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Rare Exports kicks off a packed Black Nights programme

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Rare Exports kicks off a packed Black Nights programme

Held in the Estonian capital on the eve of the 23rd European Film Awards and Tallinn 2011 – European Capital of Culture, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has a packed programme of film screenings, events and special guests for its 14th edition (November 24-December 5).

The festival kicks off tomorrow with Jalmari Helanders’ Finnish genre film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [+see also:
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, to be presented by its producer Petri Jokiranta and actor Peeter Jakobi. The closing film will be Estonia’s stop-motion animation Sky Song by Mati Kütt. It runs in the Tridens Baltic Feature Film Competition along with 16 of the best recent films from the Baltic region, including The Temptation of St. Tony [+see also:
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(Estonia), Eastern Drift [+see also:
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by Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas and the Latvian documentary Jaguar’s Corner by Andis Mizišs.

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The jury comprises Trieste Film Festival director Annamaria Percavassi, Brazilian director Eduardo Valente and Lithuanian producer Rasa Miskinyte.

Twenty-two films will screen in the Official Competition EurAsia programme, including several entries for this year’s Academy Awards nominations, such as Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing [+see also:
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(Poland) and Susanne Bier’s In a Better World [+see also:
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(Denmark).

Members of the EurAsia jury are US producer David Willis, Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga, Iranian actor Fatemeh Simin Motamed-Arya, Dutch programmer Intishal al Timimi, Estonian producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins and Hungarian opera director Csaba Káel.

Highlights of this year’s festival also include focuses on Finnish cinema, the Czech New Wave and the EFA nominees.

The parallel Black Market Industry Screenings will be held from December 1-4 and the Baltic Event Screenings on December 1-2. The Industry Day on December 1 will focus on Russian cinema and on December 2, the Literary Rights Market Books to Films will promote literary works from the Baltic and Nordic countries, Russia and Eastern Europe.

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