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10 highlights from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

Posted On: 4 Dec 2019   |   Posted By: Little White Lies

10 highlights from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

As the curtain fell on the 23rd edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival , Anshul Chauhan's Kontora walked away with the Grand Prix prize. However, the most powerful films at this year's event were those haunted by spectres of the past - from Rene van Pannevis' FIPRESCI Prize winner Looted, where the death of Britain's fishing industry looms like a pregnant storm cloud, to Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter's Space Dogs, in which the ghost of a canine cosmonaut haunts the streets of Moscow. Celebrating the extraordinary ability of cinema to resurrect the past, here are 10 highlights from this year's programme.
1. Andrey Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer
In 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky visited Tallinn to shoot his enigmatic sci-fi masterpiece Stalker. He considered the film his greatest achievement, so It's fitting a documentary about his career should screen in the Estonian capital. Directed by Tarkovsky's son, and featuring previously unreleased recordings of poems by his father, Arseny Tarkovsky, this reverential...

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