German Competition Titles in Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the only A-festival in the Nordic-Baltic region, has published its competition programme for the 23rd edition (17 November - 3 December, 2019) and revealed a large German presence: the Official Selection Competition and the First Feature Competition have both programmed two titles each as either world or international premieres. FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS face Maria Dragus (GERMAN LESSON, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) was selected for the BLACK NIGHTS STARS programme for young acting talent.
The Official Selection Competition in Tallinn has programmed MAN FROM BEIRUT by Christoph Gampl (chapplingo films int., 2Pilots Filmproduction, Kida Films) and GYPSY QUEEN by Hüseyin Tabak (DE/AT, DOR FILM-WEST Produktionsgesellschaft). Gampl's neo-noir film, which balances on the border between genre and arthouse, poses questions about culture as well as  national and moral identity. The story focuses on the blind hitman Momo, played by Kida Ramadan (4 BLOCKS). Hüysein Tabak's drama follows the young single mother Ali as she fights for a better life for herself and her two children through her boxing talent.

The First Features Competition will be screening Elisa Mishto's STAY STILL (DE/IT, CALA Filmproduktion, Cine Plus, Farbfilm Produktion) and Hossein Pourseifi's TOMORROW WE ARE FREE (Little Dream Entertainment). For Mishto's main character, Julie, doing nothing is her purpose in life - just staying still. When her previously "perfect" life moving between her psychiatric clinic of choice and home unexpectedly comes under threat, she then realises that she has to move in order to keep still. A lot of things move - especially in political terms - in Pourseifi's drama which is based on true events. A young East German chemist follows her Iranian husband to his home country in 1979 and starts a new life with her family following the fall of the Shah and in the midst of the founding of the "Islamic Republic".

Maria Dragus is now the second German talent and FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS face after Louis Hofmann in 2017 to become a part of the festival's BLACK NIGHTS STARS programme to promote young talent. Together with five other actors, Maria Dragus will be participating in a three-day program which includes speed dating with international casting directors, an industry talk and a workshop as part of the initiative.

Numerous German films and co-productions will also be programmed in the other sections of the festival.

All German films and co-productions at the Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn, the sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and JUST Film can be found here. This list will be updated after the festival has released the entire program in November.

Contact: Dennis Ruh