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont, Laurent Borel, Jean-Luc Couchard, Melanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont, Laurent Borel)
A factory worker whose sister was disfigured in childhood looks to otherworldly forces to liberate them both.
Bhonsle (Country: India; Year: 2018; Director: Devashish Makhija; Writer: Devashish Makhija, Sharanya Rajgopal, Mirat Trivedi; Stars: Aditya Agnihotri, Aditya Agnihotri, Manoj Bajpayee, Abhishek Banerjee, Krishna Bansal, Shardul Bharadwaj, Gauravansh, Chittaranjan Giri, Geeta Guha, Sagar Gujar, Mohd Iqbal, Rajendra Jadhav, Sunil Jadhav, Suhasini Jaishankar, Jairoop Jeevan)
A veteran policeman finds his superior attitude changing towards his lower class neighbours.
European premiere
Blind Spot (Blindsone) (Country: Norway; Year: 2018; Director: Tuva Novotny; Writer: Tuva Novotny; Stars: Pia Tjelta, Oddgeir Thune, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Per Frisch, Carl Munck, Nora Mathea Øien, Marianne Krogh, Ellen Heyerdahl, Hilde Linseth Stømer, Teodor Barsnes-Simonsen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta, Oddgeir Thune, Per Frisch, Carl Munck)
Real time drama about what happens when tragedy strikes a family.
The Bra (Country: Germany, Azerbaijan; Year: 2018; Director: Veit Helmer; Writer: Veit Helmer; Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Denis Lavant, Paz Vega, Chulpan Khamatova, Maia Morgenstern, Irmena Chichikova, Boryana Manoilova, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Denis Lavant, Paz Vega, Chulpan Khamatova, Maia Morgenstern, Irmena Chichikova, Boryana Manoilova)
After the train of a retiring driver snags a blue bra, he embarks on a quest to return the under garment.
Blind Spot Blind Spot
Blind Spot and Diamantino
Broken Island (La isla rota) (Country: Dominican Republic; Year: 2018; Director: Félix Germán; Writer: Félix Germán; Stars: Manny Perez, Algenis Perez Soto, Frank Perozo, Jean Jean, Dalisa Alegria, Alain Ortiz, Félix Germán, Micky Montilla, Luis Cruciel, Eugenia Azpurua, Dominique Telemaque, Gregory del Valle, Marie Michelle Bazile, Merionne Toussaint, Conrado Ortiz)
Guy, a Haitian boy escaping from poverty, eyewitnesses the assassination of his parents while crossing the Dominican border. Years later, he confronts the murderers.
World premiere
Chained For Life (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Aaron Schimberg; Writer: Aaron Schimberg; Stars: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick)
A starlet finds herself in unfamiliar territory when she appears in a film about disfigurement that features real disabled people.
Cutterhead (Country: Denmark; Year: 2018; Director: Rasmus Kloster Bro; Writer: Rasmus Kloster Bro, Mikkel Bak Sørensen; Stars: Rasmus Hammerich, Adrian Heili, Lilli Fernanda Kondrup, Kresimir Mikic, Samson Semere, Salvatore Striano, Christine Sønderris, Anders Nylander Thomsen, Rasmus Hammerich, Adrian Heili, Lilli Fernanda Kondrup, Kresimir Mikic, Samson Semere, Salvatore Striano, Christine Sønderris)
Rie is a PR-coordinator visiting a tunnel boring machine to portray the well-oiled European cooperation in the Metro construction when an accident suddenly occurs. Unable to escape, she takes refuge in an airlock with Croatian miner Ivo and Bharan, a worker from Eritrea. They must band together to survive.
Deep Rivers (Glyubokie Reki) (Country: Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Vladimir Bitokov; Writer: Vladimir Bitokov; Stars: Oleg Guseynov, Muhamed Sabiev, Tahir Teppeev, Rustam Muratov)
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.
Diamantino (Tristes Monroes) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2017; Director: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt; Writer: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt; Stars: Joana Barrios, Abílio Bejinha, Chico Chapas)
Diamantino was once the greatest football player in Portugal. Now, in the middle of the worst crisis of his life, he decides to fill his void by adopting a refugee boy.
