Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

View other Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Films by strand: #Trending, Baltic Film Competition, Doc@PÖFF, Estonian Olympic Committee Sports Film Programme, First Feature Competition, Fresh Currents, In Focus: Sizzling Arabia, Just Film Youth Competition, Just Film: Children, Just Film: Children's Rights, Just Film: Doc@Just, Just Film: Science 360, Just Film: Youth, Midnight Shivers, MMF Arvo Pärt Centre film, New German Cinema, Rebels With A Cause, Screen International Critics' Choice, Signatures, Special Screenings

The Coldest Game (Country: Poland; Year: 2019; Director: Lukasz Kosmicki; Writer: Lukasz Kosmicki, Marcel Sawicki; Stars: Bill Pullman, Lotte Verbeek, James Bloor, Robert Wieckiewicz, Aleksey Serebryakov, Corey Johnson, Nicholas Farrell, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Cezary Kosinski, Aleksandr Lobanov, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Magdalena Boczarska, Andy Beckwith, John Benfield, Ludwik Borkowski)
Playing a major chess match in Warsaw against the Russian champion, brilliant but forgotten former US champion, and alcoholic, Josh Mansky is sucked into the world of espionage.
Coming Home Again (Country: US, South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Wayne Wang; Stars: Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, Leesa Kim, Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, Leesa Kim)
A man who left home years before, finds himself returning to the other side of America to take care of his ailing mother.
Dead Volume (Volume Morto) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Kauê Telloli; Writer: Kauê Telloli; Stars: Fernanda Vasconcellos, Júlia Rabello, Fernanda Viacava, Daniel Infantini, Fernanda Vasconcellos, Júlia Rabello, Fernanda Viacava, Daniel Infantini)
A young teacher finds herself heading into trouble after trying to investigate the behaviour of a silent boy in her class.
Drowsy City (Thành Phố Ngủ Gật) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2019; Director: Dung Luong Dinh; Writer: Dung Luong Dinh)
A young man who slaughters chickens for a living finds his trouble brewing when three strange gangsters come to hide in the abandoned building where he is living, bringing violence and a young prostitute with them.
Fiela's Child (Fiela Se Kind) (Country: South Africa; Year: 2019; Director: Brett Michael Innes; Writer: Brett Michael Innes, Dalene Matthee; Stars: Drikus Volschenk, Zenobia Kloppers, Melissa Willering, Cindy Swanepoel, Wayne Smith, Leighman Marshall, Gerald Steyn, Morne Steyn, Carla Classen, Ivar Thomson, Mateo Olivier, André Stolz, Luca Bornman, Wim Beukes, Elton Landrew)
A black woman takes in a little white boys she finds... until the authorities discover what has happened during a census nine years later.
The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues) (Country: Kosovo; Year: 2019; Director: Fatos Berisha; Writer: Fatos Berisha; Stars: Velibor Topic, May-Linda Kosumovic, Tristan Halilaj, Luan Jaha, Bislim Muçaj, Refet Abazi, Shkumbin Istrefi, Rita Gjeka, Romir Zalla, Rifat Smani, Armend Smajli, Afrim Muçaj, Shpetim Selmani, Armond Morina, Dibran Tahiri)
On the verge of war in Kosovo, a theatre group's comedy is shut down but after they get an invite from neighbouring Albania, they decide to risk the danger of trying to cross the border.
Gipsy Queen (Country: Germany, Austria; Year: 2019; Director: Hüseyin Tabak; Writer: Hüseyin Tabak; Stars: Alina Serban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova, Catrin Striebeck, Sarah Carcamo Vallejos, Aslan Yilmaz Tabak, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Sergiu Costache, Sorin Mihai, Jürgen Blin, Brian Al Amin, Katharina Behrens, Virgil Constantin, Yüsa Durak, Anja Herden)
A Roma woman, who was the Roma Gypsy Queen, returns to boxing after becoming disillusioned with her life.
Girl With No Mouth (Country: Turkey; Year: 2019; Director: Can Evrenol; Writer: Can Evrenol, Kutay Ucun; Stars: Denizhan Akbaba, Elif Sevinç, Özgür Civelek, Kaan Alpdayi, Sermet Yesil, Mehmet Yilmaz Ak, Özay Fecht)
Family survivalist adventure in post-apocalyptic Turkey.
Golden Voices (Country: Israel; Year: 2019; Director: Evgeny Ruman; Writer: Ziv Berkovich, Evgeny Ruman; Stars: Maria Belkin, Vladimir Friedman, Evelin Hagoel, Uri Klauzner, Alexander Senderovich, Maria Belkin, Vladimir Friedman, Evelin Hagoel, Uri Klauzner, Alexander Senderovich)
Story of Victor and Raya Frenkel - the golden voices of Soviet film dubbing - who emigrated to Israel with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Gutterbee (Country: Denmark; Year: 2019; Director: Ulrich Thomsen; Writer: Ulrich Thomsen, Dan Hoffmann; Stars: Holly Adams, Ewen Bremner, W. Earl Brown, Samantha Conrad, Trudy Cordova, LynNita Ellis, Christopher Hagen, Joshua Harto, Adam Lewis Harvey, David Hight, Stephanie Hill, Chance Kelly, Bonita King, Brad Lund, Lucinda Marker)
Two hopeless cowboys join forces in a quest to serve delicious German sausages as a special dish in newly opened restaurant.
