The Wedding Day

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The Wedding Day

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has revealed the full 2021 official selection line-up. The 25th anniversary edition of the festival is runnig from November 12-28.

The international competition features seven world premieres, including  Augusto Sandino’s A Vanishing Fog, Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Herd Immunity, Kristijonas Vildžiūnas’s Songs For A Fox, György Pálfi’s Perpetuity, Abed Abest’s Killing The Eunuch Khan, Jun Robles Lana’s Big Night and Aku Louhimies’ The Wait.

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There are also nine international premieres including Wojtek Smarzowski’s The Wedding Day, which takes a deep dive into Polish society by telling two stories a century apart, addressing issues including LGBTQI+ rights and veganism. It is a follow-up to Smarzowski’s 2018 film Kler, which dissected the Polish Catholic church.

Matias Rojas Valencia’s A Place Called Dignity is another international premiere. It takes place in Colonia Dignidad, the notorious commune in southern Chile founded in 1961 by former Nazi soldier Paul Schäfer that housed a cult and where many children were sexually abused.

Set to receive its European premiere is Yanagawa, directed by Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu, who has previously picked up prizes at Cannes, Berlin and Locarno. It tells the story of two Beijing brothers who are brought back together by a shock diagnosis, and head to Japan to seek out a woman from their past. The film received its world premiere at Busan and opened Pingyao International Film Festival.

The Grand Prix award for best film goes up to €20,000 this year, from €10,000 last year. The grant will once again be shared between the director and producer. The audience award is also increasing, going up to €5000 from €2000. Prize for director stands at €5,000, with a €1,000 prize for script, actor, actress and cinematographer.

The full programme will be announced at the start of November. Screenings will be available online as well as onsite in Tallinn from November 17-26.

Black Nights Official Selection 2021

In competition – world premieres

Herd Immunity (Kaza-Fr)
Dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Songs For A Fox (Lith-Lat-Est)
Dir. Kristijonas Vildžiūnas

Perpetuity (Hun)
Dir. György Pálfi

Killing The Eunuch Khan (Iran)
Dir. Abed Abest

Big Night (Phil)
Dir. Jun Robles Lana

The Wait (Fin)
Dir. Aku Louhimies

A Vanishing Fog (Col-Czech-Nor)
Dir. Augusto Sandino

In competition – international premieres

A Place Called Dignity (Chile- Arg-Ger)
Dir. Matias Rojas Valencia

The Wedding Day (Pol)
Dir. Wojtek Smarzowski

No Looking Back (Rus)
Dir. Kirill Sokolov

Dear Thomas (Ger)
Dir. Andreas Kleinert

What Went Wrong? (Sp)
Dir. Liliana Torres

The List of Those Who Love Me (Turkey)
Dir. Emre Erdoğdu

The Gentiles (Sp)
Dir. Santi Amodeo

Make The Devil Laugh (Jap)
Dir. Ryuichi Mino

Mukagali  (Kazak)
Dir: Bolat Kalymbetov

In competition – European premieres

No. 10 (Neth-Bel)
Dir. Alex van Warmerdam

Yanagawa (China)
Dir. Zhang Lu

Animals (Bel-Fr)
Dir. Nabil Ben Yadir

Out of competition

Compartment No 6 (Fin-Ger-Est-Rus)
Dir. Juho Kuosmanen

The King Of All The World (Sp-Mex)
Dir. Carlos Saura

Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Rus-Est)
Dirs. Aleksey Chupov and Natasha Merkulova