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Danish films at 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

20.11.2015  18:02
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and its sub-festivals will in 13-29 November 2015 include several Danish films in their programmes.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival programmes on 13-29 November 2015 will offer a worthy selection of new films from Denmark and films made in cooperation with Danish producers.

The Danish candidate for foreign language film Oscar in February next year, "A War" (Krigen / Denmark, 2015) has Pilou Asbæk in the leading role as a soldier in Afghanistan. Film is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, whose previous films "R" (2010) and "A Hijacking” (2012) have been shown at PÖFF. The parallel stories folding at the war abroad and at home in Copenhagen create a thought-provoking drama of guilt showing the traces of war. "A War" will come into theatrical distribution in Estonia in February 2016.

The traces of the war are also depicted in "Land of Mine" (Under sandet / Denmark, Germany, 2015), set immediately after the Second World War. Written and directed by Martin Zandvliet the story describes a group of teenaged German prisoners of war who have to disarm over two million landmines that their countrymen have planted onto the sandy coast of Jutland. The actors Louis Hofmann and Roland Møller share the recently obtained the best actor’s prize from Tokyo Film Festival. The audience of PÖFF can see the film before it reaches Danish cinemas on 3 December.

The relationship issues are delved with in "Key House Mirror " (Hus nogle spejl / Denmark, 2015), and "In Your Arms" (I dine hænder / Denmark, 2015). The co-director with Tobias Lindholm in "R", Michael Noer has directed drama "Key House Mirror" that tells a timeless and heart-warming love story where in the nursing home caring for her husband Lily (Danish cinema’s grand old lady Ghita Nørby) finds a friend in Erik who moves into the neighboring room. "In Your Arms", written by Samano Acheche Sahlstrøm for his own directorial debut, is road-movie of a kind in which a young nurse travels to euthanasia clinic in Switzerland with Niels who is in wheelchair due to nervous system illness. The film was awarded film critics FIPRESCI and Best Nordic Film Awards at Gothenburg International Film Festival and award for the best debut film at Brussels Film Festival.

Films made in cooperation with Danish producers include Joachim Trier's, alumni of The European Film College in Denmark, "Louder Than Bombs” (Norway, France, Denmark, 2015), the story of a father and three sons who have to cope with war photographer mother's departure. Danish Film School graduate Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson has written and directed "Sparrows” (Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, 2015) that brings to screen the hesitations of a 16-year-old boy and the breakup of his parents. Polish director Hanna Polak’s documentary "Something Better to Come” (Denmark, Poland, 2015), observed for many years the children living in Moscow’s junkyard. The two latter films are screened in the programme of Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film.

The PÖFF programme also includes “The Danish Girl”  (comes to Estonian cinemas in January) that brings viewers to 1920-30ies Copenhagen, and the French film “Courted” , that has Sidse Babett Knudsen in one of the leading roles.

Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams competition program includes collaboration an animated film "Life With Herman H. Rott" (Estonia, Croatia, Denmark 2015, dir. Chintis Lundgren)

Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers has in its Baltic Sea competition programme "Trots" (Rodløs / Denmark, 2014, dir. Kira Richards Hansen) and "Angry Man" (En vred Mand / Denmark, 2015, dir. Jannik Dahl Pedersen), and in the European Film Academy Programme "Short Matters" films “Whale Valley" (Hvalfjordb / Denmark, Iceland, 2013, dir. Arnar Guðmundur Guðmundsson) and the "Taprobane" (Portugal, Sri Lanka, Denmark, 2014, dir. Gabriel Abrantes)

Enjoy the Danish films at PÖFF!