Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (November 12-28) has completed its 2021 programme, adding Sergei Loznitsa’s Mr. Landsbergis to Baltic Competition, plus unveiling the Screen International Critics’ Choice line-up.
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Mr. Landsbergis completes the Baltic Competition line-up. It will screen in Estonia hot from its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The Lithuania and Netherlands co-production follows the years 1989-1991 in Lithuania, when the nation broke away from the Soviet Union. It features the now 88-year-old Vytautas Landsbergis, one of the founders of the independence movement, as he reflects on finding himself at the centre of a radical moment in history.
The Screen International Critics’ Choice line-up includes Kenneth Branagh’s awards-season hopeful Belfast, the Danish best international Oscar entry, Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, plus Belgium’s Oscar contender, Laura Wandel’s debut feature Playground.
The jury for the Official Selection category – which features the world premieres of A Vanishing Fog, Herd Immunity and Songs For A Fox – has also been revealed. The prize money for the Grand Prix award for best this year has doubled to €20,000 ($23,000) and the audience award has increased to €5,000 ($5766) from the previous €2,000.
The jury will be headed by Mike Downey (producer and chairman of the European Film Academy), with UK director, writer and producer Francis Annan; Turkish director Nisan Dag; Estonian art director Eugen Tamberg; Polish composer Teoniki Rożynek; Danish actor, director and producer Ulrich Thomsen; and Estonian producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins.
Screen International Critics’ Choice 2021
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Parallel Mothers (Sp)
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar
Paris, 13th District (Fr)
Dir. Jacques Audiard
Petite Maman (Fr)
Dir. Céline Sciamma
Dir. Laura Wandel
Red Rocket (US)
Dir. Sean Baker
The Most Beautiful Boy In The World (Swe)
Dirs. Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri