Eastern Business by Igor Cobileanski, which was developed at Baltic Event Co-Production Market in 2012, won Best Script and Best Actor awards at the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Two films formerly presented at BE Works in Progress also took home the bronze wolf statuette.
The jury prize for the Best Script went to Romania for the “humorous and enlightening road trip into the absurdities of life”. The jury prize for the Best Actor went to the same film, “for reminding us to fall in love with the losers and dreamers we are”, to be shared between Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Puscasu who played the two main characters. The Baltic Event team is thrilled that the project presented by producer Iuliana Tarnovetchi at Baltic Event 2012 and becoming a co-production with Lithuania and Moldova came back to Tallinn to have its international premiere – and a very successful one – here at Black Nights.
Chronicles of Melanie by Viesturs Kairišs (Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland), which was showcased in BE Works in Progress in 2014, also held its international premiere in competition at Black Nights. The film earned the jury prize for the Best Cinematographer – Gints Bērziņš, “for its unforgettable images of human endurance amongst nature’s harshest beauty.”
Mother by Kadri Kõusaar, which was picked up for its international premiere at Tribeca Film Festival after being presented at BE Works in Progress in 2015, won the Best Estonian Feature award “for its unflinching portrait of a woman, trapped beneath the burdens and expectations of her role, and her struggle to break out of it.”
Baltic Event, founded in 2002, celebrated its 15th birthday in 2016. The film market takes place during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival every November and presents around 45 projects across its categories.
Photo credit: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival