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Ten Croatian Films at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

The international competition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia includes two minority co-productions, Inferno and Itsi Bitsi, while other categories include Monument to Michael Jackson, No One’s Child, Judgment, Cure –The Life of Another, Number 55, The Reaper, These are the Rules and Vis-À-Vis.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the most important film festival in the Baltic. Its 18th edition takes place 14-30 November. Among 18 film fighting for the wolf statue and a 10 thousand Euro prize in the international competition, there are two Croatian minority co-productions, Inferno and Itsi Bitsi.

The Slovenian-Croatian co-production Inferno, directed by Vinko Möderndorfer, speaks about an unemployed father fighting for his family’s survival in the capitalist world. The film was written and directed by Vinko Möderndorfer, the cinematographer is Mirko Pivčević, and editor Andrija Zafranović. It is produced by Forum Ljubljana, in co-production with Kinorama (HR), Sektor film (MK) and Delirium (SR). The film is backed by the Slovenian Film Centre and Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

The film Itsi Bitsi is a Danish-Croatian co-production written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The biopic about Eik Skaløe, a famous Danish activist, poet and musician, takes place in the 1960s. The producer of this film, mainly shot in Croatia, is Lars Bredo Rahbek, with Igor A. Nola as the Croatian co-producer.

The Off the Wall section – screening films by young Eastern European directors – will show another two minority co-productions, Monument to Michael Jackson and No One’s Child. The former is directed by Darko Lungulov and the latter is the directorial debut of writer and director Vuk Ršumović, which already earned him awards in Venice and the recently held ZFF.

The programme named ’18 Selected Titles’ will screen the minority co-production Judgment, directed by Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev. One of the co-producers is Zagreb’s Propeler Film. The films in this section were chosen by the festival team, and it focuses on new titles by the directors who already participated twice at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Panorama – a selection of the finest films on the festival scene, is showing Cure – The Life of Another, directed by Andrea Štaka, Number 55 by Kristijan Milić, The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić and the award-winning These Are the Rules by Ognjen Sviličić.

The Forum section, showing films that inspire discussion with their form, content or style, will screen Vis-À-Vis by Nevio Marasović, who also wrote the film next to Janko Popović Volarić and Rakan Rushaidat.

At the 16th edition of this festival, the International EurAsia Competition gave a jury’s special mention to the film Halima’s Path, directed by Arsen Anton Ostojić.

All the details regarding the festival are available on this link.

Title photos: a scene from Inferno; a scene from Itsi Bitsi

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