Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020

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Beginning Beginning
Beginning and Havel
50 Or Two Whales Meet On The Beach (50 (o dos ballenas se encuentran en la playa)) (Year: 2020; Director: Jorge Cuchi; Writer: Jorge Cuchi; Stars: José Antonio Toledano, Karla Coronado, Gerardo Trejoluna, José Antonio Toledano, Karla Coronado, Gerardo Trejoluna)
Ammonite (Country: UK, Australia, US; Year: 2020; Director: Francis Lee; Writer: Francis Lee; Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Sarah White, Liam Thomas, Sam Parks)
In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
Bad Tales (Favolacce) (Country: Italy, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo; Writer: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo; Stars: Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Gabriel Montesi, Max Malatesta, Ileana D'Ambra, Lino Musella, Massimiliano Tortora, Barbara Ronchi, Sara Bertelà, Justin Korovkin, Cristina Pellegrino, Giulia Melillo, Giulietta Rebeggiani, Federico Majorana, Giulia Galiani)
Trouble brews over a long hot summer on the outskirts of Rome.
The Barcelona Vampiress (La vampira de Barcelona) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Lluís Danés; Writer: Lluís Arcarazo, María Jaén; Stars: Bruna Cusí, Sergi López, Alejandra Howard, Francesc Orella, Pablo Derqui, Nora Navas, Núria Prims, Roger Casamajor, Anna Alarcón, Francesca Piñón, Miranda Gas, Nina Rosés, Mario Gas, Albert Pla, Lluïsa Castell)
When the daughter of a rich family goes missing, suspicion falls on a woman known as "The Barcelona Vampiress", but a journalist ventures into the Ravel and discovers the dark truth.
Beginning (Dasatskisi) (Country: Georgia, France; Year: 2020; Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili; Writer: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli; Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvili)
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles.
Charlatan Charlatan
Charlatan and Fugitive Dreams
Charlatan (Country: Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, Poland; Year: 2020; Director: Agnieszka Holland; Writer: Marek Epstein; Stars: Jan Vlasák, Joachim Paul Assböck, Juraj Loj, Ivan Trojan, Jan Budar, Marek Epstein, Josef Trojan, Jaroslava Pokorná, Martin Mysicka, Jana Kvantiková, Jana Olhová, Claudia Vaseková, Miroslav Hanus, Tomás Jerábek, Václav Kopta)
Drama based on the life of faith healer Jan Mikolášek
The Club Of Angels (O Clube dos Anjos) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Angelo Defanti; Writer: Angelo Defanti, Luis Fernando Verissimo; Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, António Capelo, Marco Ricca, Augusto Madeira, Otávio Müller, Samuel de Assis, Paulo Miklos, Ângelo Antônio, André Abujamra, Arthur Asson, Cesar Mello, Matheus Nachtergaele, António Capelo, Marco Ricca, Augusto Madeira)
A group of friends who meet for a supper club find their evenings reinvigorated by the arrival of a mystery cook... but each time they meet, another of them dies.
Come (Country: Malaysia, Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Lim Kah Wai; Writer: Lim Kah Wai; Stars: Lee Kang-sheng, Manami Usamaru, Seiji Chihara)
During the cherry blossom season, the skeleton of an old woman is found near the centre of Osaka. A detective investigates the skeleton’s relation to a series of real estate scams by surveying the neighbourhood and interviewing its inhabitants.
Conference (Country: Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Ivan I Tverdovskiy; Writer: Ivan I Tverdovskiy; Stars: Filipp Avdeev, Natalya Tsvetkova, Natalya Pavlenkova, Natalya Potapova, Yan Tsapnik, Aleksandr Zlatopolskiy, Natalya Batrak, Olga Lapshina, Anna Slyu, Aleksandr Semchev, Kseniya Zueva, Oleg Feoktistov, Aleksandr Golubkov, Roman Shmakov, Elena Nesterova)
A nun is sent to Moscow to organise a memorial evening 17 years after a terror attack, through the course of the film we learn the details of her personal story.
Dear Comrades! (Dorogie Tovarischi) (Country: Russia; Year: 2020; Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy; Writer: Elena Kiseleva, Andrey Konchalovskiy; Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Alexander Maskelyne, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Alexander Maskelyne)
A devout communist witnesses a government shooting during a strike - which changes her life forever.