Manta Ray Manta Ray
Manta Ray and Look At Me
Firecrackers (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Jasmin Mozaffari; Writer: Jasmin Mozaffari; Stars: Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, David Kingston, Tamara LeClair, Scott Cleland, Dylan Mask, Gabe Meacher, Robert Cormier, Tarick Glancy, Karleena Kelly, Devon Mary Doherty, Jorja Cadence, David Parisian, Matthew MacCallum)
Lou and her best friend Chantal plan to get out of their isolated, run-down town but when they embark on an act of revenge, the consequences are devastating.
Fortitude (Sabot) (Country: Uzbekistan; Year: 2018; Director: Rashid Malikov; Stars: Karim Mirkhadiev, Karim Mirkhadiev)
A father diagnosed with cancer finds himself on a race against time to reconnect with his estranged son.
The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Maxime Giroux; Writer: Simon Beaulieu, Maxime Giroux, Alexandre Laferrière; Stars: Martin Dubreuil, Mike Calchera, Buddy Duress, Romain Duris, Cody Fern, Sarah Gadon, Reda Kateb, Walter T. Radabagh, Lise Roy, Eden Sela, Soko, Luzer Twersky, Clinton Van Arnam, Martin Dubreuil, Mike Calchera)
While a world war rages, Philippe, a draft-dodger from Quebec, takes refuge in the American West, surviving by competing in Charlie Chaplin impersonation contests.
European premiere
Hamid (Country: India; Year: 2018; Director: Aijaz Khan; Writer: Ravinder Radhva; Stars: Talha Arshad Reshi, Vikas Kumar, Rasika Dugal, Sumit Kaul, Bashir Lone, Gurveer Singh, Ashraf Nagoo, Mir Sarwar, Qazi Faiz, Umar Adil, Gunjan Sinha, Talha Arshad Reshi, Vikas Kumar, Rasika Dugal, Sumit Kaul)
A boy whose father has gone missing finds himself lonely and neglected until he makes an unlikely phone call...
I Think We're Alone Now (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Reed Morano; Writer: Mike Makowsky; Stars: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning)
The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse – until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
Chained For Life Chained For Life
Chained For Life and Deep Rivers
Jinpa (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Pema Tseden; Writer: Pema Tseden; Stars: Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo)
Lajko: Gypsy In Space (Lajko: Cigány az ürben) (Country: Hungary, Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Balázs Lengyel; Writer: Balázs Lengyel, Balázs Lovas; Stars: Tamás Keresztes, József Gyabronka, Tibor Pálffy, Zétény Varga, Athina Papadimitriu, Nóra Trokán, Sergej Onopko, Anna Trokán, Gábor Máté, Andor Lukáts, Csaba Gosztonyi, Zoltán Rajkai, Ági Szirtes, Zsolt Trill, Tsogtsaikan Narantsogt A comma-separated list of actors)
A black comedy that allows us to learn that the first living being in space was not actually a dog called Lajka, but a Hungarian crop-sprayer by the name of Lajko.
Light As Feathers (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2018; Director: Rosanne Pel; Writer: Rosanne Pel; Stars: Erik Walny, Ewa Makula, Klaudia Przybylska, Erik Walny, Ewa Makula, Klaudia Przybylska)
15-year-old Eryk lives with his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in a small village in Poland. Eryk is in love with this 13-year-old neighbour, but doesn't know the difference between love and abuse.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Bi Gan; Writer: Bi Gan; Stars: Sylvia Chang, Chen Yongzhong Chen, Jue Huang)
A man is haunted by regret as the past and present weave together.
Look At Me (Fi 'Ainaya) (Country: Tunisia, France, Qatar; Year: 2018; Director: Néjib Belkadhi; Writer: Néjib Belkadhi; Stars: Nidhal Saadi, Sawssen Maalej, Nidhal Saadi, Sawssen Maalej)
Lotfi, 40, is forced to come back to Tunisia when his ex-wife is unexpectedly hospitalised. He is now in charge of his autistic son Amr, nine, who ignores the dad he has never known.
