The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is announcing the following winners at its black carpet Awards Ceremony tonight at Nordea Concert Hall. The fest will run for two more days of screenings.
Grand Prix for Best Film (Grant of 10,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer)
THE THRONE / Sado
2015, South Korea
Director: Lee Joon-ik
Producer: Oh Seung-Hyun, Sung Chang-Yun
The Throne is the perfect example of how the remote historic events in one particular country, in this case Korea, can be used to create not only a powerful and beautiful historic drama, but also a modern film which touches the hearts and minds of contemporary spectators.
The Director of the film Lee Joon-ik was able to assemble a great acting ensemble and also used all instruments of contemporary cinema art to create a truly Shakespearean tragedy. Also the film masterfully uses many elements of traditional Korean art which highly benefit the visual style of the film. Combined, all elements of the picture carefully put together, produce a film of high artistic value.
Jury Prize for Best Director (Grant of 5,000 euros)
UNDER THE SUN / В лучах Солнца
2015, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea
Director: Vitaliy Manskiy
Under the Sun is both an intimate study on how propaganda affects individuals’ life and how reality can easily be manipulated just changing the perspective of things.
It shows audiences how to look out of the frame to discover that the depicted in-frame reality can be totally different.
Vitaliy Manskiy manages to tell his story without falling into an easy anti-propaganda pamphlet keeping both humanity and distance, combining striking images and sounds to deliver a film impregnated with high artistic values.
Jury Prize for Best Actor
Isaka Sawadogo - character of Yaya
THE PARADISE SUITE
2015, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria
Director: Joost van Ginkel
An award for extraordinary credibility both in prayer and other different scenes in the film.
Jury Prize for Best Actress
Martha Canga Antonio - character of Mavela
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
By creating an extraordinary persevering hero of a young woman in Black Martha Canga Antonio perfectly manages to show both dark and bright sides of a character who is determined on her own beliefs. Staying loyal to her beliefs, even after realizing they might not be ideal and can lead to a vague outcomes, she gives a perfect example of a strong and firm personality who does not need anyone to give her permission to do what she wants to do.
Controlling emotions in the most critical moment of life, the unbelievably strong character of 15-year old Mavela proves that man can always go back to life and hold hope for the future. Keeping an excellent mastery with her play during the whole movie and making audience not to lose a connection with her, the talented actress successfully affords to give a portrait of a woman trying to push the boundaries she is living in.
Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer
Director : Laila Pakalnina
Cinema art first and foremost is the moving pictures or the images which sometimes capture life as it is, but sometimes they interpret life according to the vision of the cinematographer and the director of the film.
The recipient of this year's prize for best cinematography Wojciech Staron was able through his lensing to create the visual equivalent of the craziness of the Soviet way of life being imposed on the farmers of freshly occupied Latvia.
Wojciech Staron makes perversely beautiful the psychotic world created by Laila Pakalnina, the director of the film Dawn, with his black and white cinematography.
Special Jury Prize
UNDER THE SUN / В лучахСолнца
Director : Vitaliy Manskiy
This film shows how an artist can apply simple means to turn what seems to be a propaganda film into a work of art which presents the terrifying mechanisms of ideological indoctrination. Only a film can do that so convincingly and Under the Sun has managed to achieve it.
The Throne / Sado
Composer Bang Jun-seok has created an enthralling score that is extremely well connected to most aspects of The Throne. The rises and falls match the scenes perfectly and the music is strongly connected to the actions and surroundings of the characters throughout this historical drama. This has created an unbreakable bond between what you see on the big screen and what you hear through the speakers, which forces one to realize that Bang Jun-seok’s composition vastly enhances the overall experience of The Throne. Bang Jun-seok sticks to the methods of high quality epic classical film scores while always staying loyal to the traditional instruments of the film’s country of origin.
The powerful beginning, soaring middle and emotive finale makes this original score the best music in this year’s competition.