Forgotten Roads Forgotten Roads
Forgotten Roads and The Disciple
The Disciple (Country: India; Year: 2020; Director: Chaitanya Tamhane; Writer: Chaitanya Tamhane; Stars: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, Kiran Yadnyopavit, Makarand Mukund, Prasad Vanarse)
Chaitanya Tamhane's masterfully composed second feature examines a lifetime journey devoted to the art of Indian classical music.
The End (Country: Russia; Year: 2020; Director: Vladimir Kott; Writer: Vladimir Kott; Stars: Valentin Samokhin, Egor Beroyev, Jana Troyanova, Natalia Surkova, Viktor Horinyak)
Director Mitya escapes from the set of the next television series. In this, he is helped by the ghost of Marcello Mastroianni... and the move unleashes a chain of events.
Falling (Country: Canada, UK; Year: 2020; Director: Viggo Mortensen; Writer: Viggo Mortensen; Stars: Lance Henriksen, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross, Laura Linney)
When 80-year-old independent farmer Willis travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with son John and his family, two very different worlds collide. Mentally declining, Willis' abrasiveness is both caustic and funny, bringing old wounds from the past and years of mutual mistrust to the surface.
Forgotten Roads (La Nave Del Olvido) (Country: Chile; Year: 2020; Director: Nicol Ruiz Benavides; Writer: Nicol Ruiz Benavides; Stars: Romana Satt, Gabriela Arancibia, Claudia Devia, Raúl López Leyton, Cristóbal Ruiz)
A lonely widow from the countryside moves in with her daughter in a small, conservative town, and falls in love with an independent married woman who sings in a bar.
Fugitive Dreams (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Jason Neulander; Writer: Jason Neulander, based on the play by Caridad Svich; Stars: April Matthis, Robbie Tann, Scott Shepherd, O-Lan Jones)
In this allegorical road movie touching on issues of homelessness, mental health, and addiction, two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love.
Honeymood Honeymood
Honeymood and Bad Tales
The Garden (Gullregn) (Country: Iceland, Poland; Year: 2020; Director: Ragnar Bragason; Writer: Ragnar Bragason; Stars: Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir, Eyþór Gunnlaugsson, Karolina Gruszka, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Grace Achieng, Auðunn Blöndal, Anna Claessen, Jón Gnarr, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Halldór Gylfason, Helga Kristín Helgadóttir, Birgitta Hreiðarsdóttir, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Oddur Júlíusson, Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir)
Indíana Jónsdóttir lives in a large apartment block full of immigrants, whom she despises, and makes her living by preying upon the public welfare system. In her small private garden, she tends to her award-winning laburnum tree. When her only son turns up with a foreign girlfriend, Indíana’s world is upended.
Havel (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 2020; Director: Slávek Horák; Writer: Slávek Horák, Rudolf Suchánek; Stars: Anna Geislerová, Barbora Seidlová, Martin Hofmann, Stanislav Majer, Jirí Bartoska, Viktor Dvorák, Miroslav Hanus, Anton Tataru, Adrian Jastraban, Jan Kolarík, Michelle Hansenová, Michal Isteník, Anna Geislerová, Barbora Seidlová, Martin Hofmann)
Biopic of Vaclav Havel, focusing on his life and increasing political activism in the Seventies.
Holler (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Nicole Riegel; Writer: Nicole Riegel; Stars: Jessica Barden, Gus Halper, Austin Amelio, Grace Kaiser, Pamela Adlon, Becky Ann Baker)
In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way.
Honeymood (Country: Israel; Year: 2020; Director: Talya Lavie; Writer: Talya Lavie; Stars: Ran Danker, Avigail Harari)
Following a fight in their honeymoon suite on the night of their wedding, a bride and groom embark on a surreal urban odyssey through the streets of Jerusalem.
Jakarta, City Of Dreamers (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2020; Director: Ertanto Robby Soediskam)
Modern portrait of Jakarta.
The Macaluso Sisters The Macaluso Sisters
The Macaluso Sisters and Falling
Josep (Country: France, Spain, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Aurel; Writer: Jean-Louis Milesi; Stars: Sergi López, Emmanuel Vottero, Xavier Serrano, David Marsais, Valérie Lemercier, Thomas Vandenberghe, Gérard Hernandez, Bruno Solo, François Morel, Alain Cauchi, Bamar Kane, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Alba Pujol, Sophia Aram, Sergi López)
Animation charts a Spaniard's escape from an internment camp in France.
