GERMAN COMPETITION ENTRIES IN TALLINN

2017-11-10

Tallinn's Black Nights, the only 'A' festival in the Nordic-Baltic region, has published the program for its 21st edition (17 November – 3 December 2017) and shows a great liking for German cinema: titles from Germany have been programmed as world and international premieres in both the Main Competition as well as the First Features Competition, with a total of 53 German films and co-productions being shown. There  will also be a large presence of the associated filmmakers and actors coming to the festival. FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS star Louis Hofmann was selected for the SCREEN STAR TALLINN program for young actors.

A THOUGHT OF ECSTASY (DE/US/CH, Studio RPK, Independent Partners Film) will have its international premiere in the Main Competition at Tallinn. This will be celebrated in the presence of a large delegation headed up by the director RP Kahl with the actresses Ava Verne, Lena Morris and Deborah Kara Unger.

RP Kahl has staged a journey into the near future full of images and associations. A journey through an America in the year of 2019. A man searching for a lost love. A woman lost in her desire for revenge. A country petrified by a heatwave and torn between suspicion and paranoia. And a 20-year-old diary which arouses a desire to fritter oneself away.

Isabel Prahl's DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN (Made in Germany Filmproduktion) will have its world premiere in the Competition for First Features. And the size of the delegation is equally impressive: the director will be joined in Tallinn by, among others, the actors Bjarne Mädel, Bibiana Beglau, Emma Bading as well as Louis Hofmann.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN is a powerful portrait of the so-called Generation Z, the Digital Natives. They aspire to achieve the perfect public image, an immaculate life, and they are paralyzed by the abundance of possibilities and supposed mistakes: suddenly, the door is slammed shut, 18-year-old Mike has locked himself into his room. The family remains outside. While his father, mother and sister try to come to terms with the situation, the door to Mike's room increasingly becomes a mirror of their own lives.

Actor Louis Hofmann, who is also one of the stars of German Films' FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign presenting German talents on an international level, was picked as one of seven participants for the SCREEN STARS TALLINN program. This new initiative by the Black Nights Film Festival aims to help young actors make themselves known outside of their home country. The three-day program consists of masterclasses, presentations as well as networking events with international film professionals.

Louis Hofmann is featured in the campaign this year, while last year saw BABYLON BERLIN lead actress Liv Lisa Fries being part of FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS. She will be coming along with the lead actor Volker Bruch, another star of the current FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign, and the directors Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries to Tallinn to present the international best-selling series from Germany. Other German directors expected as guests include Andres Veiel (BEUYS), Felix Randau (ICEMAN), Lola Randl (DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL BURNED OUT AND EMPTY?), Oliver Kienle (FOUR HANDS) and Nina Vukovic (DETOUR).

The presentation of German films at the Black Nights Film Festival is being organized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Tallinn and German Films.

All of the German films and co-productions in Tallinn 2017

Contact: Dennis Ruh