In The Strange Pursuit Of Laura Durand (Country: Greece; Year: 2019; Director: Dimitris Bavellas; Writer: Dimitris Bavellas, Katerina Kleitsioti; Stars: Makis Papadimitriou, Mihalis Sarantis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Danis Katranidis, Yvonni Maltezou)
A pair of bandmates, obsessed with a porn star from the Nineties, find themselves on an unexpected journey round Greece.
Kalel, 15 (Country: Philippines; Year: 2019; Director: Jun Robles Jana; Writer: Jun Robles Jana; Stars: Eddie Garcia,jaclyn Jose,elijah Canlas,elora Espano,gabby Padilla)
A teenager with HIV struggles after his mother runs off with a secret lover.
Kontora (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Anshul Chauhan; Writer: Anshul Chauhan; Stars: Seira Kojima, Wan Marui, Takuzo Shimizu, Taichi Yamada, Hidemasa Mase, Seira Kojima, Wan Marui, Takuzo Shimizu, Taichi Yamada, Hidemasa Mase)
A schoolgirl who lives with her father searches for treasure courtesy of her grandad's diary but could a homeless man who wanders into town help her rebuild her relationship with her dad.
Lost Lotus (Country: Hong Kong, The Netherlands; Year: 2019; Director: Liu Shu; Writer: Liu Shu; Stars: Yan Wensi, Zhao Xuan)
After her mother his killed in a hit-and-run, a woman seeks both spiritual solace... and the culprit.
Malpaso (Country: Dominican Republic; Year: 2019; Director: Héctor Valdez; Writer: Jose Ramon Alama, David Maler, José A. Paxtor, Héctor Valdez, Ángel de la Cruz; Stars: Ettore D'Alessandro, Pepe Sierra, Vicente Santos, James Saintil, Marie Michelle Bazile, Luis Bryan Mesa, Ariel Diaz, Peter Jean Baptiste, Brainy Serrano, Wigberto Deschamps, John Nuel Estevez, Ettore D'Alessandro, Pepe Sierra, Vicente Santos, James Saintil)
Twins - one of whom is an albino - live with their grandfather but when the old man dies, things take a turn for the worse.
Man From Beirut (Blind) (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Christoph Gampl; Writer: Christoph Gampl, Boris Naujoks; Stars: Kida Khodr Ramadan, Blerim Destani, Susanne Wuest, James Biberi, Dunja Ramadan, Frederick Lau, Veysel Gelin, Misel Maticevic, Lucas Gregorowicz, Xhevdet Jashari, Rigels Rajku, Jasmin Shakeri, Karim Günes, Melissa Anna Schmidt, Nikolaus Buchholz)
A blind hitman tries to survive after his latest job leaves him emotionally compromised.
Marionette (Marioneta) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: Arturo Arango, Álvaro Curiel de Icaza; Writer: Álvaro Curiel de Icaza; Stars: Rafael Ernesto Hernandez, Fátima Molina, Juan Manuel Bernal, Patricia Reyes Spíndola)
An actor begins to teach a group of fellow artists to work on the streets after a chance encounter.
Monster (Country: Ireland; Year: 2019; Director: Tom Sullivan; Writer: Tom Sullivan; Stars: Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney, Eoin O'Dubhghaill, Dudura O'Gionnáin, Michael O'Chonfhlaola, Siobhán O'Kelly, Eimear Ní Mháille, Seán T. Ó Meallaigh, Conal O'Céidigh, Michael McElhatton, Elaine O'Dwyer, Elise Brennan, Paraic Breathnach, Peter Coonan)
In 1845, a fisherman ends up on the run for crimes he didn't commit.
Muscle (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Gerard Johnson; Writer: Gerard Johnson; Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Polly Maberly, Sinead Matthews, Lorraine Burroughs, Peter Ferdinando, Cavan Clerkin, Mark Stobbart, Niall Greig Fulton, Gordon Brown, Ali Cook, Alfie Dobson, Mark Mooney, Damian Edward Shanahan, Amanda Dryden Walker, Paul Fitzpatrick)
A directionless call centre salesman gets more than he bargained for when he joins a local gym
Through Black Glass (Skvoz Cherone Steklo) (Country: Russia; Year: 2019; Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy; Writer: Konstantin Lopushanskiy; Stars: Mariya Kleshnina, Mariya Kleshnina)
An unknown benefactor promises to pay for a hugely expensive operation which would restore eyesight to a blind orphan. There is just one condition: the girl has to marry the benefactor.
When The Moon Was Full (Country: Iran; Year: 2019; Director: Narges Abyar; Writer: Narges Abyar, Morteza Esfahani; Stars: Elnaz Shakerdust, Hootan Shakiba, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Pedram Sharifi, Shabnam Moghadami, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Armin Rahimian, Amin Miri, Elnaz Shakerdust, Hootan Shakiba, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Pedram Sharifi, Shabnam Moghadami, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Armin Rahimian)
What begins as a love story takes a turn after marriage for a woman who meets a man at a market.
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

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

Abertoir
Horror returns to the hills - and the valleys - for another year

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
International film festival with a particular focus on Eurasian cinema

Made In Prague
Czech film showcase

DOC NYC
Celebration of documentary film

French Film Festival
27th edition of the celebration of French-language film

In the Archive


Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.