Jumbo (Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Zoé Wittock; Writer: Zoé Wittock; Stars: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck)
Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. That’s when Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park’s new flagship attraction...
Kokoloko (Year: 2020; Director: Gerardo Naranjo; Writer: Gerardo Naranjo)
In a tropical seaside village, Marisol pursues personal freedom while navigating between the two men in her life - her lover, and her violent cousin who is keeping her captive.
Magnesium (Country: Netherlands; Director: Sam de Jong; Writer: Shady El-Hamus)
A talented gymnast makes a life-changing discovery as she prepares for an important tournament, which is her last chance to reach the top.
The Macaluso Sisters (Le sorelle Macaluso) (Country: Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Emma Dante; Writer: Emma Dante, Giorgio Vasta, Elena Stancanelli; Stars: Alissa Maria Orlando, Susanna Piraino, Anita Pomario, Eleonora De Luca, Donatella Finocchiaro, Viola Pusateri, Serena Barone, Simona Malato, Laura Giordani, Maria Rosaria Alati, Rosalba Bologna, Ileana Rigano, Alissa Maria Orlando, Susanna Piraino, Anita Pomario)
The childhood, adulthood and old age of five sisters born and raised in an apartment on the top floor of a small block in the suburbs of Palermo, where they live alone, without their parents.
Dear Comrades! Dear Comrades!
Dear Comrades! and Quo Vadis, Aida
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Country: Tunisia, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden; Year: 2020; Director: Kaouther Ben Hania; Writer: Kaouther Ben Hania; Stars: Monica Bellucci, Koen De Bouw, Rupert Wynne-James, Husam Chadat, Saad Lostan, Najoua Zouhair, Dea Liane, Marc de Panda, Adrienne Mei Irving, Nadim Cheikhrouha, Yahya Mahayni, Jan Dahdoh, Wim Delvoye, Montassar Alaya, Monica Bellucci)
Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. He finds himself turned into a work of art by a tattoo artist...but at what cost.
My Blood & Bones In A Flowing Galaxy (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Sabu; Writer: Yuyuko Takemiya; Stars: Tomoyo Harada, Kai Inowaki, Anna Ishii, Hana Kino, Takumi Kitamura, Kaya Kiyohara, Airi Matsui, Taishi Nakagawa, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Akiko Yada, Tomoyo Harada, Kai Inowaki, Anna Ishii, Hana Kino, Takumi Kitamura)
When a boy steps in to help a fellow student who is being bullied, the pair grow close... but trouble looms on the horizon.
Oasis (Korisnici) (Country: Serbia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France; Year: 2020; Director: Ivan Ikic; Writer: Ivan Ikic; Stars: Goran Bogdan, Marusa Majer, Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni, Milica Djindjic, Sasa Strugar, Draginja Voganjac, Goran Bogdan, Marusa Majer, Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni, Milica Djindjic, Sasa Strugar)
Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek.
The People Upstairs (Sentimental) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Cesc Gay; Writer: Cesc Gay; Stars: Belén Cuesta, Javier Cámara, Alberto San Juan, Griselda Siciliani, Belén Cuesta, Javier Cámara, Alberto San Juan, Griselda Siciliani)
A get together between two sets of neighbours has unexpected emotional consequences.
Quo Vadis, Aida (Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey; Year: 2020; Director: Jasmila Zbanic; Writer: Jasmila Zbanic; Stars: Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Isakovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Joes Brauers, Reinout Bussemaker, Izudin Bajrovic, Teun Luijkx, Jasna Djuricic, Alban Ukaj, Ermin Bravo, Ermin Sijamija, Sol Vinken, Juda Goslinga, Sanne den Hartogh)
A UN translator in Srebrenica when the Serbian army takes over the town faces a difficult choice.
The People Upstairs The People Upstairs
The People Upstairs and Ammonite
Servants (Sluzobnici) (Country: Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland; Year: 2020; Director: Ivan Ostrochovský; Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marek Lescák, Ivan Ostrochovský; Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Martin Sulík, Samuel Skyva, Milan Mikulcík, Zvonko Lakcevic, Vladimír Zboron, Tomas Turek, Vladimír Strnisko, Vladimír Obsil, Samuel Polakovic, Vlad Ivanov, Martin Sulík, Samuel Skyva, Milan Mikulcík, Zvonko Lakcevic)
Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s. The Communist regime threatens to subjugate the Catholic Church. Will young seminarians Michal and Juraj remain true to their ideals?