Main Competition Jury members: Jonas Bjørn Olsen (Denmark), Fabrizio Maltese (Italy), Giorgi Ovašvili (Georgia), Serge Rakhlin (USA), Jerzy Stuhr (Poland)
TRIDENS FIRST FEATURES COMPETITION
Tridens Award for Best Film (Grant of 5,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer
DELIVERY / Nacimiento
Director: Martin Meija Rugeles
Producer: Martin Mejia Rugeles, Cesar Patiño
For its sincerity, consistency in use of cinematic language and warm human touch.
Tridens Award for Best Cinematographer
TWO / Do
Director: Soheila Golestani
Tridens Award for Best Music
Tristan Dewey & Tai Jordan PAWNO
Director: Paul Ireland
TRIDENS ESTONIAN FILM AWARD (Grant of 3,200 Euros, shared by the director and producer)
THE FENCER / Miekkailija
2015, Finland, Estonia, Germany
Director: Klaus Haro
Producers: Jörg Bundschuh, Ivo Felt, Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
For its relevance of the subject, simplicity, consistency of style.
Tridens Jury members: Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Alissa Simon (USA), Gust Van Den Berghe (Belgium), Anton Veeremets (Estonia), Gints Berzins (Latvia)
ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
Prize for the best movie depicting Christian values
Ecumenical jury awards a film with a remarkable scenario and superb acting, underlining boldly the self-sacrifice based on prayer, regret coming from a pure heart and a wish to reckon with god in the most difficult choices. The jury admits that instead of the disturbing naturalistic shots the author could have entrusted the audience’s imagination more.
ZINNIA FLOWER / Bai Ri Gao Bie
Director: Tom Shu-Yu Lin
The jury renowns the film for directing the viewer to emphatically give sense to life in its wholeness. A film that carries noble brightness even in the reality of death.
Jury members: Andres Põder (Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church), Philippe Jean-Charles Jourdan (Roman Catholic Church), Kornelius (Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate), Indrek Sammul (Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate), Stefanus (Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church), Sakarias Leppik, Erki Tamm (Tallinn Kalju Baptist Congregation)
STRANGER / Zhat
Director: Yeremek Tursunov
For unveiling the lesser known history of Central Asia with dramatic humanism and fine acting.
Jury members: Kirill E. Razlogov (Russia), Roland Tolentino (Philippines), Artemy Troitsky (Russia)
FIPRESCI Award for the best debut film
Director: Martin Meija Rugles
In a world run by excess, it takes courage to make an understated movie with a strong and valid point. Our winner has managed to restore the balance between man and nature, staying true to a challenging, distinctive film language, and has delivered a piece of art that stays in your mind long after the screening.
THE PROSECUTOR, THE DEFENDER, THE FATHER AND HIS SON
2015, Bulgaria, Sweden, Netherlands
Director: Iglika Triffonova
Jury members: Mike Naafs (Netherlands), Martin Botha (Republic of South Africa), Tristan Priimägi (Estonia)
THE FIND / Находка
Director: Victor Dement
Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams “Heino Pars” Grand Prix (Grant of 1,000 Euros)
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Director: Daisy Jacobs
Jury members: Tsvika Oren (Israel), Emma de Swaef (Belgium), Kalju Kivi (Estonia).
Children’s and Youth Film Festival Just Film Grand Prix (Grant of 3,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer)
Director: Andrei Zaitsev
Producer: Olga Granina, Andrei Zaitsev
Jury Members: Gert Germans (Belgium), Jaroslava Hynštova (Czech Republic), Mihkel Ulk (Estonia).
International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers Grand Prix
TO LIGHT / VALGUSEKS/ VALGUSENI/ VALGUSENA
Director: Nora Särak
Jury Members: Carmen Gray (UK), Emilie Toomela (Estonia), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Finland), Ilona Bicevska (Latvia), Dato Janelidze (Georgia), Ivan Pavljutškov (Estonia)