Hit Big

Source: POFF

‘Hit Big’

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has unveiled the full line-up for its official selection, featuring 19 world premieres, with the festival set to run from November 11-27.

World premieres include Finnish director J.-P. Valkeapää’s Hit Big, a Finland-Estonia-Spain co-production. Valkeapää’s credits include Dogs Wear Pants and They Have Escaped. The new film is about a Finnish former beauty pageant star, who left Finland for Spain’s Costa del Sol, finds her family’s murky criminal past starts to unravel. Charades is handling sales. 

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There are three Ukrainian world premieres – Ukrainian filmmaker Marysia Nikitiuk’s Lucky Girl, about a TV star who throws herself into her career when faced with various health issues, Sashenka, from Alexander Zhovna, that’s based on a true Soviet murder story; and Jailbird, an Italy-Ukraine co-production from Italian filmmaker Andrea Magnani in his follow-up to his debut, Locarno premiere Easy. It follows an institutionalised child who grows into a distinctive adult.

From Ireland comes the world premiere of Ciaran Creagh’s Ann, set in 1980s Ireland, and looking at the last days of a pregnant teenager.

The festival announced its first seven features in the competition line-up in September, that included the return to Tallinn of Japan’s Ryuichi Mino for a second consecutive year with Ginji The Speculator and Iranian filmmaker Ahmad Bahrami’s The Wastetown. As also previously announced, the 26th edition of the festival will introduce a new competition programme, Critics’ Picks, starting with 15 arthouse features. This year’s Baltic Competition will exclusively screen fiction films and also considers minority Baltic co-productions.

Tallinn Black Nights official selection 2022

*denotes world premiere

Hit Big (Fin-Est-Sp)*
Dir. J.-P. Valkeapää

And Yet We Were All Blind (Fr)*
Dir. Béatrice Pollet

Jailbird (It-Ukr)*
Dir. Andrea Magnani

Piece Of My Heart (Neth-Belg)*
Dir. Dana Nechushtan

The Fox (Ger-Austria)*
Dir. Adrian Goiginger

Lucky Girl (Ukr)*
Dir. Marysia Nikitiuk

Night (Nor)*
Dir. Mona Hoel

Bungalow (Can)*
Dir. Lawrence Cote Collins

Cold As Marble (Azerbaijan-Fr)*
Dir. Asif Rustamov

Sanaa (India)*
Dir. Sudhanshu Saria

Ann (Ire)*
Dir. Ciaran Creagh

Sashenka (Ukr)*
Dir. Alexander Zhovna

Ducks An Urban Legend (Isr)*
Dir. Shachar Rozen

Plastic Symphony (Slovakia-Czech-Pol)*
Dir. Juraj Lehotský | world premiere

Servus Papa, See You in Hell (Germ)
Director. Christopher Roth

Stiekyt (S Afr)
Dir. Etienne Fourie

Official selection 2022 – previously announced

Driving Mum (Ice-Est)*
Dir. Hilmar Oddsson

A Cup Of Coffee And New Shoes On (Alb)*
Dir. Gentian Koçi

The Wastetown (Iran)*
Dir. Ahmad Bahrami

River of Desire (Bra)*
Dir. Sergio Machado

Ginji The Speculator (Jap)*
Dir. Ryuichi Mino

578 Magnum (Viet)
Dir. Lương Đình Dũng

The Punishment (Chile)
Dir. Matias Bize