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Tallinn Black Nights Awards Barzakh and Animals

The Best Film Award of the Tridens Baltic Feature Film Competition at the 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (November 16 - 30, 2011) was shared by Mantas Kvedaravičius's Barzakh and Laila Pakalnina's 33 Animals of Santa Claus. To top if off, Barzakh received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Baltic Film.



Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)
November 16 - 30, 2011
Tallinn / Estonia

With more than 30 documentary films scattered in its various programmes, the 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival presented a survey of the latest documentary films from the Baltic region, as well as from the international festival circuit.

Tridens Baltic Film Competition

Best Film (EUR 5000)
FIPRESCI Award

Barzakh

 
 
Production company: Extimacy Films, Sputnik Oy

Finland, Lithuania, 2011, 60 min, DCP, Human Rights, Social Issues

In a Chechen city recovering after the war, a man disappears. The peope, trying to find him, are drawn into a world where they see encounters, diviners and legal advisors, the torturers and the tortured, secret prisons and mythical lakes. When the missing ones appear in those people's dreams, they say, they come from Barzakh - a land between the living and the death.

 


Best Film (EUR 5000)

33 Animals of Santa Claus

Director: Pakalnina Laila
Producer: Pakalnina Laila
Production company: Hargla Company

33 Zvēri ziemassvētku vecītim , Latvia, 2011, 50 min, DCP, Digi Beta, Creative, Portrait

Santa Claus lives on the 4th floor of an apartment house. Santa owns 7 dogs, 6 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 crow, 1 pigeon, 1 chinchilla, 1 guinea pig, 10 degus and some fish.

 

You can read more about all PÖFF winners here.


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