Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

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Advantages Of Travelling By Train (Ventajas de viajar en tren) (Country: Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Aritz Moreno; Writer: Javier Gullón, Antonio Orejudo Utrilla; Stars: Javier Botet, Luis Tosar, Belén Cuesta, Macarena García, Quim Gutiérrez, Daniel Horvath, Ernesto Alterio, Pilar Castro, Gilbert Melki, Ramón Barea, Alberto San Juan, Javier Godino, Iñigo Aranburu, Stéphanie Magnin Vella, Javier Botet)
Helga Pato is approached during a train journey by a psychiatrist, who tells her about one of his patients and the picturesque stories of those around him.
The Adventures Of Sukran The Lame (Topal Şükran'ın Maceraları) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2019; Director: Onur Ünlü; Stars: Demet Evgar, Serhat Mustafa Kiliç, Halil Babür, Ayse Melike Çerçi, Bora Akkas)
Story about a girl who is crippled as a child but remains persistent in the face of absurdity.
Out of competition
Atlantis (Country: Ukraine; Year: 2019; Director: Valentyn Vasyanovych; Stars: Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka, Vasyl Antoniak)
In a near-future war-torn Ukraine a man with PTSD takes a volunteer job exhuming the dead.
Out of competition
Bad Honey (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Gilson Vargas; Writer: Matheus Borges, Diones Camargo, Gilson Vargas; Stars: Renata de Lélis, Rafael Franskowiak, Martina Fröhlich, Samuel Reginatto, João Pedro Prates, Thais Petzhold, Andressa Matos, Janaína Pellizzon, Renata de Lélis, Rafael Franskowiak, Martina Fröhlich, Samuel Reginatto, João Pedro Prates, Thais Petzhold, Andressa Matos)
During the Second World War a group of German immigrants try to live under the radar in Brazil, but the curiosity of the younger generation begins a cycle of violence.
Cat Sticks (Country: India; Year: 2019; Director: Ronny Sen; Writer: Ronny Sen, Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas; Stars: Tanmay Dhanania, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Sumeet Thakur, Rahul Dutta, Saurabh Saraswat, Kalpan Mitra, Soumyajit Makumdar, Sreejita Mitra, Sounak Kundu, Raja Chakravorty,)
The stories of a group of addicts weave together on a rainy night in Kolcata.
Out of competition
Cook, F**k, Kill (Kokka, kepi, killi) (Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia; Year: 2019; Director: Mira Fornay; Writer: Mira Fornay; Stars: Jaroslav Plesl, Petra Fornayová, Regina Rázlová, Jan Alexander, Jazmína Cigánková)
Absurdist drama about a man who is obsessed with sex and cooking... and is also a perpetrator of domestic violence.
Extro (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Naoki Murahashi; Stars: Kozo Haginoya, Koji Yamamoto, Yuki Saito, Yasufumi Terawaki, Nobuhiko Obayashi)
Mockumentary goes behind the scenes of the making of a samurai film.
A Family (Country: Australia, Ukraine; Year: 2019; Director: Jayden Stevens; Writer: Jayden Stevens, Tom Swinburn; Stars: Maksym Derbenyov, Larysa Hraminska, Tetiana Kosianchuk, Pavlo Lehenkyi, Liudmyla Zamidra, Maksym Derbenyov, Larysa Hraminska, Tetiana Kosianchuk, Pavlo Lehenkyi, Liudmyla Zamidra)
A man living in solitary seeks emotional refuge in the organising and documenting of family moments using low-grade impersonators. When his fake sister becomes inspired to follow his method, their relationship struggles between the forged and genuine.
Feast (Country: China; Year: 2019; Director: Yunxing Nie; Stars: Wu Dongui)
Experimental film sees a woman quizzed by those who know her as she sits down to eat a feast in the woods.
A Hairy Tale (Country: Iran; Year: 2019; Director: Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh; Writer: Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh; Stars: Saber Abar, Babak Hamidian, Mohsen Hosseini, Reza Kianian, Darioush Movaffagh, Ali Nassirian, Hediyeh Tehrani, Saber Abar, Babak Hamidian, Mohsen Hosseini, Reza Kianian, Darioush Movaffagh, Ali Nassirian, Hediyeh Tehrani)
Three barbers with different tastes look to their interests - movies, shop certificate, politics, tuna cans and women's hair
Out of competition
Killer Queen (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Ramin Fahrenheit; Writer: Ramin Fahrenheit; Stars: Ramin Fahrenheit, Bruce Hayward, Aleksandra Maslennikova, Fatima Maziani, Emma O'Neill, Jessie Yang)
A young woman released from a mental hospital is drawn to a drug dealer she sees at the cinema they both frequent... the only problem is her compulsion to kill.
Mañanita (Country: Philippines; Year: 2019; Director: Paul Soriano; Writer: Lav Diaz; Stars: Ronnie Lazaro, Bela Padilla, Ronnie Lazaro, Bela Padilla)
An ex-military sniper who was honorably discharged accepts a mission.
Now Is Everything (Country: Italy, US; Year: 2019; Director: Valentina De Amicis, Riccardo Spinotti; Writer: Valentina De Amicis, Matt Handy, Riccardo Spinotti; Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters, Mickey Sumner, Brad Greenquist, Skylar Gray, Ray Nicholson, Destiny Austin, Rita Taggart, Camille Rowe, Juliette Labelle, Irakli Kvirikadze, Eian O'Brien, Christopher Ashman, Sol Mason)
A man is faced with a mystery after his girlfriend disappears.
Once Upon A Time In Sad Hill (Country: Finland, Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Rax Rinnekangas; Writer: Rax Rinnekangas; Stars: Nacho Angulo, Pilar Puente, Marja Skaffari, Ville Tanttu, Liisa Pöntinen, Jorge Grunberg, Henry Jova, Margaret Jova, Noé Palacios Rovira, Teófilo Palacios Sanz, Nacho Angulo, Pilar Puente, Marja Skaffari, Ville Tanttu, Liisa Pöntinen)
Women confront their hollow marriages on a trip to Sad Hill, the shooting location of the final scene of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
Outlaw (Autlo) (Country: Russia; Year: 2019; Director: Kseniya Ratushnaya; Writer: Kseniya Ratushnaya; Stars: Gleb Kalyuzhnyy, Sergey Epishev, Viktor Tarasenko, Liza Kashintseva, Gleb Kalyuzhnyy, Sergey Epishev, Viktor Tarasenko, Liza Kashintseva)
The story of a gay teen coming to terms with his sexuality and a mysterious woman he befriends.
Russian Spleen (Handra) (Country: Russia; Year: 2019; Director: Aleksei Kamynin; Stars: Michael Troynik, Danila Yakushev, Kirill Kovbas, Ekaterina Ageeva, Ksenia Zneva)
The adventures of three friends in Moscow.
Sekuritas (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2019; Director: Carmen Stadler; Writer: Carmen Stadler; Stars: Vilmar Bieri, This Maag, Daniel Kasztura, Jeanne Devos, Duraid A. Ghaieb, Kathrin Veith, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag, Daniel Kasztura, Jeanne Devos, Duraid A. Ghaieb, Kathrin Veith)
Before an office complex is set to be demolished, it expresses one last wish: a love story.
Sisterhood (Year: 2019; Director: Takashi Nishihara; Stars: Manami Usamaru, BOMI, Nina Endo, Mika Akizuki, Ryo Iwase)
Docufiction considers the demands imposed on women by society.
Out of competition
Suparna (Country: Sri Lanka; Year: 2019; Director: Sujeewa Priyalal; Writer: Sujeewa Priyalal; Stars: Duleeka Marapana, Dinakshie Priyasad, Ashan Dias, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Upendra Sanjeewa, Janak Premalal, Veena Jayakody, Kalana Gunasekara, Wilson Gunaratne, Vishwajith Gunasekara, Buddhika Jayarathne, Mali Jayaweerage, Wishwa Lanka, Richard Mundy, Ranjit Rubasinghe)
A half-alien half-human young woman and her friends try to save their village from a multinational firm.
Tapeworm (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Milos Mitrovic, Fabian Velasco; Writer: Milos Mitrovic, Fabian Velasco; Stars: Alex Ateah, Dave Barber, Stephanie Berrington, Adam Brooks, Jennifer Mauws, Milos Mitrovic, Slobodan Mitrovic, Julie Simpson, Sam Singer, Alex Ateah, Dave Barber, Stephanie Berrington, Adam Brooks, Jennifer Mauws, Milos Mitrovic)
Exploration of alienation through a study of mundane lives.
Trio (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Bruno Vanden Broecke; Writer: Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Stefaan Van Brabandt, Bruno Vanden Broecke; Stars: Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Bruno Vanden Broecke, Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Bruno Vanden Broecke)
Gert decides to give his solitary brother who is struggling with depression a birthday present – an hour with a prostitute. It's a decision that will spark rivalry between the siblings.
Out of competition
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