Sun Children (Korschid) (Country: Iran; Year: 2020; Director: Majid Majidi; Writer: Nima Javidi, Majid Majidi; Stars: Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Safar Mohammadi, Ali Ghabeshi, Roohollah Zamani, Shamila Shirzad, Abolfazl Shirzad, Mohammad Mahdi Mousavifar, Mani Ghafouri, Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Safar Mohammadi, Ali Ghabeshi)
Story of three kids, who work to support their families, and their quest to find treasure in a tunnel... but first they have to enrol in a school near its entrance.
Thanks For Everything (Merci pour tout) (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Louise Archambault; Writer: Isabelle Langlois; Stars: Julie Perreault, Magalie Lépine Blondeau, Robin Aubert, Sacha Charles, Estelle Esse, Louis-Georges Girard, Patrick Hivon, Michael Kelly, Sasha Migliarese, Guy Nadon, Jean-François Pichette, Aliocha Schneider, Gilbert Sicotte, Tammy Verge, Julie Perreault)
Sisters Marianne and Christine have been on bad terms for a year. When their crooked businessman of a father dies, they are forced to take a road trip to spread his ashes.
Tsoi (Country: Russia, Latvia; Year: 2020; Director: Aleksey Uchitel; Writer: Aleksandr Gonorovskiy, Savva Minaev, Aleksey Uchitel; Stars: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Paulina Andreeva, Maryana Spivak, Igor Vernik, Nadezhda Kaleganova, Inga Tropa, Arturs Skrastins, Ilya Del, Vitaliy Kovalenko, Lilita Ozolina, Mikhail Troynik, Maksim Stoyanov, Maria Peresild, Valeriy Sklyarov, Evgeniy Tsyganov)
15 August 1990. Viktor Tsoi, the Soviet Union’s most famous rock star, leader of the band Kino, a symbol of freedom and change, dies in an accident on a Latvian highway. The bus driver who was involved in the tragic accident will bring his body back to Leningrad... and for the party of mourners, it's going to be a along trip.
Walnut Tree (Country: Iran; Year: 2020; Director: Mohammad Hossein Mahdavian; Writer: Ebrahim Amini, Hossein Hassani; Stars: Payman Maadi, Mina Sadati, Minu Sharifi, Mehran Modiri, Payman Maadi, Mina Sadati, Minu Sharifi, Mehran Modiri)
After his family fall victim to mustard gas, a man struggles to keep them alive.
Jumbo Jumbo
Jumbo and Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness
The Wasteland (Dashte Khamoush) (Country: Iran; Year: 2020; Director: Ahmad Bahrami; Stars: Touraj Alvand, Ali Bagheri, Majid Farhang, Mahdie Nassaj, Farrokh Nemati, Touraj Alvand, Ali Bagheri, Majid Farhang, Mahdie Nassaj, Farrokh Nemati)
A traditional brick making factory faces closure.
Wishlist (La lista de los deseos) (Year: 2020; Director: Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo; Writer: Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo; Stars: María León, Victoria Abril, Silvia Alonso, Boré Buika, Salva Reina)
While having medical tests done, Eva and Carmen strike up a friendship in the waiting room. Soon they are organising an adventure.
The World To Come (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Mona Fastvold; Writer: Ron Hansen, Jim Shepard, Jim Shepard; Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott, Andreea Vasile, Ioachim Ciobanu, Karina Ziana Gherasim, James Longshore, Sandra Personnic-House, Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott, Andreea Vasile, Ioachim Ciobanu)
In upstate New York in the 1850s, Abigail begins a new year on the rural farm where she lives with her husband Dyer. But a friendship with the wife of a new neighbour leads to trouble.
Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness (Country: Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Massoud Bakhshi; Writer: Massoud Bakhshi; Stars: Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini)
Maryam accidentally killed her husband Nasser and is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Mona, Nasser's daughter. All Mona has to do is appear on a TV show and forgive Maryam. But forgiveness proves difficult when they are forced to relive the past.
The Yellow Cat (Sary mysyq) (Country: Kazakhstan, France; Year: 2020; Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Writer: Inna Smailova, Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Stars: Azamat Nigmanov, Kamila Nugmanova, Sanjar Madi, Azamat Nigmanov, Kamila Nugmanova, Sanjar Madi)
An ex-con returns to his home with a plan to open a cinema.
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