European premiere
The Bra The Bra
The Bra and Jinpa
Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu) (Country: Thailand, France, China; Year: 2018; Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng; Writer: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng; Stars: Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkamjad, Rasmee Wayrana, Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkamjad, Rasmee Wayrana)
A fisherman finds an injured refugee and tries to help him.
The Monkey And The Mouth (Adjø Montebello) (Country: Norway; Year: 2017; Director: Thea Hvistendahl; Writer: Magdi Omar Ytreeide Abdelmaguid, Thea Hvistendahl, Chirag Rashmikant Patel; Stars: Magdi Omar Ytreeide Abdelmaguid, Oda Felicia Bardal Sigstad Abdelmaguid, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Jonatan Blode, Tommy Hyving, Rolf-Christian Lie Loberg, Chirag Rashmikant Patel, Andreas Rand, Magdi Omar Ytreeide Abdelmaguid, Oda Felicia Bardal Sigstad Abdelmaguid, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Jonatan Blode, Tommy Hyving, Rolf-Christian Lie Loberg, Chirag Rashmikant Patel)
Concert film about rap duo Karpe that unites fiction with performance.
Pearl (Country: Switzerland, France; Year: 2018; Director: Elsa Amiel; Writer: Elsa Amiel, Laurent Larivière; Stars: Julia Föry, Peter Mullan, Vidal Arzoni, Arieh Worthalter, Agata Buzek, Julia Föry, Peter Mullan, Vidal Arzoni, Arieh Worthalter, Agata Buzek)
Drama set in the world of female bodybuilding.
Ray & Liz (Ray And Liz) (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Richard Billingham; Writer: Richard Billingham; Stars: Michelle Bonnard, Tony Way, Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Sam Gittins, James Eeles, Andrew Jefferson-Tierney, James Hinton, Michelle Bonnard, Tony Way, Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Sam Gittins, James Eeles, Andrew Jefferson-Tierney)
Drama about a dysfunctional family.
The River (Ozen) (Country: Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway; Year: 2018; Director: Emir Baigazin; Writer: Emir Baigazin; Stars: Zhalgas Klanov, Eric Tazabekov, Zhasulan Userbayev, Ruslan Userbayev)
Long Day's Journey Into Night Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Monkey And The Mouth
School Service (Country: Philippines; Year: 2018; Director: Louie Ignacio; Writer: Louie Ignacio, Rona Lean Sales, Rona Lean Sales; Stars: Ai-Ai Alas de las, Joel Lamangan, Joe Gruta, Therese Malvar, Felixia Crysten Dizon, Kevin Sagra, Kenken Nuyad, Santino Oquendo, Celine Juan, Ai-Ai Alas de las, Joel Lamangan, Joe Gruta, Therese Malvar, Felixia Crysten Dizon, Kevin Sagra)
A girl becomes a victim of a bus masquerading as an official school transport... and finds herself taken to Manila where she is forced to beg.
Sirens (Nixen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2018; Director: Katinka Narjes; Writer: Katinka Narjes; Stars: Odine Johne, Lucy Wirth, Emelie Harbrecht, Roland Bonjour)
Two sisters’ lives are in limbo. In their youth, Nene and Ava were a singing duo. Now there is a child, a job at a café, a boyfriend, and their mother, who is still critical of them. One sister secretly arranges a gig for both of them, and the other smashes her life to pieces because of a feeling.
International premiere
Tap Box (Song Lang) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2018; Director: Leon Le; Writer: Leon Le, Thi Minh Ngoc Nguyen; Stars: Kim Chi, Isaac, Vu T. Le Thi, Phuong Minh, Huynh Ngoc, Bao Chau Nguyen, Lien Binh Phat, Kim Phuong, Huu Quoc, Tu Quyen, Hoang Sang, Hong Sap, Kim Long Thach, Tu Thanh, Phuoc Tinh)
A gangster and an actor in an opera company discover they are soulmates.
Waiting On The Road (Beiço De Estrada) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2018; Director: Eliézer Rolim; Writer: Eliézer Rolim; Stars: Carlos Anisio E Rieg Rodig, Daniel Jessi)
Lives intersect at a roadside brothel.
International premiere
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