Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival no. 10 (POEFF) 1.- 9.12.2006 by Christl Grunwald-Merz
The three of us in the FICC-Jury came from the Baltic countries Lithuania and Estonia, myself, sent by the Bundesverband Jugend und Film, from Germany. We had to pick out the "best" of 20 films from 20 European and Asian countries - all of them started in 2006. It was hard - not only for our jury but also for the main jury and for the jury of NETPAC (The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Although distinctively original by their genres and themes as well as by the style they are made - each of them has special qualities. So we were very glad that other juries gave their prices to films which were among our favourites. Special mentions we gave to Azuloscurocasinegro (Darkbluealmostblack) from Spain, director: Daniel Sŕnchez Arévalo), the film won the "Grand Prix for Best Eurasian Film" of the main jury and to the Turkish-French cooproduction Iklimler (Klimata), Regie: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - it also won the price for the best director from the main jury.
The DON QUIJOTE AWARD was given to the Norvegian production Sřnner (Sons) of the young director Erik Richter Strand
"because the film combines a socially very relevant content with an outstanding aesthetic quality of narrative means,.due to which it appeals also to a young public as an important target group".
The plot is childrens abuse by pedophiles, their secretely taken photosgraphs resp. videos being sent around the world. The "bad" hero tries to apologize: he had only played the role ot the father missing in the children's families ..
The two Baltic productions - A esi tu (You am I), director: Kristijonas Vildziunas (a Lithuanian-German coproduction) and from Estonia Meeletu (Mindless) by Elmo Nüganen - had in common the flight from the hollow ratrace in the cities which gratify only economic performance, a flight which leads the (male) heroes to the beautiful refugies in the countryside. The Lithuanian film got the main jury's "Special Jury Price".
Kargaran mashghoule karand (Men at Work) from the Iranian director Mani Haghighi received the "Netpac Jury Award". The Chinese film from Zhang Yuan Kan shang qu hen mei (Little Red Flowers) got a "Special Mention" of the main jury, another one was giveen to Z odzysku (Retrieval) by Slawomir Fabicki from Poland - it shows the fall of an honest young man in the cruel times of turbocapitalist changes. The German film Requiem, director: Hans-Christian Schmid, was well received and ist leading actress, Sandra Hueller, got the main jury's "price for the best actress".
After the first days I had got the impression that it is only "sex and crime" what makes films go - or what film makers think that it does help them to catch audiences. I saw it a bit milder at the end - but the impression did not disappear completely.