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Grand prize of Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn handed to Kyrgyz film

BC, Riga, 04.12.2017.Print version

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announced the winner of the Grand Prix to be "Night Accident", a film directed by the Kyrgyz director Temirbek Birnazarov that features a poetic story with a mythological subtext about the emerging love between a lonely old man and a wordless young woman who suddenly enters his life, reports LETA/BNS.

"Captured our hearts with its simple, yet immersive story of a man who has been tortured by life's travails. The accident gives him a rich opportunity to lighten his being and distracts him from an even darker journey and he takes it with both hands," the jury commented. The Grand Prix prize is 10,000 euros and was handed out by the City of Tallinn.

The prize of best director was handed to South Korea's Ju-hyoung Lee for the film "Excavator." The prize encompasses a grant of 5,000 euros and the jury said that it was "for asking a simple but heartfelt question of the military and politicians, which no one wants the answer. Using his excavator, the protagonist seeks to uncover the truth in a strong and important film, with simple means of expression."

Rhys Ifans was deemed the festival's best actor for portraying the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in the film "Dominion." Barbara Auer was crowned best actress for her performance in the Swiss film "Vacuum," where she played a mother whose life is turned upside down when her spouse infects her with HIV.

"The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow", a film directed by Estonian Sulev Keedus, received two prizes. One was for best cinematography, handed to Erik Pollumaa and Ivar Taim, and the other for music, handed to Martynas Bialobzeskis.

The prize for the best script was handed to the Turkish film "Something Useful".

Altogether 18 films participated in the main official selection.

Rainer Sarnet's "November" was chosen as the best Estonian film.

"For the film's poetic expression of the human condition and the universal primal needs of people via the creation of a unique cinematic world," the jury said. The 3,200 euro grant for the prize was provided by Armin Karu.

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