Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

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A Hidden Life A Hidden Life
A Hidden Life and Jojo Rabbit
Adoration (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2019; Director: Fabrice du Welz; Writer: Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier, Fabrice du Welz; Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Laurent Lucas, Peter Van den Begin, Fantine Harduin, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Martha Canga Antonio, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Anaël Snoek, Renaud Rutten, Sandor Funtek, Thomas Gioria, Jean-Luc Couchard, Pierre Nisse, Pierre Brichese, Maïté Lorand)
A young boy becomes infatuated with a young inmate at his mother's psychiatric hospital.
The Barefoot Emperor (Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia, Bulgaria; Year: 2019; Director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth; Writer: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth; Stars: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Bruno Georis, Titus De Voogdt, Maya Storm Brosens, Sinisa Labrovic, Darko Stazic, Pieter van der Houwen, Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Bruno Georis)
The last king of the Belgians wakes to find himself in a sanatorium and the news that the European Union has collapsed.
Cherry Blossoms And Demons (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Doris Dörrie; Writer: Doris Dörrie; Stars: Golo Euler, Aya Irizuki, Hannelore Elsner, Elmar Wepper, Felix Eitner, Floriane Daniel, Maximilian Ehrenreich, Birgit Minichmayr, Sophie Rogall, Kirin Kiki, Carlotta Rupp, Lotanna Ogbughalu, Chloé Marie Mischek, Corinna Binzer, Katja Bürkle)
Supernatural drama.
Corpus Christi (Country: Poland; Year: 2019; Director: Jan Komasa; Writer: Mateusz Pacewicz; Stars: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek, Barbara Kurzaj, Leszek Lichota, Zdzislaw Wardejn, Lukasz Simlat, Anna Biernacik, Lidia Bogacz, Malwina Brych, Bogdan Brzyski, Juliusz Chrzastowski, Radoslaw Ciucias, Mateusz Czwartosz)
Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation in a Youth Detention Centre. The crime he commits prevents him from applying to the seminary... but Daniel has no intention of giving up his dream.
Despite The Fog (Nonostante la nebbia) (Country: Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Goran Paskaljevic; Writer: Marco Alessi, Filip David, Giuseppe Eusepi, Giuseppe Eusepi, Goran Paskaljevic; Stars: Francesco Acquaroli, Tamara Aleksic, Pino Calabrese, Francesca Cutolo, Luigi Diberti, Donatella Finocchiaro, Anna Galiena, Engy Riead, Giorgio Tirabassi, Francesco Acquaroli, Tamara Aleksic, Pino Calabrese, Francesca Cutolo, Luigi Diberti, Donatella Finocchiaro)
A restrauteur finds a child huddled in the cold at a bus stop and decides to take him home.
The Truth The Truth
The Truth and Echo
Devil Between The Legs (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: Arturo Ripstein; Writer: Paz Alicia Garciadiego; Stars: Silvia Pasquel, Alejandro Suárez, Greta Cervantes, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Silvia Pasquel, Alejandro Suárez, Greta Cervantes, Daniel Giménez Cacho)
Story of a couple who have been together for decades and are intimate enemies.
Echo (Country: Iceland; Year: 2019; Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson; Writer: Rúnar Rúnarsson; Stars: Sigurmar Albertsson, Bent Kingo Andersen, Sif Arnarsdóttir, Ari Arnarson, Finnur Arnar Arnarson, Árni Arnarson, Gísli Már Arnarsson, Jon Magnus Arnarsson, Pétur Arnarsson, Bragi Arnason, Fannar Freyr Atlason, Sigurjón Þór Atlason, Ólíver Tumi Auðunsson, Álfgrímur Aðalsteinsson, Aron Bragi Baldursson)
A portrait of modern Icelandic society.
Ema (Country: Chile; Year: 2019; Director: Pablo Larraín; Writer: Guillermo Calderón, Alejandro Moreno; Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Gael García Bernal, Giannina Fruttero, Mariana Di Girolamo, Mariana Loyola, Antonia Giesen, Eduardo Paxeco, Catalina Saavedra, Paola Giannini, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Paula Hofmann, Susana Hidalgo, Paula Luchsinger, Santiago Cabrera, Gael García Bernal)
A dancer and her choreographer husband find themselves trying to stop their lives falling apart after an adoption goes awry.
A Hidden Life (Country: US, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Terrence Malick; Writer: Terrence Malick; Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Shoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz)
The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Il Signor Diavalo (Country: Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Pupi Avati; Writer: Antonio Avati, Pupi Avati, Pupi Avati, Tommaso Avati; Stars: Gabriel Lo Giudice, Filippo Franchini, Cesare Cremonini, Massimo Bonetti, Lino Capolicchio, Chiara Caselli, Gianni Cavina, Alessandro Haber, Andrea Roncato, Eva Antonia Grimaldi, Ludovica Pedetta, Enrico Salimbeni, Fabio Ferrari, Chiara Sani, Iskra Menarini)
A boy kills one of his contemporaries saying he believes he was the devil.
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi and Ema
Jojo Rabbit (Country: Germany, US; Year: 2019; Director: Taika Waititi; Writer: Taika Waititi, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Sitara Attaie, Luke Brandon Field, Victoria Hogan, Brian Caspe, James McVan, Judith Georgi, Bethany Adams)
Satire following a lonely boy and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, whose nationalistic views are challenged when he discovers his mum is hiding a young Jewish girl.
Mindanao (Country: Philippines; Year: 2019; Director: Brillante Mendoza; Stars: Judy Ann Santos, Allen Dizon)
Saima takes care of her sick child while her husband Malang is away in a conflict zone working as a medic. In between all this we see an animation about two brave brothers fighting a dragon - a bedtime story Saima tells her child.
Rounds (Country: Bulgaria, Serbia; Year: 2019; Director: Stephan Komandarev; Writer: Stephan Komandarev, Simeon Ventsislavov; Stars: Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki, Stefan Denolyubov, Stoyan Doychev, Gerasim Georgiev, Anastasia Ingilizova, Irini Jambonas, Pavel Popandov, Nikolai Urumov, Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki, Stefan Denolyubov)
Sofia, November 9th, 2019. Night. As the country prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the regime change in Bulgaria, three police patrol cars roam the streets of the sleeping city.
So Long, My Son (Country: China; Year: 2019; Director: Xiaoshuai Wang; Writer: Mei Ah, Xiaoshuai Wang; Stars: Liya Ai, Jiang Du, Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang, Jingjing Li, Xi Qi, Jingchun Wang, Roy Wang, Cheng Xu, Mei Yong, Liya Ai, Jiang Du, Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang, Jingjing Li, Xi Qi, Jingchun Wang)
Family saga set against the period that followed the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The Truth (La Verite) (Country: France, Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Léa Le Dimna; Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel, Jackie Berroyer, Ludivigne Sagnier.)
A reunion between a French cinema star and her daughter descends into confrontation.
So Long, My Son So Long, My Son
So Long, My Son and Adoration
Wilcox (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Denis Côté; Writer: Denis Côté; Stars: Guillaume Tremblay, Guillaume Tremblay)
A man drifts away from society.
Willow (Vrba) (Country: Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Milcho Manchevski; Writer: Milcho Manchevski; Stars: Sara Klimoska, Natalija Teodosieva, Kamka Tocinovski, Nenad Nacev, Nikola Risteski, Petar Caranovikj, Ratka Radmanovic, Petar Mircevski, Ana Kostovska, Laze Manaskov, Blagoja Corevski, Sonja Oshavkova, Kire Gorevski, Adem Karaga, Ivan Gosevski)
Three stories about the struggle of three women.
Wonderful Woman (Country: South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan; Writer: Jeon Kyu-hwan; Stars: An Minyong, Cho Eunju, Eun Hasoo, Jeong Euiuk)
A masseuse who is diagnosed with cancer spends the money for hospital expenses on her daughter's wedding.

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