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Philophobia
A small English town directs its villagers in directions of which none would have ever conceived - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Finky
Deliciously bonkers Irish film tells the story a musician and puppeteer called Finky, and it's a bewildering visual spectacle - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Kalel, 15
HIV-positive teen grapples with a dysfunctional family and society, in this extremely bleak yet sobering drama from the Phillipines - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Monster (Arracht)
Man and young girl have to fend for themselves in 19th century Ireland, as the Great Famine pits hapless peasants against each other - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Through Black Glass
Blind Russian teen marries a Russian oligarch whom she never met, in this sombre tale of patriarchy - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Coldest Game
Russians and Americans battle on the chessboard at the height of the Cold War, in this extremely formulaic political thriller from Poland - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Lost Lotus
After her mother is killed in a hit-and-run accident, woman seeks justice with her own hands but has to grapple with the teachings of Buddhism along the way - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues)
Four Kosovan actors cross the border illegally in order to perform at a theatre festival in neighbouring Albania, in this simple and captivating comedy about artistic resilience and foolishness - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

When the Moon was Full
Iranian woman marries charming stranger only to find out he's a religious fundamentalist, and that her entire family could be in danger - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Dead Volume (Volume Morto)
Entirely set in a primary school room, this Brazilian drama pits a young teacher against two angry parents - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Man from Beirut
Blind hitman bonds with a young girl he was hired to kill, in this conventional neo-noir set in Berlin - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand
Two Greek friends in search of an elusive porn star from the 1990s embark on a dazzling journey peppered with imagination, allegory and copious filmic ruses - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Kontora
Japanese film built upon highly abstract allegorical devices is a profound meditation on family relations and the wounds of war - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Golden Voices
Two elderly Russian dubbers move to Israel following the demise of the Soviet Union, where they have to contend with language and cultural barriers - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Girl with no Mouth (Peri)
Four deformed children fight for their survival in a dystopian post-apocalyptic society, in unusual kids' horror/fantasy movie from Turkey - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Coming Home Again
Son abandons his job and career in order to take care of terminally ill mother, in extremely powerful and intimate meditation on family values and death - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Gutterbee
Xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance prevail in a tiny American town, in this prolonged satire of national identity - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Muscle
Craig Fairbrass stars as a highly manipulative personal trainer, in this standard British thriller set in Newcastle - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Malpaso
Black and albino twins have to fend for themselves in a profoundly violent and impoverished society unable to understand the pigmental condition, in this impressive Dominican movie - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Fiela's Child (Fiela Se Kind)
A white child is adopted by a black family in 19th century South African, in this charming parable of racial segregation - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Drowsy City (Thanh Pho Ngu Gat)
Vietnamese film bursting with originality and audacity utilises chickens as a surrogate for human pain and vulnerability - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Marionette (Marioneta)
Mexican thespian uses his dramatic skills in order to help fake beggars to extort people on the streets of Mexico City, in this very unusual tribute to the art of acting - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Gipsy Queen
Roma immigrant has to fight for her and her family's survival in Germany in both physical and metaphorical ways, in this psychological drama with a punch of political commentary - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Until We Fall (Til vi Falder)
Danish drama set in Spain about couple seeking their missing child descends into a bizarre tale of despondency and recklessness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes Reve)
Two religions, one temple! Drama set in very rural and traditional Albania proposes a very peculiar gesture of unity between Muslims and Catholics: a joint mosque and church. But is it feasible? from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Slam
Australian film directed by Indian filmmaker will hit you like a punch in the face; our editor describes it as "film of the year" - from Sydney Film Festival [Read More...]

A Place to Live
The topics of grief, mourning and reconnecting with the past are the central pillar of this Canadian drama, set in the wintry countryside of Quebec - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Still River (Akinito Potami)
Greek film set in Siberia excels in the sombre and wintry cinematography; it deals with a number of very different topics including corporate interests, Russian Orthodox faith and a dormant libido - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Ponzi scheme or power to the people? Documentary investigates the nuts and bolts of Blockchain and Bitcoin, and whether the new technologies could change the way we live - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Asandhimitta
Is this the Asian (and cisgender) Divine? Completely bonkers Sri Lankan film about fat psychotic woman seeking fame premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Wandering Girl (Niña Errante)
Four half-sisters in Colombia meet for the first time at their father's funeral, and they travel across the country in order to prevent the youngest one from being taken in by social services - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Kadakh
Feuding couple have to conceal a dead body in their flat during their extravagant Diwali party, in dark comedy investigating India's "a-moral" values and traditions - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Two Fridas (Dos Fridas)
The dysfunctional relationship between the ailing Frida Kahlo and her Costa Rican nurse Judy is the backbone of this new Mexican drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Winter's Night (Gyeo-wul-ba-me)
A middle-aged couple return to where they spent their first night together three decades earlier, only to come to the fateful realisation that the years have killed their affection - heartrending Korean drama shows at the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Bad Poems (Rossz Versek)
Hungarian drama about man in his 30s overcoming being dumped by girlfriend excels in sensibility and ingeniousness; it's a heartfelt ode to masculinity in all of its splendid brittleness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Werewolf (Wilkolak)
Polish WW2 horror film uses ferocious dogs as a trope for the defeated and still rabid Nazi enemy - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Awaken
Sensory film filmed in 35 countries during six years premieres in the Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; the outcome is rather impressive if not without imperfections [Read More...]

Spitak
Big budget Russian-Armenian production portrays a tragedy that claimed the lives of 25,000 Armenians and left more than half a million people homeless, at the very end of the Soviet era - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Putin's Witnesses
Documentary about Putin's first year in power in 2000 was directed by his personal cinematographer, who now resents being an "accomplice" of the leader he now describes as an "autocrat" - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Anna's War
Six-year-old Jewish orphan survives Nazi occupation of Russia by hiding under her mother's corpse and then in a disused chimney - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Dead Women Walking
Nine women await their execution, in multilayered drama dealing with regret, redemption, failed motherhood, sexual abuse, drugs and much more - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Then Came You
American teen romcom blends comedic with tragic elements, successfully delving into the difficult topic of cancer in adolescence, plus featuring a very convincing Maisie Williams and Asa Butterfield - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Articles
A tale of two ethnicities
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has opened a side festival for its Russian community in the Eastern Estonian towns of Narva and Kohtla-Järve, in a country where integration is still an elusive concept [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Mike Newell
The British director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Four Weddings and a Funeral talks about his experience as jury president in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the future of the seventh art after Brexit, Truffaut, happy endings and much more, in exclusive interview! [Read More...]

The Black Nights have never been this bright before!
As the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival draws to a close, we talk to the Festival Director Tiina Lokk and find out the dirty secrets of an event that showcased nearly 260 feature films, seeing more than 80,000 admissions! [Read More...]